Dysport® vs. Botox® **

Botox® and Dysport are very similar - neurotoxins formed from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. From a scientific perspective, both are neurotoxins. Botox®’s scientific name is onabotulinumtoxin A and Dysport’s is abobtulinumtoxin A. 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.

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 past clients 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.

How do neuromodulators (Dysport® & Botox®) work? 

Botulinum toxin is one of the most powerful neurotoxins known to man and has proven to be an incredibly successful and valuable therapeutic protein. It can be injected into humans in small doses, and works by preventing muscles from receiving signals from nerve cells - either paralyzing or weakening them. Botox® and Dysport both help to prevent the release of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that attaches to muscle cells and causes them to contract. Because they prevent this from happening, the muscles become less stiff and essentially "soften" in the treated area(s). When the pull of the muscle relaxes, the overlying skin generally flattens out - thus reducing wrinkles and/or creases. 

What can Dysport® be used for? 

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.  

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® and Dysport are used to block the nerve impulses that tell those muscles to move, revealing a fresh, healthy look. Dysport 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.

There are recent amazing studies showing that Neuromodulators can actually make you happy!

How is the procedure performed? 

Dysport is injected directly into the neuromuscular tissue in the desired area, using a very small needle. Dr. Janowski has perfected a technique he calls the "snap technique" in order to make the procedure virtually painless. It typically takes between 24-72 hours to take effect. The entire procedure usually only takes a few minutes, and you can go back to all regular daily activities immediately afterwards. 

We recommend that pregnant or lactating women, or people who have had a previous allergic reaction, not use Botox® or Dysport for their medical aesthetic needs. 


Are neuromodulators what you really want or need? 

Botox® and Dysport have long been described as the "gateway" into medical aesthetics. Many of our new patients request consultations for Dysport injections, but actually need something else based on area of the face/body and expectations. While there are a myriad of uses for both, sometimes a different treatment plan makes more sense. This is a large part of why we offer a free consultation with the Dr. - we don't want to treat you with Dysport if there is a better alternative to give you the absolute best results! 

Botox®/Dysport® vs. Fillers - what's the difference? 

We get questions everyday about the differences between Botox®, Dysport, and Dermal Fillers. These are excellent questions, as Botox®, Dysport, and Dermal Fillers work in different ways, and are used together for the best effect.

Botox® and Dysport are neurotoxins that relaxes the muscles that cause the expressions leading to wrinkles. They are mostly used in the upper face to relax expression lines and prevent new ones from forming. Dysport typically lasts for about 3 months, and have the best effects when repeated regularly.

Dermal Fillers do exactly what their name implies – they fill in places on the face that have lost volume. All faces lose volume as we age, and you may notice hollower cheeks, sunken eyes, and thin lips. These are all natural occurrences because as we age, the collagen in our skin that makes our faces appear youthful and full deteriorates. Fillers replace what Mother Nature is losing. Dermal fillers (like Restylane and Radiesse) use naturally occurring substances in the body to add volume to places that have lost it. Fillers can fill in wrinkles, add volume to cheeks, and plump up lips.

Fillers typically last between 6 months to a year - although there are new fillers that can last even longer now, like Bellafill, Sculptra, and our newest technique, fat transfer

People often ask if receiving filler, botox, or dysport injections hurt. While you are receiving an injection in your face, the good news is that each contain lidocaine – a pain killer, which means that you are being numbed as you are receiving the fillers. Most people experience no pain and will actually feel somewhat numb in the injection area after the procedure.

Injecting properly is an art, and you definitely want to choose an experienced provider. Each person’s face is unique and knowing where to add in filler, botox, or dysport, and how much requires years of careful practice and experience. It should look natural, and an experienced provider will know how to make you look like a natural, improved version of yourself.


Are neuromodulators safe?

Many of our new patients ask us if Dysport is safe - as it is, in fact, neurotoxins. In order to answer that question, we want to share a little bit about the history of Botox®. Botox® (onabotulinumtoxin A) was first used for medical purposes in 1989. Developed by Allergan, which was (and still is) a pharmaceutical company that develops treatments for eye issues, Botox® was originally approved for the treatment of muscle spasms. That is because what Botox® does is it relaxes the muscles into which it is injected. You may have seen advertisements touting the use of Botox® for Migraines, eye concerns, or even bladder-control issues, and it works in all these cases by relaxing muscles. 

The botulinum toxin is actually FDA approved to treat a myriad of "conditions", including: chronic migraines, excessive underarm sweating, overactive bladder, crossed eyes, and severe neck spasms. It's also approved for cosmetic uses in both the upper and lower face. 

Botox® and Dysport are very well-tested, well-researched and widely used drugs. Allergan reports patient satisfaction with Botox® at 98%, which is an incredibly high number. In 2013 alone, over 5 million American received Botox® treatments, and the number of users only continues to grow. Since 2002, when Botox® was approved for cosmetic purposes, no long term adverse side effects have been reported. The most common side effect usually seen is some pinpoint bruising at the injection site. About once a year, we also hear about someone having a mild headache post treatment from Dysport. 

The best way to ensure you have a great Dysport treatment is to have your injections done by a skilled, highly experiences physician. An experienced physician will best understand your facial anatomy and the muscles in your face, and will be able to give you the most exact does and precise placement. A physician will also be able to treat you in the safest and most sterile environment and will be able to handle any complication that arises.


Dysport® FAQ's

  • What is the cause of wrinkles and facial expression lines?

Lines and wrinkles develop, at least in part, from the action of facial muscles under the skin. After years, furrows may remain along these facial expression lines even without any active facial muscle expression. The development of these lines is promoted by years of sun exposure. Dysport is capable of preventing the unwanted facial expression lines and improves or blends the wrinkles that were visible while the muscles were at rest.

  • Do Dysport injections hurt?

When Botox or Dysport are injected, there can be minor sting for a few seconds. Once the injections are complete, there is usually no discomfort. Most patients report mild discomfort that subsides within a minute.  Read more about how we can ease your fear of needles

  • How much does Dysport cost?

As with most medical aesthetic treatments, it depends - on the area treated, how many units, desired results, etc. We do offer specials for new patients, so call or email us and we can set you up with a free consultation to see what is best for you! 

  • How long do the results of last?

Dysport can last for 3 to 6 months. When the effects wears off or diminish, and the muscles that contribute to these facial expression lines again become active, treatment can again be administered.

  • How does the skin appear after injections?

Immediately after treatment there may be some redness and swelling at the treated sites. Occasionally, there can be mild bruising. If present, these changes resolve within a few hours to days. The skin feels normal and there is no unusual sensation.

  • When can I expect to see results?

Within 48 hours after treatment, reduction in the muscle activity can be noticed. About one week after treatment the maximal benefit is attained and continues for a few months.

  • Are there any limitations after treatment?

Yes. Refrain from touching the area of treatment for at least 1 hour. By pushing on the area that was treated you may cause a negative effect. Immediately after treatment you may resume all normal activities.

  • Are there any risks or side effects?

Rarely. If Dysport should affect an adjacent muscle, it too may have reduced activity. This has been reported in about one percent of those treated and if this does develop, the most common change is eyelid drooping. However, any such unwanted muscle relaxation would also be temporary. There are no reports of any injury to the eye when Dysport is administered to the muscles of the forehead.

  • Can Botox or Dysport cause botulism?

No. Extraordinarily small amounts of Botox® or Dysport are administered. These quantities are insufficient to cause botulism or any related symptoms.

Why choose Sonata Aesthetics for your Dysport®?

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*Results may vary from patient to patient