Botox Dysport Injectables Facts

Botox and Dysport: 10 Facts You Need to Know

Want to get clearer and smoother skin? Botox and Dysport are the best solutions for you. Botox and Dysport are cosmetic procedures approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration); the procedures help make millions feel more confident and beautiful. Here are ten facts about Botox and Dysport that will help you become more comfortable in your skin. 

Fact #1: Botox and Dysport are NOT Very Different

Botox and Dysport are very similar procedures. Both use Botulumin toxin to paralyze nerve ends. Paralyzing the nerve ends treat muscle spasms and even prevents wrinkles from forming or getting worse.

Both procedures can be used to treat muscle spasms, but they are both more known for preventing and treating wrinkles. 

Fact #2: Botox and Dysport are Generally Safe

Although botulinum toxin is toxic to the human body, controlled and small amounts of it in specific body regions are generally harmless. Both injections are minimally invasive, meaning they do not wound the skin.

Aside from being almost non-invasive, there are very minimal risks involved with these injections. Although the active ingredient in Botox and Dysport, botulinum toxin A, sounds like a deadly virus (it somewhat is), it’s a naturally occurring protein. It is a muscle-relaxing protein.

Aside from the minimal risks with the main active ingredient, dermatologists and experts closely monitor and control the trace amounts of the toxin in the body after injections. But to be more sure, inform your dermatologist if you feel anything is amiss after your injection.  

Fact #3: Botox and Dysport Have Side Effects

Though they are safe, Botox and Dysport have side effects like numbness, slight pain, headaches, or soreness. These side effects are typical and will dissipate after a few days. If side effects persist, contact your dermatologist immediately.

There’s another scarce side effect – botulinum toxicity. Symptoms of this severe side effect include difficulty breathing, struggle in speaking, and hardship in swallowing. Another potential side effect is paralysis, although this side effect is sporadic and only in extremely severe cases.  

Fact #4: Botox and Dysport are the Two of the Most Popular Cosmetic Treatments Worldwide

As of 2017, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that health professionals and dermatologists administered Botox or Dysport to as many as 7.2 Americans. These cosmetic injections comprise about half of all cosmetic injectables. Botox and Dysport are two of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the world.

Their popularity is expectable. These injections are very safe, very easy, give instant results, and they are highly accessible. It is not surprising that these cosmetic injectables are the most popular.  

Fact #5: Botox and Dysport Treat the Muscles, not the Skin

A common misconception about Botox-type injections is that they treat the skin. But that is simply false information. These cosmetic injectables treat the muscles beneath the skin and not the skin itself.

Botox and Dysport are highly diluted forms of botulinum toxin. They are neurotoxins that block the nerve impulses around the local area of the injection. When the nerves are blocked, they can’t send signals to the muscles.

When the muscles do not receive any electrical signals from the nerves around them, they are dormant. They become relaxed and will not form wrinkles on the skin. 

Fact #6: Botox and Dysport Does NOT Make You Look Stiff

Botox and Dysport are not like cosmetic plastic surgery, which adds substances underneath the skin. Botox and Dysport are neurotoxins that the body will spurn out through its natural cleansing systems. But even then, the effects of the neurotoxins still keep the muscles from forming wrinkles on the skin.

Botox and Dysport do not do anything to the skin. The skin still looks natural, and the procedure does not interfere with how your face moves.

The key to getting the best results from Botox and Dysport injections is the proper placement and how much of the neurotoxin is injected. Because these cosmetic injectables are very popular, any reputable dermatologist and provider of aesthetic services should know how to inject Botox and Dysport.

Be sure to have only the most reputable aesthetic services provider you can find inject you with either Botox or Dysport. 

Fact #7: Botox and Dysport Injections are Quick and Easily Manageable

One significant benefit of a cosmetic injectable like Botox or Dysport is that it is easy to squeeze into your schedule. The procedure does not last long. And afterward, you can jump right back into your day-to-day routine.

Depending on what you want to treat, a Botox or Dysport injection procedure can last as short as 10 minutes. The doctor or dermatologist first begins to sanitize the area to be treated, then perhaps numb it with a topical numbing cream. Then the specialist injects the Botox or Dysport just under the skin.

And that’s it! You can be on your merry way.  

Fact #8: Botox and Dysport are Actually Brand Names

This fact may be pretty shocking, but Botox and Dysport are actually brand names of the same diluted neurotoxin. The differences they have usually are in the concentrations of their neurotoxins or the number of trace proteins they have. Because of their slight differences in compositions, they may have varying strengths of effects.

Dysport is commonly suggested for treating glabellar lines – the frown lines on the forehead and between the eyebrows. Botox is more widely used for other wrinkles, such as crow’s feet or laugh lines. 

Fact #9: Anyone Can Use Botox and Dysport

Botox and Dysport work with any skin type. They work well on any gender and any age. This is why doctors don’t have a suggested age when one should take Botox or Dysport injections.

However, there are medical conditions that might prevent you from getting the injections.  Experts don’t know the neurotoxic effects on people with these medical conditions, so they don’t suggest the injections. These conditions include pregnancy or a skin condition. 

Fact #10: Botox and Dysport Injections are Not a One-Time Treatment

The effects of Botox and Dysport injections are not permanent. And to get the desired results, you may have to take multiple sessions. To know more about which brand works for you and how to achieve the look you want, talk to us at Tensegrity Health & Aesthetics

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Dr. Heather Evans
Author / Tensegrity's Owner and Founder

Dr. Heather Evans is the Owner and Founder of Tensegrity Health and Aesthetics. A native of Maine, she has lived and practiced medicine in the Bangor area since 2006, after graduating from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine following her Summa Cum Laude undergraduate degree in Nutritional Sciences.

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