We’ve all experienced the chaos of organizing the family photo at the annual holiday party. Making sure everyone can be seen, no one is sneezing, that the pets are holding still. Despite the chaos, those family photos become cherished memories we can enjoy for years to come.
If you’ve been wondering about getting holiday ready skin, maybe you’ve been considering getting a Botox injection to help alleviate some of those wrinkles before those precious photos get taken.
At Entre Nous Aesthetics, we’re always working to keep on top of the trends so that we can provide the highest quality cosmetic care for our patients. For years Botox definitely dominated the market on botulinum neurotoxin injections (try saying that 5 times fast). These days there are multiple cosmetic injectable options available, including the increasingly popular Dysport treatment.
So Botox vs Dysport? Which one is going to give you the little lift you’re looking for to face the holiday photo sesh this year? The best way to find out is to book your consultation with a Entre Nous aesthetic specialist, because it depends on the results you’d specifically want to see.
Botox vs Dysport: what’s the difference?
Long story short: there isn’t much of a difference between Botox and Dysport or other neurotoxins. Both Botox and Dysport use the same active ingredient and perform the same basic function, because they’re both neurotoxins. They only vary in their dosage, uses, how quickly results appear and how much they spread once we have injected them into a particular area.
How do neurotoxins work?
Neurotoxins are an injectable treatment commonly used in those “problem” areas that develop wrinkles on the face. Wrinkles are caused by muscle contractions. Neurotoxin injections relax the muscles, resulting in smoother skin. They’re basically the ultimate cure to resting b*tch face, if you know what we mean.
Once your injector places the Botox or Dysport in your skin, your body also begins to metabolize it. How long neurotoxins last depends on your body’s unique chemistry. Most people can enjoy the results of their treatment for several months.
Can I get Botox or Dysport in Menlo Park?
You can get both! At Entre Nous, we actually offer 3 different types of neurotoxin injections: Botox, Dysport, and Jeuveau. Before your treatment, you’ll sit down for an in-depth consultation with one of our trained aestheticians to discuss which one makes the most sense for you.
It might surprise you to learn that Botox was not originally developed for aesthetic purposes. It was discovered when doctors were researching how to treat muscle spasms. During their research, they noticed that it also improved wrinkles.
And so, Botox was the first neurotoxin to hit the market and has become the household name for this treatment, with good reason. Not only does it work to lessen wrinkles and smooth your skin, it has several off-label applications, too. Botox injections can help with excessive sweating, migraines, and jaw clenching.
Like Botox, Dysport has a medical use history prior to its popularity as an aesthetics treatment. Because it spreads more quickly once injected into the skin, Dysport is best used for treating wrinkles in larger areas like the forehead. Some patients have reported being able to see results from Dysport sooner than Botox.
Marketed as “Newtox,” Jeuveau was the first neurotoxin developed specifically with aesthetic purposes in mind and is one of the most recent injectables to hit the market. It can also treat those classic areas of concern like frown lines between the eyebrows.
How do you choose between Botox vs Dysport?
The first step to pursuing any aesthetic treatment is to schedule a consultation. A trained provider is your best resource when it comes to developing a plan that addresses your aesthetic concerns and helps you achieve your desired results.
During your consultation, your aesthetician can examine your unique facial features and determine the amount, type, and placement of the neurotoxin. For some patients, it may not even be a question of Botox vs Dysport but could even be Botox and Dysport, depending on your individual needs.
Our aestheticians at Entre Nous also have experience combining neurotoxin injections and dermal filler injections to give you a further rejuvenated look.
Is the treatment process different for Botox vs Dysport?
Regardless of which neurotoxin you choose during your consultation, the treatment process will be the same at Entre Nous Aesthetics.
Your expert injector will study your facial expressions and wrinkles to determine which of our neurotoxin injectables is right for you. They’ll also determine what dosage should to use and where to place the injection to provide the results you desire.
During your treatment, you can sit back and relax as your aesthetician injects the neurotoxin into the previously marked areas. Typically, patients don’t find the treatment painful at all, and the entire session only lasts about 15 to 20 minutes!
There’s no recovery time required, so you’re free to go about your day after your appointment. Your results will appear within 1 week and will last for 3 to 6 months after.
For all neurotoxins, we recommend coming in every 3 to 5 months for maintenance treatments.
Other treatments to help you get that holiday glow
Botox vs Dysport is just one question you might ask yourself as you’re getting ready for those holiday events. The great thing about neurotoxin injections is that we can combine them with other treatments. You don’t have to wait for the new year to start feeling like a new you.
At Entre Nous, we love a hydrafacial as part of the perfect beauty routine prior to any occasion. Hydrafacials are relaxing, have no downtime, and leave your skin literally glowing afterwards. They’re the perfect pre-holiday photo treatment and have tons of benefits for your skin.
Adding a quick lymphatic drainage facial massage to your Hydrafacial or prior to your cosmetic injections is a great way to detoxify your skin and reduce puffiness. It can also boost immunity and reduce stress, which are both helpful during the holiday season.
If you’re stressing about how to look your best for that upcoming holiday party, don’t forget to check out our timeline for getting party-ready skin.
How to make holiday glow last all season, and beyond:
The results from your neurotoxin injections will usually appear in about 1 week, and they will last for 3 to 6 months! Maintaining the results of your Botox or Dysport injections is all about making sure you’re taking good care of your skin on the daily, especially when it comes to winter skin care.
Don’t forget your SPF
Did you know that 90% of skin changes are caused by the sun’s UV rays? And the sun is actually closer to earth during the fall and winter months, when most people are not wearing sunscreen. Make sure you’re still using your daily SPF even during the winter—your skin will thank you!
No one likes the feeling of dry skin in the winter. There are 2 ways to combat that: drinking enough water and stocking up on a quality moisturizer. Keeping your skin hydrated also helps fight wrinkles and other signs of aging!
Book your consultation today and get ready to make some holiday memories!
At Entre Nous we’re here for your aesthetic needs all year round, but we know that the holiday season can be a particularly hectic time of year, and maybe even a little stressful. That stress doesn’t have to show up in your family photos with a little help from our neurotoxin friends.
If you’re still deciding between Botox vs Dysport, it’s time to schedule a consultation with one of our expert aestheticians so we can answer any questions you still have!
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