Author Bio: Dr. Sanusi Umar MD is the author of this article.
Botox and Dysport are the two commonly available muscle relaxant injectables in the United States. They are popular choices for minimizing the appearance of wrinkles formed by facial expressions. Examples include crows feet, frown lines between the brows, and forehead lines. They can also be used to lift the drooping ends of the eyebrows. Patients are usually able to see a noticeable improvement in just a matter of days. Before choosing to undergo this form of treatment, a natural question that arises is how long do Botox and Dysport last?
Why the Duration of Botox and Dysport Matters For Los Angeles Patients
As Dr. Umar explains in the video above, patients are curious to know how long the effects of neuromuscular injections last. The answers to these questions matter for practical considerations such as:
How often you would have to undergo treatments would naturally affect the amount you spend on Botox or Dysport injections per year. Also, it affects how often you need to visit your doctor to maintain your results.
How Long Do Botox and Dysport Last on Average
Botox and Dysport are both made from botulinum toxin. However, each of these drugs has a slightly different molecular structure. Therefore, on average, they both last about the same amount of time. As Dr. Umar points out in the video, the average duration of both Botox and Dysport for the treatment of wrinkles is about 3-4 months.
When Botox or Dysport Results Are Shorter or Longer Than Expected, According to Dr. U
Most patients will experience the extent of their results for 3-4 months. However, others will notice different timeframes. Due to individual variations, some may find that their injections last much shorter or longer than average. Why does this happen?
Although Botox and Dysport are both made of botulinum toxin, Botox tends to have a larger number of surrounding buffer proteins surrounding the main molecule. Individual patients will vary in terms of how their immune systems react to the core molecule and the buffer protein. In some people, the surrounding proteins protect the central botolinum toxin core. For others, the immune system will form antibodies against them. Likewise, the opposite may occur where the immune system attacks the central core due to the drug having fewer buffer proteins.
When Botox or Dysport results don’t last, Dr. Umar encourages patients to observe how their body reacts to the other botulinum toxin drug
Why Botox or Dysport Might Last Longer Than Average ?
The presence of these molecular proteins may also lead to a much longer duration in some people. They may cause the drug to break down at a much slower rate by the body’s metabolic system
What To Do When Your Botox or Dysport Results Don’t Last ?
If your expected outcome doesn’t seem to last as long as you had hoped, don’t worry. Other patients have also experienced the same. In these situations, another botulinum toxin may be recommended. If you were given Botox, Dysport or Xeomin (an even newer botulinum toxin injection) may be recommended instead. Or if you were experiencing shorter duration with Dysport, you may experience better results with Botox or Xeomin. Your body’s immune and metabolic systems may react more favorably to other alternatives to help your results last longer.
If you are interested in speaking to Dr. Umar about undergoing treatment with Botox, Dysport or Xeomin, sign up for a complimentary consultation.