Botox® vs. Dysport®
Botox® and Dysport® treat the same conditions. Both are a type of botulinum type A used to relax the muscles that cause frown lines and other over active muscles of the face, like forehead lines and crow’s feet. There are subtle differences:
- Dysport® tends to spread a little more than Botox®. So, it works well for areas that would otherwise need multiple injections.
- Dysport® also kicks in faster than Botox®, typically showing effects after two to three days opposed to seven to ten days with Botox, and five to six days with Xeomin®.
Botox® vs Xeomin®
The main difference between Xeomin® and Botox®, is that Xeomin® contains just one ingredient: botulinum toxin A. Xeomin® is a purified neurotoxin and is therefore also called a “naked molecule”. This “pure” neurotoxin migrates deeper into skin, works faster, and poses less risk of an allergic reaction.
What Is Botox® Made Of?
Botox® (OnabotulinumtoxinA) is a cosmetic injectable neurotoxin that is a very diluted form of Botulinum Toxin, which is found in the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. It blocks nerve activity in the muscles. In this diluted format, it is used to relax your muscles—typically in your forehead, in between your eyebrows, and around your eyes.
How Does Botox® Work?
Botulinum toxin works by inhibiting the release of a neurotransmitter, acetylcholine, by the nerve cells. This prevents the nerve signals from being released by the cells hence blocked signals from the nerves to the muscles. The result is reduced muscle movements – the injected muscle can no longer contract, which causes the wrinkles to relax and soften. The wrinkles are “erased”.
Botox® Recovery Time
Botox® is known as a ‘lunchtime procedure’ because patients can return to their daily activities, including work, after a few hours. Patients, though, are advised to avoid:
- lying down for at least 4 hours after the treatments, and
- exercise for at least 24 hours,
- consuming alcohol prior and after the treatment for at least a week, and
- Anti inflammatory medicines and aspirins for almost two weeks before the treatment takes place. This will help reduce bruising.
Botox® is used medically to treat certain muscular conditions, and cosmetically to remove wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing muscles.
Tiny Botox® injections are directly injected into the skin and muscles in the face using a very fine needle. The procedure takes less than an hour and there is no need to administer anesthesia. There is very little or no discomfort at all.