Dysport® Joins BOTOX® COSMETIC® in Smoothing Facial Lines

If you are looking for a new way to prevent or reverse fine lines and wrinkles that crop up on the face, look no further than the two leading solutions available at Midwest Dermatology – BOTOX® Cosmetic and the new kid in the world of wrinkle treatment, Dysport®.

BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® are what’s known in the dermatology world as “neuromodulators.” They are both FDA-approved injectable drugs that relax and soften the skin by restricting facial muscles from contracting. When the facial muscles don’t contract, or contract less, the appearance of wrinkles can be reduced or erased, resulting in a subtly younger, more refreshed appearance.

Injected By Experts

The best news is that when an experienced injector administers either BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport®, you can see quick results that last with no downtime. Midwest Dermatology’s board-certified dermatologists have the expertise and experience to be able to place the drugs in precisely targeted areas where most facial wrinkles occur.

For example, both BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® can be used to relax facial lines and prevent:

  • Moderate to severe furrows in the glabella between the brows – often called “the elevens” because that’s what they look like
  • Crow’s feet that park themselves near the outer corners of the eyes
  • Forehead wrinkles that create “hooding” over your eyes
  • Lines and wrinkles around the mouth and the lips

For years, BOTOX® Cosmetic has been the “face” of neuromodulators, also known as botulinum toxin injections. It has earned its reputation as an effective solution in treating dynamic wrinkles – lines that are visible when we make certain kinds of expressions with our face. BOTOX® Cosmetic is also a proven treatment for glabellar frown lines and can be used for the wrinkles that span the width of the forehead and lines around the eyes including pesky “crow’s feet” at the corners and hooding of the eyelid.

Dysport® is very similar to BOTOX® Cosmetic but with a slight difference in the potency of trace proteins and recommended areas for use. For example, many women and men seek treatment for furrows between the brows. Using a few injections around the eyes and forehead, Dysport® blocks signals from the brain to the muscles surrounding these lines, preventing the deep furrows from forming. Over time, the face relaxes and wrinkles soften. If you have a persistent “angry” look from these frown lines, Dysport® may be just the answer.

Which One Is Right for You?

When it comes to comparing these two popular neuromodulators, there are as many similarities as there are differences. Both contain a protein called botulinum toxin type A which is the main active ingredient.  They work the same way but on a different molecular level.

Dysport® contains extra proteins that give it a slightly lower molecular weight, resulting in a lighter and less potent formulation. But it is a myth to say that Dysport® is a lighter version of BOTOX® Cosmetic. It is, however, true that a patient may require more Dysport® to achieve the same result.

Dysport® does a faster onset of just 24 hours compared to three to five days for BOTOX® Cosmetic, which may make it a better choice for targeting specific areas. But which one lasts longer? The answer is that they both perform well. Both are absorbed by the body over time and results usually last about three months.

Some patients may discover that one formula lasts longer than the other, which prompts them to switch to that formula permanently. When treatments last longer, patients save money by prolonging the time needed for maintenance treatments.  The great news is that you can schedule a treatment for either one of these treatments if the other is not effective or stops working as effectively over time.  It is not uncommon for patients to switch between the two.

Midwest Derm Has Pre-Juvenation Choices

The decisions about how to rejuvenate a maturing face are ultimately best left to you and your Midwest Dermatology board-certified dermatologist.

Simply schedule a consultation today and we can evaluate your skin, your skin goals and even talk to you about “pre-juvenation” – stopping wrinkles before they start! Whether you decide on BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport® treatment, or another cosmetic procedure, you can count on our experienced and patient-focused team to help you enhance your appearance.

For BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment, contact these physicians in Omaha and Norfolk:

 Dr. Melissa Darling

Dr. Jason Papenfuss

Dr. Collin Parker

 For Dysport® treatment, contact this physician in Omaha or Norfolk:

 Dr. Melissa Darling



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