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Dysport versus Botox: Which one is better for you?

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Over the years, the trends in cosmetic procedures have run parallel to our society’s demands for noticeable effects. It began with Botox, that wonder drug for removing fine lines and wrinkles at the prick of a needle, giving immediate results in just minutes. Now, we have Dysport, a newer, faster version that may just be the latest answer for those instant gratification face lift needs.

Have you ever been curious as to whether Botox or Dysport would work for you? For an expert analysis of your skin and treatment consultation, contact Dr. Carter today.

The Legacy of Botox

Originally used to control muscle spasms, the formula known as Botulinum toxin fired media attention worldwide when it was approved as a cosmetic procedure to remove fine lines and wrinkles from the face. The first focus was completely on its ingredients, and much was made from the fact that it contained the bacteria that causes botulism.

The supposed danger in using it may actually have increased its popularity among the rich and famous, reinforced by the astounding visual effects it gave its users. Once injected, the formula moves into the tissues and muscles in the injection site, paralyzing them. It would literally freeze that portion of the face into immobility, making it impossible for those lines and wrinkles to reappear.

The Latest News on Dysport

This newer version has much the same effect as its predecessor, Botox. Similar in makeup as well as effect on the injection site, the main difference lies in its potency. Botox would normally take at times, 3 to 5 days before its full effect would take place on the tissues and muscles of the injection site. Dysport on the other hand, takes only half that time, on average around 1 to 2 days.

This speedier benefit is instrumental in increasing its popularity as dermal filler. Not only does it seem to work faster than Botox, its duration has also appeared to have been boosted when compared to the older anti-aging process. In essence, it works faster and lasts longer, and for the moment, it is unknown just how it manages to pull this feat off.

Potential Risks and Complications

Botox injections have recorded several side effects over the years, none of which are dangerous. The most common one reported by Botox patients is bruising around the injection site, while others have sworn that they have had headaches, allergic reactions and flu-like symptoms. Some patients also reported unusual facial expressions occurring, like drooping eyelids or uneven smiles, though rare.

Dysport, on the other hand, has reports of tingling, numbness and swelling around the injection site, as well as bruising. It is also thought that because of the higher potency given to the new formula of the toxin, that patients may develop a resistance to it over time, making it less effective.

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