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Forehead lines and frown lines are the unfortunate by-products of smiling, laughing, squinting, frowning and every other type of facial expression that causes the skin to wrinkle.  As you age, these lines become permanent and are disturbing to the appearance.  The reality is that the skin loses collagen and elasticity so it doesn’t snap back like it used to.  It could be because you’re getting older or you’ve had too much exposure to the sun.

At Advanced Skin Fitness, although Dysport® is our preferred treatment to prevent facial muscles from forming wrinkles, we still offer old fashioned Botox for those who are stuck on the marketing name of Botox.  Botox, which is another form of botulinum Toxic A, minimizes forehead lines, crow’s feet, smile lines, neck folds and frown lines when injected into the skin. Just like Dysport, it’s safe, convenient, thoroughly tested and FDA approved.  Each procedure is fast and provides effective results.  Although Botox is used to treat a host of physical conditions such as migraines, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), and muscle spasms, it’s a popular cosmetic solution that will combat stubborn lines and wrinkles to deliver smoother younger looking skin.

We address some of the concerns that patients have for Botox before having the treatment and other purposes for the medicine, by answering some common questions.

What is the difference between Botox and Dysport? 

Botox and Dysport are made from the same strain of botulism toxin, therefore the chemical properties are very similar.

Although there are some major similarities between Botox and Dysport, the main difference is the base the toxin is mixed with and delivered to the patient.  Dysport is considered to be more natural because it uses a form of lactic acid as its base while Botox use a chemical base.  Both toxins paralyze the muscles so that wrinkles are not able to form.

How long does Botox last compared to Dysport?

Botox, on average will last about 3 to 4 months before another injection is needed, while Dysport injections on average will last as long as six months, sometimes longer.

Botox is FDA approved to last 90 days but we often see up to 120 days out of an application when dosed appropriately.  Dysport is FDA approved to last 120 days while we often see 5 months of duration and sometimes even 6 months.

Does Botox work faster than Dysport?

No.  Dysport activates faster in the tissue that Botox. 

Dysport is FDA approved to activate in 2 – 4 days while Botox takes 7 – 10 days according to its FDA approval.  The reason for this is because the molecule of Dysport is smaller than the molecule of Botox therefore getting into the muscle faster.

Does Dysport work better than Botox?

In our option YES. 

This is because the molecule of Dysport is smaller which makes it a superior product in terms of injection.  Because the molecule is smaller than Botox is spreads better in the muscles and requires fewer injections while providing the same or better “hold” than Botox.

What is the cost difference between Botox and Dysport?

Dysport is slightly less expensive per injection and it only needs to be injected 2 – 3 times per year as compared to Botox which needs to be injected 3 – 4 times per year.

On average Botox costs around $10 – $12 per unit and requires around 20 units for an area.  This calculates to around $200 – $240 per area.

Dysport on average cost around $3.50 – $4 per unit but because the molecule is smaller as mentioned before requires more units.  The average are is 36 – 60 units so the price per area is around $126 – $210 per area.  Dysport typically is less expensive per treatment and remember you get treated few times per year so the savings add up.

What is Botox?

Botox is an injectable treatment that cosmetically removes wrinkles, fine lines and crows feet by temporarily paralyzing the facial muscles and preventing new wrinkles and lines from developing.

Botox is a treatment that is performed by injecting botulin toxin Type A into the skin to block the nerve impulses in the face. After the injection, the muscles will be temporarily paralyzed, so frown lines and wrinkles don’t form when you make facial expressions. The technician will inject small amounts of the toxin into the muscles, so the muscles cannot contract and cause the skin to wrinkle. Once patients receive the injection, the muscles will gradually relax and the skin will become smoother with less wrinkles and lines. This treatment is for patients who have are mildly effected by wrinkles and lines. For those who have a deeper and more inset lines in the skin, they may want to seek a more aggressive treatment to reduce the damage.

How long does the Botox injection take and is it painful?

The Botox and Dysport injection treatments both last about 10 – 15 minutes with little discomfort.

Botox is non-invasive so patients should not expect to experience pain. Very fine needles are used to inject the medication, so there’s no sudden spike of pain when the skin is pricked. To minimize any potential discomfort, the area can be iced or numbed with a topical anesthetic before the injection. Acetaminophen can be taken to reduce any discomfort during the treatment.

Are there any side effects or risks related to Botox?

Some patients experience some minor discomfort during and after the injection, but some of these reactions can be alleviated before the procedure.

Botox injections are typically pain free, but some patients may experience dry mouth, injection discomfort, fatigue, headache, neck pain, vision problems and drooping eyelids.

Is there downtime after the Botox injection?

After the Botox injection there is no downtime. Patients should be able to resume their normal routine.

Patients are cleared to return to their jobs or other planned tasks after they receive the injection, but some patients may want to wait a day or so, if by chance they experience some minor scabbing from the injection.

What is the difference between Botox and Facial Fillers?

Botox temporarily paralyzes the muscle to smooth out deep wrinkles and facial fillers fill in areas where the skin has lost volume.

Botox and facial fillers are both injectables that target wrinkles and last for months at a time, but the techniques are different. Botox uses a toxin to block the muscles from forming wrinkles. The temporary paralysis eventually smooths the wrinkles and stops them from developing when the patient smiles or frowns. Facial fillers plump the skin where it has sunken and has loss collagen from aging and weight loss.

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