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The Difference Between Botox and Dysport

06/24/21 | 4 MIN READ

Botox and Dysport are both brand names of the protein that is injected underneath the skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The word Botox has become something like Kleenex when it comes to tissue. It's a brand name that serves as a generic term for all brands in the category. Botox and Dysport are both botulinum toxin A products, but there are subtle differences that you'll want to know about when choosing the best fit for you.

Dysport May Work Faster Than Botox

In clinical trials, Botox has been shown to be effective after treatment in 4 to 5 days. The FDA has indicated that Dysport has an onset within 2 to 3 days. If you’re pressed for time and need results quickly, Dysport may be the solution. Multiple double-blind studies pitted Dysport against a placebo and found that the 2 to 3 day window for results to become apparent was the average. In a separate study, patients reported that Dysport showed faster and longer lasting results. 

How Results May Differ

Botox and Dysport results require none of the downtime, intensity, or recovery of surgical rejuvenation. With an experienced injector, your youthful appearance improves safely and your facial expressions remain natural. If you are worried about natural-looking improvement, choose a doctor like Dr. Raval who has performed and taught advanced Botox techniques for nearly 15 years.

Phases of Rejuvenation with Botox and Dysport

Rather than sudden changes, patients notice aesthetic improvement in phases because of how Botox and Dysport work below the skin.

  • Relaxation Phase: post injection, you will feel the muscles relax and block persistent impulses that advance aging signs. 
  • Reduction Phase: after 24-48 hours, you may notice improved wrinkles. After 14 days, maximum effect of steady rejuvenation is usually visible.
  • Renewal Phase: after 3 months, your first treatment will have protected you from unwanted wrinkling, and regular treatments after that will help protect and enhance your Botox and Dysport results.

How Much Do Botox & Dysport Cost?

The cosmetic industry has no fixed price for these procedures, so total treatment cost depends on price per unit, number of units needed, and whether or not you’re a VIP Memberships member.

You can calculate your final Botox or Dysport treatment costs based on the estimated number of units you need for your treatment.

A lower unit price can dramatically reduce patient costs.  If you’re a VIP Memberships member, you can save even more.

Preserve Your Botox Results and Save Money as a VIP Member at RavalMD

The most important phase of non-surgical rejuvenation is to schedule recurring appointments. Through regular maintenance treatments, Botox or Dysport injections will result in improved, youthful elasticity and pliability. Your skin will look and feel younger. Every patient of Raval Facial Aesthetics receives the most competitive, lowest price, but VIP patients receive even lower membership pricing and more benefits, like monthly specials on all kinds of services, from facial fillers to laser hair removal. 

Dr. Raval gives patients more control over their treatment costs through our special VIP Membership opportunities. 

Learn more about VIP Memberships membership benefits.

You can compare the average industry price to what Raval Facial Aesthetics gives patients and VIP Memberships members. 

Dr. Raval’s Technique

Each patient and procedure is distinct, but Dr. Raval, creator of the VIP Memberships membership, has noticed a trend across the hundreds of patients that trust his Botox and Dysport treatments: it’s gentle. His technology, formula, and experience help reduce any slight pain a patient would normally feel. Using a hyper-thin, precision needle to shrink the “sting” of injection, Dr. Raval delivers a concentrated formula to give patients the same units and results. With nearly 2 decades of procedural experience giving patients the best Botox and Dysport results, Dr. Raval has developed a patient-centered treatment to reduce patient discomfort, cut unnecessary volume, and minimize possible complications.

Botox & Dysport Side Effects

With a board-certified injector, Botox and Dysport treatments are some of the safest youth-enhancement options you will find. Negative side effects are very uncommon, but for a small group of patients, temporary bleeding and mild bruising can occur. Here at RFA we use extremely fine needles to inject Botox, Dysport, and dermal fillers, so our patients rarely experience bruising or bleeding. If that’s going to happen, it will happen immediately and we use an ice pack to reduce swelling and simple pressure to stop injection site bleeding. We add a touch of lidocaine to the filler, which thins it slightly. This reduces post-injection numbness as well as the chance of bruising, and it provides smoother long-term results.

Less common, but possible side effects are an asymmetric appearance from one brow to the other or drooping of the upper eyelid. Even the most common Botox side effects can be avoided by choosing a highly trained Injector. Using a thinner needle for injection as well as formulating a compact injection solution are both ways to avoid common side effects.

Schedule a Consult Today

As owner and Medical Director of both Raval Facial Aesthetics and Rocky Mountain Laser Aesthetics, Jeffrey R. Raval MD is in a unique position to give patients access to a suite of services, including Dysport and Botox at a single location. To learn more about the advantages of Dysport and Botox call Dr. Raval’s office at 303-381-3223 (FACE). You can also inquire about VIP Memberships, an innovative and affordable way to receive Dysport and Botox treatments as well as discounts on other products and services. 

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