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Botox vs. Dysport: What’s the Difference?

Posted on February 25, 2015 by: Dr. Rocheford

Botox vs. DysportEveryone’s heard of Botox – but not everyone knows that this popular skin injection has a little friendly competition. Dysport is similar to Botox in that it can be used to diminish the look of wrinkles and fine lines, especially in the forehead region and around the eyes. What’s more, Dysport contains the same active protein as Botox, making this a very similar anti-aging product.

So if both Botox and Dysport contain the same active ingredients and are ideal for diminishing the look of wrinkles, what are the differences between the two? Which one is the best option for your anti-aging needs?

Here’s what you need to know:

• Botox and Dysport both work by using a protein that temporarily paralyzes the muscles in the injection site. This causes the skin over the muscles to appear more relaxed and smooth, which minimizes the look of wrinkles and fine lines.

However, some clinical studies have shown that Dysport spreads out over a larger area than Botox, which might make this an ideal choice if you’re looking for a wrinkle-free forehead. If you’re treating the wrinkles around your eyes, however, it might be best to opt for a more precise injection with Botox.

• Botox is about 20% more expensive than Dysport, with an average cost of $280 per 20 units. Dysport only costs about $210 per 50 units, making this a great choice for clients who want to look great without blowing their budgets.

• Of course, it’s also important to point out that some clinical studies have shown that Botox is more effective with fewer units. Therefore, depending on the treatment area, it might actually be cheaper to opt for Botox. This is something that can be discussed with your doctor.

• Clinical studies have shown that Dysport lasts about as long as Botox, with some studies even indicating that it lasts longer. Both Last approximately 3 to 5 months and then a retreatment if necessary.

If you’re wondering which anti-aging treatment is right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Heather Rocheford at her plastic surgery practice in Woodbury, MN (also serving Minneapolis and St. Paul). As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Rocheford can help you discover the right skin injection to suit your anti-aging needs. Call 651-968-1294 today to schedule an appointment.

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