Although Botox and Dysport are each made by different companies, their functions are almost identical. Both work by temporarily weakening muscles so that they can’t contract and form wrinkles. Dysport is made by Galderma, a company which also produces Restylane filler and, like Botox, is a wrinkle relaxer.
Dysport treatments have also been shown to slim the appearance of a “square face” when injections are concentrated in the masseter muscle —the muscle around the jawline. When administered properly, Dysport can relax this muscle, which gives the face a narrower appearance.
This is a great option for people who clench and grind their teeth at night, as Dysport can ease the tension that carries over into your day.
How is Dysport different?
Overall, both Dysport and Botox are very similar and the comparison of the two is the equivalent of comparing Coke to Pepsi — it’s a matter of personal preference! Both products have the same active ingredient and behave similarly when injected, so you are unlikely to notice any difference during treatment.
Dysport sometimes begins to act faster than Botox due to its smaller molecular size, but this will vary from person to person. The duration of treatment results also vary depending on metabolic speed. You should consider trying both options to see which works best for you.
How many units do I need?
Dysport and Botox units are not measured in the same way, so you shouldn’t expect to receive the same number of Dysport units as Botox units. All medications have measurements that describe the amount of the active ingredient in each treatment, and most medications are measured by weight (milligrams, grams, etc.). The ratio of Dysport to Botox units is generally 3:1, so if you needed 20 units of Botox in your forehead, you would need about 60 units of Dysport! Dysport is measured by Speywood units.
The benefits of Dysport
Dysport can do more for you than just treat your wrinkles! Anyone who shows signs of aging, grinds their teeth, or experiences excessive sweating is a good candidate for Dysport. Just like the biceps, the more you work out the cheek muscles (almost always involuntarily), the more “hypertrophied” it gets. Dysport counteracts this by weakening or partially paralyzing the cheek or masseter muscle so it does not contract. Over several days, the muscles stay relaxed and muscles elongate and appear to “slim” down. A slimmer jawline can improve self confidence and reduce the appearance of aging. Note that Dysport will only act on muscle so if your face shape is due to fat or bone, it won’t be corrected by Dysport.
The cost of Dysport will depend on the amount used on each individual client. Some clinics charge a fixed fee per area (e.g. glabella, forehead, crow’s feet). At Juvly we only charge you for the units used. For the face, 50 units of Botox, or its equivalent of 150 Speywood units of Dysport, is considered the average for relaxing the muscles on the upper third of the face. A free, no-obligation consultation with one of our Master Providers is available to all of our potential patients.
During this visit, our Master Provider will evaluate your concerns and advise you on the best course of action. From diminishing the look of wrinkles and fine lines, to reducing excessive sweating, Botox and Dysport are our secret weapons and can benefit you in many different ways. Book your completely free consultation today to determine if jaw slimming is the right choice to achieve your aesthetic goals! We can’t wait to talk to you.