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Larry A. Sargent, MD FACS
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Sargent Plastic Surgery
Plastic Surgery Specials
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Injectable wrinkle rejuvenation
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Differences Between Botox and Dysport Injectables
The following is essential to the understanding of the differences between
Dysport and Botox
The short answer
Botox and Dysport are the exact same Neurotoxin, Clostridium botulinum.
both render the release of acetylcholine (ACH), Muscle constriction, inactive for a period of approximately 90 days.
both reduce the muscular induced appearance of lines and wrinkles. Albeit with different efficacies.
Botox was the first to market, followed by Dysport. The time on market reflects the cost, Botox being the most expensive, Followed by Dysport. the price difference is simply due to marketing. There is again no difference in the toxin.
Botox is the largest of the molecules and therefore has the slowest onset , 3-5 days. As it cannot be injected directly into the muscle due to its molecular size. Additionally, Botox has a large number of Non- essential Accessory proteins (NAPS) which must be cleaved from the toxin, following injection, to become active. This is the reason for the slow onset when compared to Dysport.
Dysport most effective, is a much smaller molecule than Botox, Dysport is injected into the muscle, and with less NAPS, it begins to work much faster, typically within 24-48 hours.
This is our preferred treatment at Sargent Plastic Surgery of Chattanooga, TN!
What Is Involved In Cosmetic Injections?
Using a very fine needle, injectables are placed directly into facial muscles that are causing furrows and lines. No anesthetic is required, but some doctors choose to numb the area to be injected with ice packs or a topical anesthetic cream. Results can usually be seen within a few days of treatment, and typically last up to 4 months, although areas that are treated on a regular basis may retain results longer. Injections should be given only by qualified medical professionals.
Candidates For Injectables
According to the manufacturer’s websites, candidates for injectable are “adults less than 65 years of age” who want “temporary improvement in the look of moderate-to-severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines).” It may not be suitable for those with the following:
Allergies to Dysport injectable or its ingredients
An allergy to cow’s milk protein
Surgical facial changes
Very weak muscles in the treatment area
A face that looks very different on each side
Inflammation or infection in the area to be injected
Droopy eyelids or sagging eyelid folds
Deep facial scars
Thick, oily skin
Wrinkles that cannot be smoothed when spread apart