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Your Guide to Botox vs. Dysport with S. Mark McKenna, MD

Ringing in 2020 with a serious need to refocus on self care? If wrinkles are on the top of that to-do list, you might be considering going the filler route. But do you know the difference between the options out there? Making the right choice can be the difference in loving your results and really hating them, especially when it comes to making a decision about the Botox vs. Dysport conversation. 

S. Mark McKenna, MD, has seen the popularity of injectables growing and has been on the forefront of anticipating the need for customized experiences based on each person’s goals and features, especially when it comes to Botox vs. Dysport. 

Curating medical experiences in Atlanta since 2007, McKenna has seen how important it is to be informed before heading in for a procedure. It not only ensures you understand what goals you’re working toward, but it also helps you pick a medical aesthetic experience that fits perfectly. While everyone gets injectables these days, he says, it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution. Here’s what you need to know before you book.  

Q&A on Botox vs. Dysport with S. Mark McKenna, MD 

Q: What do I need to know about Botox vs. Dysport?

A: While Botox and Dysport are both injectables (specifically, botulinum toxin injections) used to treat and prevent wrinkles, they aren’t comprised of the same potency of trace proteins, which can make one more effective than the other at specific injection sites. 

What does that mean? Depending on what you want, you should use a different injectable. Botox is better if you want to tackle fine lines, wrinkles, and crow’s feet. If you want to soften your expression lines on your forehead and the area between your eyes because you have moderate to severe lines, Dysport is the way to go. 

Q: Are there any safety concerns I should be worried about? 

A: Not at all, both are considered safe. There are some side effects associated with both, including slight pain, headaches, and numbness, but those are common. Ask your aesthetician if you’re concerned about your reaction. At OVME, my medical aesthetic treatment centers in Nashville, Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, and East Cobb, we begin any consideration for Botox or Dysport with a customized appointment between you and one of our OVME certified providers. Each session is complimentary and customized to ensure you receive a treatment that’s the right fit for you.   

Q: How long will the procedure take? 

A: Both Botox and Dysport are very convenient procedures. All work can be done in a doctor’s office, and no hospitalization is required. If you have a specific event coming up that you want to look best for, you can even schedule both procedures up until the day before. Typically there is no downtime and only a few small marks at the injection site (which resolve within hours). 

Q: What results should I expect? 

A: Smoother skin! Both Botox and Dysport relax and still the muscles so you can see a reduced appearance of wrinkles for three to four months. One thing to note: Neither treatment is a permanent solution against wrinkles and fine lines, and regular updates may be needed to continue results. At OVME, we’re focused on making sure you love your results, so if you ever need an adjustment, we’re available.   

Q: Who is a good candidate?

A: Anyone — we offer treatments to both men and women, and we ensure you’re a good fit before we ever administer either treatment. If you’re interested in Botox or Dysport, we will set you up with an OVME certified provider to ensure you have no allergies or any other reactions to note.  

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