Voluma vs Dysport
The world of injectables has become crowded in the last decade with more than one dozen options like Restylane, Juvederm, Dysport, Voluma, and Radiesse. Each product offers its own benefits and works best to treat specific problems. This can make it tricky to determine which filler is best for you. The good news is you can count on an experienced plastic surgeon to help you explain your options and recommend the best product to help you look your best.
Here’s a look at how Dysport and Voluma compare. These popular injectables offer some similarities but they offer very different results.
What Is Voluma?
Voluma is a popular dermal filler used to fill hollow areas and sometimes reduce the appearance of wrinkles. As the name implies, this filler is designed to volumize and fill the jawline, cheekbones, and cheeks with dramatic results. Voluma is the best cheek filler available with long-lasting results. It’s made by Allergan, the same manufacturer behind Juvederm and Botox.
Voluma is already mixed with lidocaine, a powerful numbing agent, to make injections as comfortable as possible. Unlike other fillers, Voluma is injected deeper into the skin to achieve a lifting effect of the cheekbones and face while smoothing the jaw.
How Voluma Is Used
Voluma is the only hyaluronic acid filler that’s FDA approved to volumize and contour the midface, including the cheeks and jaw. Because Voluma is made from a thick gel based on hyaluronic acid, it can be used to fill areas that have become hollowed with age like the temples and cheeks.
Its lifting and volumizing effect makes Voluma a popular choice for a non-surgical facelift. No incisions are necessary. Instead, key areas of the face and cheeks are chosen as injection sites. The volumizing effects of the filler are immediately apparent after the first session with skin that looks firmer and greater definition of the cheekbones.
Voluma is not used along nasolabial folds, in the lips, or under the eyes. These sites require a filler that’s thinner and more malleable to smooth the wrinkles and fit the contours of your face.
What Is Dysport?
Dysport, like Botox, is made from botulinum toxin A. These injectables work in the same way to block nerve signals to muscles, which causes the muscles to relax. Many wrinkles like frown lines are caused by contracted muscles. When the muscles are forced to relax, the appearance of the wrinkles will be dramatically reduced.
Dysport has been FDA approved since 2009 but it has been used throughout Europe for much longer. Dysport is the primary competitor to Botox as both injectables work through the same effect on the nervous system.
Many patients report a preference for Dysport or Botox, but you may switch from one to the other if you aren’t satisfied with the results. The difference between the two can be compared to the difference between Pepsi and Coke: both are soft drinks but you may like one more than the other.
How Dysport Is Used
Dysport is used in the same way as Botox to treat moderate to severe wrinkles. Dysport can treat deep wrinkles in many areas, including frown lines between the brows, crows feet around the eyes, and forehead lines.
Dysport has slightly smaller molecules than Botox which can produce results a few days sooner than Botox. Dysport also diffuses better than Botox. This means it will spread to affect a slightly larger area. If you are treating a larger area, Dysport may be a better choice than Botox.
How Long Do Results Last?
Voluma results will be visible immediately after a one-hour treatment session. The results from Voluma can last up to 2 years or even longer. Voluma is the longest lasting dermal filler. Most fillers only last 6-9 months by comparison.
With Dysport, you will likely need to wait about two days to see results. Dysport results can last about 6 months. To maintain your results, you will need maintenance treatments about every 3 to 6 months.
Recovery from Voluma and Dysport
The recovery period for Dysport and Voluma is similar. Both injectables can result in minor swelling, redness, and tenderness at the injection site for the first 1 to 3 days. To avoid swelling and possible bruising, avoid vitamin E, aspirin, and ibuprofen for one week before the procedure.
Because Voluma is injected more deeply than Dysport or other fillers, it can cause soreness and tenderness that lasts for a few days. This discomfort can be managed with Tylenol.
Voluma and Dysport are both popular injectables that can help smooth signs of aging, but they work in different ways. Voluma is used to fill hollowed areas while offering a lifting effect while Dysport is used to treat wrinkles caused by overactive facial muscles. These injectables can be combined, however, to maximize your results. Both can also be used in conjunction with other fillers like Juvederm and Radiesse.
The Glasgold Group specializes in facial plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures in New Jersey. Learn more about dermal fillers and schedule a consultation to review your options!