Botox® and Dysport® (known collectively as neurotoxins or neuromodulators) are FDA-approved prescription medications that can help you restore youthful, supple skin and soften fine lines.
These medications are injected into the muscles responsible for creating wrinkles. They relax the muscles, helping you achieve a temporary improvement in appearance of those lines.
Botox® vs. Fillers
Patients commonly have questions about the difference between Botox®/Dysport® and dermal fillers like Restylane® and Juvederm®.
The primary difference between the two is that Botox® (or Dysport® - they are very similar) reduces the activity of muscles in the face that cause wrinkles. Dermal fillers, however, provide volume that fills the trouble areas. They also stimulate collagen growth in the face as well as plump and lift the skin to replace collagen loss.
The important things to consider when choosing between Botox®/Dysport® and facial fillers is what kind of wrinkles you want to get rid of and how.
Botox® is the better choice for dynamic wrinkles (especially around your eyes) as it will reduce their motion and visibility. These wrinkles occur when the face is in motion or making an expression. They are usually positioned in the forehead and around the eyes (“crow’s feet”). Fillers are ideal for static wrinkles, the ones that are still visible even when your face is relaxed. These areas are depleted and sunken in and will benefit from the fullness that facial fillers give them.
How long do they last?
Botox® and Dysport® typically last between 3-4 months, sometimes longer. After their initial injection, patients will typically schedule appointments every 3-4 months to maintain their look.
Who does them?
All injections are done by Dr. W. Tomasz Majewski, a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 18 years of experience with injectables.
The cost of injectables like Botox® and Dysport® depends on how much you will need to achieve your desired look. The best way to determine how much you would need is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Majewski. Dr. Majewski will also recommend which of the two products he recommends for your unique needs.
Botox® | 25 units | $375
Dysport® | 0.6cc | $350