Wrinkles are a natural sign of aging. Over time, our skin loses its elasticity thanks to reduced collagen, reduced elastin, smoking, and increased sun exposure. Facial expressions such as frowning, squinting, and even smiling can make wrinkles seem more pronounced. Sometimes, these wrinkles show up sooner than we expect.
If you’re considering looking for a solution to reduce the signs of wrinkles, our team at Elements Dental Spa – Baton Rouge Dentist & Aesthetics Spa can help. Our doctors have extensive expertise with injectables like Botox, Dysport, and several other injectables used to reduce wrinkles, reduce TMJ pain and headaches, and restore your overall quality of life.
Botox is also known as Botulinum Type A and, when used in controlled amounts, can reduce or remove fine lines and wrinkles. Botox® is a neuromuscular inhibitor and works by blocking the nerve signals in the muscles in the face to the brain.
When Botox blocks the nerve signals in the face, the muscles cannot contract as freely as before. This lack of muscle movement relaxes the muscles in your face to significantly reduce the appearance of wrinkles and to smooth out the skin.
In 2009, the FDA approved Dysport for use in the United States. Since then, it’s been proven to be an effective, non-invasive treatment for wrinkles, and fine lines.
Like Botox, Botulinum Type A is Dysport’s active ingredient. Once injected, Dysport disables the nerves around the injection site. This limits muscle movement, relaxing the area and smoothing out the skin.
At first glance, there seems to be no real difference between Botox and Dysport. Both contain the same active ingredient (Botulinum Type A) and can reduce the appearance of wrinkles. However, there are some key distinctions that will make your doctor choose one over the other.
Dysport also differs in terms of its molecular behavior and diffusion. This makeup means it spreads faster, especially over a larger surface area, with just a few injections. So the differences really come down to the way each injectable is applied by your doctor.
Both Botox and Dysport are FDA-approved. Most doctors suggest that adults between 35 and 65 are the best candidates.
The process for both Dysport and Botox are exactly the same. Your injectable journey starts off with an initial consultation with your doctor.
The doctor checks your current medical history, assesses the current wrinkles on the face, and comes up with a game plan. Sometimes, that game plan contains both Dysport and Botox in the same session.
Botox and Dysport are non-invasive procedures that take less than 30 minutes in some cases. It’s not uncommon for patients to have their Botox or Dysport treatment during their lunch break.
Compared to invasive procedures, injectables have shorter recovery and a high success rate. The biggest difference during the procedure would be the injectable used at the time.
Your doctor will mark off the intended injection sites, then use a topical agent to numb the skin. Your doctor will then inject the Botox or Dysport in the appropriate spots. After checking your skin to make sure all goes well, you can leave and go about your day.
Over the next few days, you’ll start to see changes in your wrinkles and overall look.
Both injectables have excellent success rates with reducing the signs of wrinkles. Dysport lasts between 3 to 4 months needing additional treatments to keep the amazing results.
Botox is a safe, effective treatment that can last for as long as 4 months, although it can possibly last for 6 months, depending on the location of the injectable. Over time, the neuromodulator will break down into simple proteins that will be absorbed by the body. From there, you’ll see some movement in your muscles again, (but fewer wrinkles) which is a great time to schedule your next visit.
Since both contain the Botulinum Toxin Type A, they share the same potential side effects. Remember, that any medical or cosmetic procedure will have a degree of risk. Common reactions include pain and swelling at the injection site, headache, ptosis (droopy eyelid), and dryness (if the injection is near the eyes). More serious reactions include muscle weakness, trouble swallowing, and breathing. Side effects are rare if your treatments are handled by an experienced injector.
It also comes down to the expert using the injectable. Dr. Luong is an experienced injector with extensive knowledge on all things injectable in the Baton Rouge area, meaning she will select the best one for you.
At Elements Dental Spa, our doctor understands how Botox and Dysport affect the different lines and wrinkles on your face and can devise a plan to help you look and feel years younger. To schedule a Botox or Dysport consultation, reach out to us today, you may also call us at (225) 398-8812.