Botox/Dysport: Cosmetic And Medical Uses, Procedures, And Side Effects

Botox And Dysport

Signs of aging, such as wrinkles, are natural processes that we all will stumble upon one day, but that doesn’t mean we want them. Fortunately, there is still something you can do about it—without resorting to surgical procedures. You have the option to reduce wrinkles non-invasively, which is through Botox and Dysport

Skincare products and practicing a healthy lifestyle can delay wrinkle appearance. However, once wrinkles exist, not even skincare products can help remove them. It would help if you tried out aesthetic treatments to have the hope of reducing wrinkles. 

Aesthetic treatments for reducing wrinkles don’t have to be an expensive undertaking. Through Botox and Dysport, you can reduce the effects of wrinkles effectively and instantaneously without breaking your wallet. But what are these treatments exactly? If you want to know more about them, feel free to continue reading the blog. 

What Are Botox And Dysport?

Botox and Dysport are the best tried and tested procedures to reduce your wrinkles problems effectively. These procedures have been around for decades, and many people can attest to their effectiveness. While their applications are very similar, your provider will not use them interchangeably. 

On the outside, there are no visible differences between Botox and Dysport. If someone took either Botox or Dysport, you could not identify which one was used. You can only differentiate them on their formula’s label and duration. 

These two products are what we call neuromodulators. 

What Are Neuromodulators? 

Neuromodulators are molecules that can alter how hormones or neurons communicate from the brain to the muscles and other nerves. These molecules have practical applications, not just in cosmetics, including helping relieve chronic headaches, anxiety, and depression. 

Our human brain is a complex machinery, and it is composed of hundreds of thousands of neurons working together to build different networks that are responsible for memory, emotions, decision-making, muscle movements, etc. Neuromodulators can affect how these networks interact by either stimulating more activity or hindering them. 

Both Botox and Dysport are neuromodulators, but they only affect their applied areas—they won’t spread out to other sites. Once these neuromodulators are used, they do not affect the entire nervous system and the brain, only the nerves in the applied area. What it does affect is direct brain-to-muscle communication in the applied areas. 

So how do Botox and Dysport modulate these connections? They use an ingredient called Botulinum Toxin.

Botulinum Toxin

Botulinum toxin is a protein molecule naturally produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. When you accidentally ingest this toxin, it can cause botulism, which can cause death if not addressed quickly. Fortunately, these cases are sporadic, but they typically happen through food poisoning. 

Botulinum toxin is one of the most potent toxins known to man. It can cause paralysis by blocking the nerve signals from the brain to the muscles. It spreads into your nervous system, causing muscle weakness, difficulty swallowing, speaking, eye problems, breathing problems, and death when it enters your system. 

Understandably, that toxin is by all accounts a dangerous protein. So why at all use it in cosmetic treatments like Botox and Dysport? We offer this treatment precisely because of its paralytic properties and potency. 

Medical Uses

Surprisingly, many researchers have found a way to use the paralytic effects of the botulinum toxin. They have used botulinum toxin to help reduce excessive sweating, chronic migraines, and involuntary body movements through enough research.

Botulinum medical applications have been in use for several decades. It has been estimated that around 100 million people have received botulinum toxin in one way or another—both through aesthetic or medical applications. 

Recent studies have shown that botulinum toxin can reduce shyness and anxiety. They’ve concluded that botulinum toxin injections can reduce shyness and social anxiety symptoms in participants by 50%, but more analysis is needed. 

How Do They Work As An Cosmetic Treatment?

There are many causes of wrinkles, and one of them is constant facial expressions. 

There’s nothing inherently wrong with making facial expressions happy or sad; we move our facial muscles constantly. Even in our sleep, we still move those muscles, and there’s no avoiding it. Eventually, those muscles will wear themselves out, and they even entangle. After enough lifetime of making facial expressions, we develop wrinkles. 

How To Limit Facial Muscles

Allowing rest on our facial muscles and unraveling themselves requires suppressing their movements. However, there is no realistic way for you to stop moving those muscles. You can avoid making facial expressions all you want, but they will eventually move. It’s not possible to completely stop them at all. 

To stop these muscles from acting once and for all, you need neuromodulators, like botulinum toxins, to hinder the communication between the brain and the muscles. 

How Botulinum Works In Cosmetics

Once your provider applies the botulinum toxin into the targeted facial muscles, the muscle movements start to slow down and then stop altogether. When it’s already in full effect, and you try to move those muscles consciously or unconsciously, they will never budge.

Thanks to botulinum toxin, your muscles won’t receive signals from the brain, allowing them to relax and untangle themselves. Slowly but surely, you will notice your wrinkles decreasing. 


Botox and Dysport are both fairly straightforward procedures. All it takes is injecting Botox or Dysport into areas where wrinkles are prominent. You might think it would cause facial paralysis, commonly known as a frozen face. 

Fortunately, that won’t happen since your provider will delicately balance effectiveness and aesthetics. They will ensure that Botox is reduced and avoid giving you a frozen look. So how elegant you will depend on how good your provider is. 

Side Effects

Botox and Dysport only affect the areas where they were injected. It won’t spread to other sites. For example, if either Botox or Dysport were applied on the forehead, they would only work there. There are still risks of swelling and redness, but they are very rare. 


Botox and Dysport are your go-to option if you want to deal with wrinkles without breaking your wallet. So if you are interested, contact and reach out to our clinic, Frost Aesthetics. We offer services that help our patients address various skin concerns. 

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