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Dysport vs. Botox: What’s Better for Wrinkles?

The world is becoming more fast-paced every day. It is a small wonder that we all look tired and worn out more quickly. Thankfully there are remedies to help us treat the fine lines and wrinkles that make us look that way! With so many options available today, this comparison between the two more popular procedures — Botox and Dysport — helps clarify the differences. 

If you’ve been noticing wrinkles when you look into the mirror, you may be considering botulinum toxin injections.

While Botox® has been the go-to botulinum toxin injection for years, there are other options, like Dysport®.

Sometimes used to treat spasms from neurological disorders and other medical conditions, these types of injections are typically used as facial wrinkle treatments.

“Botox and Dysport are both used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles caused by facial expressions,” says dermatologist Shilpi Khetarpal, MD.

Botulinum toxins are safe in small amounts. But the formula for Botox and Dysport is slightly different based on what kind of protein is attached to the botulinum toxin A molecule, says Dr. Khetarpal.

“Botox and Dysport have the same primary active ingredient, but a different protein allows Dysport to diffuse further or spread more,” she says.

The effects of both Botox and Dysport last for about four months, but the effects of Dysport tend to appear faster than Botox — about two days compared to Botox’s week timeline.

So, how do you decide what’s right for you? Dr. Khetarpal explains how both options work.

What is Botox?

Botox, like Dysport, is a type of neurotoxin that blocks muscle contractions, essentially relaxing the muscles under your skin. It’s a noninvasive way to treat forehead lines, crow’s feet and glabellar lines (those vertical lines between your eyebrows).

There’s no need for hospitalization with this procedure. You can receive injections in your doctor’s office and it only takes a few minutes.

Cost is a consideration when deciding if Botox is right for you. Injections for cosmetic purposes aren’t covered by your insurance. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost is $466 per session. The effects of Botox typically last four months. If you want to maintain Botox’s effects, follow-up injections will be needed.

The recommended dosage of Botox varies by treatment area. For example, if you want to treat your crow’s feet, you may need 24 units divided between six injections. Glabellar lines may need 20 units divided into five portions.

What is Dysport?

Just like Botox, Dysport can be administered at your doctor’s office, and it only takes a few minutes to receive injections. And like Botox, if you want to maintain Dysport’s effects, follow-up injections will be needed.

Dysport is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to only treat moderate or severe glabellar lines.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost is $466 per session, the same as Botox.

The recommended dosage of Dysport is up to 50 units divided into five portions injected into the targeted area.

“The rule of thumb is one Botox unit equals three Dysport units,” says Dr. Khetarpal. “So, if you get 20 Botox units, you will likely need 60 Dysport units. They’re just measured differently.”

Treatment differences

There aren’t many differences between Botox and Dysport.

You may find that Dysport is less expensive than Botox, but that varies from doctor to doctor.

Some people may feel that Dysport lasts longer, but Dr. Khetarpal says each type of treatment lasts for about four months.

The formulas for Botox and Dysport are slightly different based on the protein used in each. Dysport’s formula is known to spread a little bit more once injected into the skin. Dysport is only approved by the FDA to treat glabellar lines, too. Botox is approved by the FDA to treat glabella lines, forehead lines and crow’s feet.

Side effect

The side effects for Dysport and Botox are the same. You may experience:

  • Slight pain.
  • Swelling.
  • Redness.
  • Bruising.
  • Drooping eyelids.

“For both Dysport and Botox, we’re using a needle. Just like any injection, there is a little bit of redness and swelling and the potential for a bruise, which would just last a few days,” says Dr. Khetarpal.

Deciding what’s right for you

If you’ve tried wrinkle creams and treatments and you’re not getting the effect you desire, Botox or Dysport may be a good option for you.

Those who have neuromuscular disorders, are allergic to ingredients in Botox or Dysport ingredients, or are pregnant or nursing should avoid using these injections.

Botox and Dysport are most effective when used on dynamic lines, those that appear when you’re frowning or raising your eyebrows, for example. Once you see those lines when your face is at rest, it becomes harder to treat.

“It’s best to start early, instead of waiting until you have those deep, etched lines,” Dr. Khetarpal says. “In an optimal world, starting in your 30s or 40s is very reasonable.”

But when it comes to deciding between Botox or Dysport, turn to your doctor. They can weigh the pros and cons with you.

“Have a conversation with your doctor about what wrinkles you’re bothered by,” advises Dr. Khetarpal. “Each person is different so there isn’t one product that works for everyone.”

Also, look for a healthcare provider who’s board-certified in a core specialty. Those in specialties like dermatology, plastic surgery, facial plastics and ocuoloplastics have had extensive training in facial anatomy and cosmetic injectables. Don’t be afraid to ask for before-and-after photos of other people to see if you’d be happy with the results, too.

Overall, Dysport and Botox can be effective treatments. And just because you try Botox or Dysport once, doesn’t mean you have to use it again. It’s all about what makes you feel good about your appearance.

“It can be a very simple, straightforward treatment with minimal risk,” says Dr. Khetarpal. “It can really improve your appearance and make you look more awake and well-rested while looking natural.”

The benefits of Botox and Dysport are so numerous that several similar systems are available also; they include Juvederm, Restylane, Sculptra, Radiesse, Voluma, etc. The board-certified experts at Shino Bay can help determine which procedure would be your best option.

Call us today to discover everything we can do to help you have radiant skin. 954.765.3005 or find us on Facebook.

Reference: [https://health.clevelandclinic.org/dysport-vs-botox/]

Dysport vs. Botox: What’s Better for Wrinkles?2022-04-29T09:09:30-04:00

Best Advice for Oily Skin | Skincare Basics

This video will teach you the basics of having oily skin: how to know if you have it, what to avoid using and things you should start doing to control that excess oil.

~Ashleigh King – Skincare Specialist~

Best Advice for Oily Skin | Skincare Basics2021-10-13T17:23:16-04:00


Jeanna KaridasHi Everyone,

I’m Jeanna Karidas and I exclusively administer all of the Coolsculpting treatments here at Shino Bay. Prior to my employment at Shino Bay, I started my Coolsculpting experience at a Plastic Surgery office in Naples, FL. about 8 years ago. I was personally trained by the Plastic Surgeon how to determine fat versus skin, along with the different types of fat such as fibrous and visceral. This knowledge at the beginning of my training has been invaluable to me.

When I first started Coolsculpting, there was only one applicator that was one shape and size so we were very limited as to what areas we could treat. Over the years, this technology has really advanced and there are now 6+ different applicators that are all different shapes and sizes. The applicators have been redesigned so that they are more comfortable for the patient and the treatment time is shorter.

The results have any greatly improved as a result due to the amount of areas we can now treat. These areas include: Chin, Upper Arms, Inner Thighs, Outer Thighs, Love Handles, Hips, Back Bra Fat, Underarm Fat, Abdomen, Knees and Back Upper Thighs.

Coolsculpting is ideal for someone who is within about 15lbs of their idea weight and have pockets of unwanted fat. CoolSculpting can even out the fat layer so that areas are flatter, smoother and more contoured. I’ve personally treated hundreds of patents over the years and have seen amazing results with this technology, and yes, I’ve had a few treatments myself and am a big fan. ?

The technology is called Cryolypolysis, which basically means fat freezing, this causes fat cells to actually die and not shrink, which means it delivers permanent results – non-surgically. Results are typically seen anywhere from 1-3 mos. (more or less) and you can expect a 20-25% fat layer reduction with each treatment. That means, you can do multiple treatments if a larger fat reduction is needed or desired.

I can’t say enough about Coolsculpting, you honestly have to just try it and see it with your own eyes. You can always start small, with one area for example, then see how you respond and go from there. I must warn you though, you will become addicted. ?

I am considered the “Coolsculpting Queen” here at Shino Bay. LOL.

~Jeanna Karidas – Medical Aesthetician~


Turn Down the Fat by Turning Up the Heat

Melinda Leyva

For most of my life I have been pretty content with my body weight and its fat placement. I have never been overweight and found it very easy to get into shape when I choose to dedicate time to a workout routine. However, as the idiom states, all good things must come to an end – oh boy, it sure did! Before I go into sharing my story with you, let me state that I am not one of those women who ever enjoyed pregnancy. Although I believe pregnancy is a blessing, it was anything but rainbows and butterflies for me. With that said, after pregnancy my body changed dramatically; My post-baby weight was substantially higher than my pre-baby weight and I couldn’t lose a simple five pounds to save my life. Ironically, although I had birthed my children (oh yea, I had twins – bonus!), I still appeared to look pregnant. To say the least, I was no longer content with my body weight and its fat placement.

It was an evening while at Walgreens that I decided to do something about my mid-section bulk. As I was checking out the very regretful lady that was scanning my items asks, “when are you due?”. I was extremely uneasy as my responded awkwardly, “I’m not pregnant”. In fact, I had my twins two years ago! The very next day I went into work determined to try a series of VanquishMe treatments.

Having the knowledge about VanquishMe but lacking the time is what kept me from trying the treatment in the first place. My mindset was clearly different now after being mistaken for a pregnant woman! I decided to start treating myself like I would a real patient. I began consuming 3.0 liters of water a day and implemented a walking plan each morning in order to give this treatment a fair shot. After one treatment a week for four weeks, I can say I am very pleased with my overall reduction results. However, due to my perfectionist nature, I will be undergoing another series of VanquishMe treatments for additional slimming.

VanquishMe is a contactless radio frequency procedure that disrupts fatty cells through selective heating of adipose tissue. This process leads to fatty cell shrinkage and elimination – everything I needed to NOT look pregnant. Although my fat placement problem was due to pregnancy, VanquishMe treatments are designed for anyone who wants to decrease the circumference of their particular problem area – regardless of one’s body mass index. It’s ideal for any age and any size. Therefore, if you too have an area that you would like to debulk, I urge you to turn down the fat by turning up the heat.

~Melinda Leyva – Medical Aesthetician~

Turn Down the Fat by Turning Up the Heat2019-09-19T09:30:29-04:00

Permanent Makeup Artist | Laser Hair Specialist

Rachel RichterHi Everyone,

My name is Rachel Richter. I am a licensed aesthetician, licensed electrologist/laser hair removal specialist, licensed advanced permanent makeup artist, and more recently the Emsculpt specialist here at Shino Bay. I have been practicing for 13 years, and have been working for Dr. Shino Bay Aguilera for 8 of those years. I still enjoy the technical aspect of each area, the artistic freedom, and the beautiful results that my patients experience. I feel proud of the services that I provide, knowing that when my patients leave me, they are in a better condition physically and even emotionally than when they arrived. It is my “psychology from the outside – in”.

This profession is perceived by some to be one of sheer vanity, which is partially true, however in my experience, patients do look more beautiful on the outside, but they also feel more confident on the inside. It affects their daily experience and often can change their lives for the better. In one example, after a series of hair removal sessions, my patient with previous pigmentation on her legs from shaving three times a day, came into my room twirling around in a dress that she hadn’t worn in ten years.

Another patient now sits in the front row of her meetings instead of the back after I removed significant hair growth from her face. She has also lost 30 pounds! I recently tattooed a woman’s scalp who has been camouflaging it for years with a dark powder to cover areas where hair no longer grows, as a result of a traumatic event in her life

My mission is for my patients to look in the mirror with a bit more self love, help minimize their daily aesthetic maintenance, and eliminate or at least significantly lessen the self-consciousness that they once felt.

~Rachel Richter – Permanent Makeup & Laser Hair Removal Specialist~

Permanent Makeup Artist | Laser Hair Specialist2019-09-19T09:35:12-04:00

Why Vitamin C and Retinol are Skincare Essentials

Vitamin C and Retinol are two essential skincare products that everyone should include in their skincare regimen. They promote cell turnover, even out the skin tone, and help build collagen under the skin. It is important to consult with your skincare professional to select the correct Vitamin C and Retinol to add into your daily routine.

~Ashleigh King – Skincare Specialist~

All products are available at Shino Bay

Why Vitamin C and Retinol are Skincare Essentials2021-10-13T17:19:01-04:00

Valentine’s Day Makeup


  • ABH Norvina Palette
  • Dose Of Colors Desi x Katy Friendcation Palette
  • Stila Glitter Liquid Eye Shadow in Next to Notte
  • Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara


  • Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Primer
  • Laura Mercier Flawless Lumiere Radiance-Perfecting Foundation in 2N2
  • Too Faced Born This way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer in Natural Beige
  • RCMA No Color Setting Powder
  • ABH Brow Definer in Dark Brown
  • Hourglass Ambient Lightning Bronzer in Radiant Bronze Light
  • Milani Rose Powder Blush in Romantic Rose
  • Hourglass Ambient Strobe Highlighting Palette
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
  • Essence Extreme Last Eye Pencil in 06 Silky Nude


  • Pat McGrath Permagel Ultra Lip Pencil in Suburbia
  • Pat McGrath luxeTrance Lipstick in Beautiful Creature

~Mia Pulgar – Staff contributor~

Valentine’s Day Makeup2019-09-19T09:48:43-04:00

Everyday Makeup Routine

Products used:

  • Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Primer
  • Dermablend Flawless Creator Foundation 25N
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer 2C
  • Hourglass Loose Mineral Veil Translucent
  • Hourglass Ambient Light Blush Euphoric Fusion
  • Hourglass Ambient Light Bronzer Luminous Bronze Light
  • Jane Iredale Pommist Setting Spray
  • Fresh Minerals Pomade Brown Black
  • Jane Iredale Mystikol Liner Onyx
  • Dior Iconic Overcurl Black
  • Laura Mercier Lip Liner Ruby
  • Jane Iredale Play On Lip Crayon Naughty

~Ashleigh King – Skincare Specialist~

Everyday Makeup Routine2021-10-13T17:22:17-04:00

Post Procedure Skincare

Products used:

  • Alastin Nectar
  • Alastin Restorative Skin Complex
  • Alastin TransForm Body Treatment
  • Biopelle Tensage Intensive Serum 40
  • SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier
  • SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense
  • SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Gel & Masque
  • SkinCeuticals Epidermal Repair

~Ashleigh King – Skincare Specialist~

All products are available at Shino Bay

Post Procedure Skincare2021-10-13T17:21:47-04:00

Skincare Regimen for Oily Skin


  • Cleanser- Glowbiotics Revitalizing Cleanser
  • Toner- SkinCeuticals LHA Toner
  • Serum- Biopelle KNR Serum, SkinCeuticals Retexturing Activator
  • Antioxidant- Biopelle Antioxidant Defense Serum
  • Eye Cream- Biopelle Radiance Eye Cream
  • Moisturizer- SkinCeuticals Metacell Renewal B3
  • Sunscreen- Elta UV Clear Tinted


  • Cleanser- Simple Cleansing Wipes, SkinCeuticals Simply Clean, Shino Bay Pore War
  • Toner- SkinCeuticals LHA Toner
  • Retinol- Glowbiotics Advanced Retinol Renewal Treatment
  • Eye Cream- Glowbiotics Anti-Wrinkle Illuminating Eye Cream
  • Moisturizer- Glowbiotics Probiotic Brightening Lotion

~Ashleigh King – Skincare Specialist~

All products are available at Shino Bay

Skincare Regimen for Oily Skin2021-10-13T17:21:05-04:00


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