BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® are trademark names for purified botulinum toxin, a type of protein which has been found to have many medical and cosmetic uses. Dr. Schuster primarily uses these injectables, also called neuromodulators, to help patients at his cosmetic surgery practice achieve a more youthful appearance by reducing and sometimes eliminating facial wrinkles and lines.*
The most popular BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® treatment areas are the frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead wrinkles, which appear due to a folding or creasing of the skin when making normal facial expressions. The neuromodulators temporarily relax the facial muscles, and the overlying lines soften.
The injectables can also be used to create a non-surgical brow lift. By placing small amounts of BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport® in certain locations, the shape and position of the eyebrows can be changed. This helps to open up the eye area and show off the eyes.
Why Choose BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport®?
Cosmetic and Dysport® have become popular with patients at our Baltimore, Maryland area practice and with individuals across the country because they are safe, easy to receive, extremely effective and affordable.*
Treatment is performed in the office and takes about 10 minutes or less. There is virtually no downtime, although Dr. Schuster requests that patients avoid lying flat, exercising or rubbing the treated areas for three hours after treatment.
It usually takes about three to five days to see the full effects of treatment, and results can last about three to four months.* Additionally, BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® treatments should be repeated every few months to help patients maintain their results.
The risks are very small — primarily some bruising or mild swelling, headaches and occasional fatigue have been described.* Rarely, a droopy upper eyelid can develop temporarily after treatment.
BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® treatment at our practice near Baltimore, Maryland may be used alone or in conjunction with other surgical or non-surgical procedures, including fillers, laser resurfacing, chemical peels, eyelid surgery, face lift, and more. During your consultation, Dr. Schuster can develop a personalized treatment plan to meet your individual appearance goals.*
Which Is the Best Age to Start Treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport®?
There isn’t a universal “right age” to start treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport®. Everyone’s skin is different, depending on factors such as genetics, sun exposure, lifestyle habits and skin color. The best age for you is when you start to notice and feel bothered by visible wrinkles.
The Difference's between BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport®
BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® are both botulinum toxin type A proteins and behave very similarly. However, they have several distinct differences:
- BOTOX® Cosmetic was FDA-approved years before Dysport®.
- The two injectables are dosed differently.
- Dysport® results may appear one to two days earlier than BOTOX® Cosmetic results.
- Dysport® tends to diffuse, or spread, over a wider area than BOTOX® Cosmetic.
Are BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® Dosed Similarly?
BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® are not equivalent. Although experts haven’t conclusively agreed on a ratio, the most commonly accepted ratio is 2.5 or 3 units of Dysport® to 1 unit of BOTOX® Cosmetic. The products are also packaged differently, with 300 units of Dysport® in a vial and 100 units in a BOTOX® Cosmetic vial.
How the products are prepared can differ from office to office; different practices dilute the products differently, so the actual amount of product used can vary from location to location. Dishonest practices (many of which you will see advertising “bargain deals” on Groupon) may even use counterfeit product. For that reason, it’s important to go to a trusted medical practice to ensure you receive the real product and the appropriate amount.
Other Uses for BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport®
In addition to its primary uses, BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® are also used (sometimes “off-label,” meaning not for FDA-approved uses) to accomplish the following:
- To reduce excessive sweating.* People who suffer from hyperhidrosis, a condition in which the sweat glands produce too much sweat, may benefit from treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport®. The most common treatment areas are the armpits or palms.
- To smooth an aging neck. BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport® can relax visible platysma neck bands that become more prominent with age.
- To lift the corners of the mouth. When placed in specific locations, BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® can help to correct a downward frown.
- To relax twitching eyelids. BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® have been shown to treat blepharospasm (i.e., involuntary closing of the eyelids or uncontrolled blinking).
Possible Risks of BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport®
One of the possible risks of using BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® for these uses is that the product can spread farther than intended, causing problems like muscle weakness, visual disturbances, trouble breathing and difficulty swallowing. For this reason, it’s crucial to work with a qualified, experienced injector.
*Individual results may vary