Botox® and Dysport are two of the popular injectable dermatology procedures designed to reduce facial signs of aging. Both these treatments are based on botulinum toxin A, which is a powerful biological substance. This neurotoxin will act to temporarily relax a wrinkle-forming overactive facial muscle. As the muscle relaxes, the wrinkle will fade away, and the patient can enjoy wrinkle-free skin for a few months.
Both Dysport and Botox® have very similar composition, but certain distinctions still exist between the two aesthetic skin care treatments. The patient may choose either option as per their personal liking, or follow the recommendation of the treatment provider. Dr. Steven Zimmet is an experienced dermatologist providing anti-aging facial injectable treatments to patients in Austin, TX and surrounding communities.
Botox® was the first non-surgical injectable treatment to reduce facial wrinkles that was approved by the FDA. Botox® is produced by Allergan, Inc., a leader in the field of medical and cosmetic products. Botox® has continued to dominate the segment of anti-aging facial injectables in the US and the rest of the world and remained an immensely popular cosmetic dermatology brand ever since it was approved in 2002 for frown lines.
In 2013, the FDA further approved Botox® for the reduction of crow’s feet around the eyes. Every year millions of patients benefit from Botox® anti-aging facial treatments worldwide. Many dermatologists recommend Botox® to appropriate candidates who want to restore a younger looking face without undergoing surgery or laser treatments. Brand recognition and trust quotient enjoyed by Botox® is one of the highest among all cosmetic skin care treatments.
Disport, on the other hand, entered the American market rather late when it was approved by the FDA in 2009 for similar usage as Botox® . But before its introduction in the US, Dysport was already a popular and established brand in Europe for several years. Dysport is manufactured by Medicis, which is also a prominent manufacturer of medical and aesthetic products. Dr. Zimmet receives patients from Austin, TX and nearby areas for non-surgical anti-aging solutions.
One of the key differences between Botox® and Dysport is that the molecular size of Botox® is slightly larger than that of Dysport. As a result, the unit measurement of the two treatments differs from each other. In terms of pricing, some practices may charge a little lower price for Dysport, but this will finally depend on the individual pricing policy of a practice.
In terms of sustainability of outcomes, some researchers believe there is a slight difference between the two treatments. Results with Botox® may last a little longer as compared to Botox® , according to these researchers. However, the research studies in this area are not conclusive.
Another difference is about the quick visibility of results. Dysport is likely to show full results in about two to five days, where as Botox® may take about four to seven days for the results to be fully established. Wider diffusion in case of Dysport may allow it to spread quickly over the targeted area. But this could both be a benefit and a limitation, depending on the specific facial site of treatment.