Using Botox or Dysport to improve facial expression
Serving Denver, Broomfield, Westminster, Boulder, Arvada, and surrounding areas
Facial expression lines develop from the action of the underlying muscles on the skin. Although these lines help us to convey to others a range of emotional states, some facial expression lines always seem to express fatigue or anger, even if those appearances do not represent how we are feeling. In fact, there are recent studies showing that Botox can actually make you happy! This is especially true of the lines of the forehead and between the eyebrows. Other lines, such as crow’s feet, may make us appear older than our chronological age. Botox® is used to block the nerve impulses that tell those muscles to move, revealing a fresh, healthy look. Botox® is used to treat wrinkles that are found when you make facial expressions, giving you a younger, natural-looking face!
At Sonata, we are committed to offering you the most accurate, most complete and most medically-sound treatment plan. We use state-of-the-art technology, like the VISIA Skin Analysis system, to give you your most relevant skin care plan. It is all a part of our commitment to exceptional service, results, and treatment. At Sonata, you get next level care and next level treatments.
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Looking For An Alternative to Botox? Welcome to Dysport!
In 2009, the first major Botox competitor was FDA-approved. Although Dysport was only FDA-approved a few years ago, it has been widely used in Europe for many years before it was introduced in the US.
Dysport certainly doesn’t have the same name recognition as Botox in Denver, Colorado. Dysport is made by the same company that makes one of our favorite fillers, Restylane. There are really very few differences between Botox and Dysport. The main difference is that Dysport tends to kick-in a bit faster than Botox (within a day or two rather than in three of four days for Botox). Also, while a “unit” of Dysport is less expensive, usually more units are required to get the same effect, so the cost difference is often not a major factor.
What is Dysport?
From a scientific perspective, both are neurotoxins. Botox’s scientific name is onabotulinumtoxinA and Dysport’s is abobtulinumtoxinA. The difference in the names is because Dysport is a fermented version of bacterium Clostridium botulinum type A, whereas Botox is not made from a fermented variety. The result is that Botox weakens or paralyzes muscles near the injection site by blocking certain nerves. Dysport, however, relaxes muscles by blocking the release of the chemical called acetylcholine.
Some studies have shown that Dysport may be more effective than Botox in treating some areas, especially crow’s feet. This is because Dysport tends to have a bit of a larger dispersion area than Botox (it is comprised of smaller molecules). This claim is controversial however. Also, some studies suggest Dysport lasts longer than Botox, while other studies suggest Botox lasts longer than Dysport. So for longevity, the verdict is still out too.
We are starting to provide Dysport in our Broomfield, Colorado office so our clients have choices. Whether Dysport of Botox is best for you is a matter of personal preference. Perhaps there are conflicting research results because for reasons still not completely scientifically understood, Dysport may be a better wrinkle reducer for some clients, while Botox will be optimal for others.
Most of our client have been very satisfied with Botox. However, if you’ve wanted to try Dysport and compare for yourself or you feel your results with Botox are not ideal, now is the time.
*Results may vary from patient to patient