Botox and Dysport are neurotoxin (NT) injections block signals from the nerves to the muscles. Botox/Dysport are NOT FILLERS (Fillers are Restylane/Lyft/Silk). Botox/Dysport do NOT fill wrinkles. They stop contraction of wrinkle-causing muscles, resulting in softening of lines. It is most often used on forehead lines, crow’s feet (lines around the eye) and frown lines. Wrinkles caused by sun damage and very deep, severe wrinkles don’t respond that well to NT injections.
Botox is the more well known NT. It has been around longer than Dysport and is more easily found. Both Botox and Dysport are botulinum toxin injections. Dysport has a quicker onset and diffuses (spreads) more than Botox. The advantage here may be that you can treat broader areas, like the forehead, with fewer needle sticks. The flip side is that smaller areas must be carefully treated to limit spread beyond the desired treatment areas which could cause undesirable side effects.
Botox/Dysport injections are often done with a very thin and short needle. Pain response is different for everyone, but most say the injections are no worse than a bee sting or prick.
An individual consultation and assessment with a trained injector are needed to determine what may work best for you. Men will often need more than women due to larger muscle mass. Units and dosing are different for Botox and Dysport.
Most common SE are swelling, tenderness, bruising, and/or redness at injections sites. Other side effects may include eye/brow drooping, eyelid heaviness, and eyelid ptosis due to the migration of the Botox/Dysport to nearby muscles (temporary and usually resolves within 2-3 weeks) and as the effects of the NTs wear off. Mild transient headache may occur and usually resolves after 24 hours. Uncommon side effects may include numbness/dullness, asymmetry, and in some patients, resistance to the effects of toxins causing little to no results.
**NOT FOR PREGNANT, BREASTFEEDING, LACTATING WOMEN.
*Tip: Plan your injections 1-2 month before to major social events to allow time to heal and touch up if needed.