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Botox® vs. Dysport Injectables

Botox®  | Dysport | Dermal Fillers | Cosmetic Dermatology | AustinBotox® and Dysport are among the world’s most popular anti-aging cosmetic dermatology treatments for the face. Dr. Steven Zimmet is an experienced dermatologist providing a wide range of skin care solutions, including Botox® and Dysport. Dr. Zimmet receives patients from Austin, TX and surrounding areas for non-surgical aesthetic treatments and injectables.

FDA-approved Anti-Wrinkle Solutions

Both Botox® and Dysport treatments are designed to reduce facial wrinkles and lines for a temporary period ranging from three to six months. Both are based on botulinum toxin, which is a very powerful biological agent. The popularity of Botox® as an anti-aging injectable soared in the United States following its approval from the FDA in 2002 for the cosmetic reduction of lines between the brows. Since then it has continued to be a dominant non-surgical cosmetic dermatology treatment.

Dysport was popular for many years in Europe, but it received approval from the FDA only in 2009. Based on the fact that he is an experienced, while being committed to his craft, and a student of learning type of dermatologist, Dr. Zimmet carefully evaluates various anti-aging treatment options for his patients.

One Up for Botox®

He recommends both Botox® and Dysport as excellent treatments for facial wrinkle reduction. In 2013, Botox® also achieved FDA approval for the reduction of crow’s feet around the eyes, which further increased the confidence of patients in this treatment. However, Dysport has yet to receive this approval.


Dr. Zimmet will explain the functionality of Botox® and Dysport as injectable treatments to reduce signs of aging from the face to his patients in Austin, TX who seek skin care. The Botox® or Dysport expert will inject the medication directly into the shrunken muscle in the face that is causing the formation of wrinkle. The medication causes the muscle to relax immediately, and remain in that state for about three to six months. The wrinkle that was formed due to the shrunken muscle fades away from the face.

Dr. Zimmet will usually follow either treatment, depending on the patient’s personal preference. The effectiveness and safety profile of both treatments is nearly the same. However, by way of composition, the molecules of Botox® are larger sized as compared to those of Dysport. Therefore, the unit measurement in both cases is different. A number of scientific studies have been conducted for both Botox® and Dysport, which show similar outcomes in terms of safety and function.

Higher Popularity of Botox®

Botox® is a highly recognized brand name, not only in the United States, but all over the world. It is manufactured by Allergan, Inc., a company that is renowned as an expert in several medical and cosmetic products. As a result, many patients ask for Botox® simply because they are familiar with the name and are more comfortable using it.

Botox® also receives higher exposure due to several celebrities having used this treatment, and a number of publications and other media channels contributing to the visibility and popularity of this treatment in comparison to Dysport.

Individual Choice

In the final analysis, the choice between Botox® and Dysport should rest with the patient. In any case, it is more important to receive these injectable treatments from a dermatologist who has experience in performing such procedures.

If you would like to learn more about the procedures and treatments by Cosmetic Dermatologist, Dr. Steven Zimmet, please contact us at (512) 485-7700.

Dermatologist | Dermatology | Austin, TX | Skin CancerThe American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has recently released findings from a new national survey, which reveal that nine in 10 American men are aware of the existence of skin cancer, but only about 18 percent of American men actually visit a doctor for annual skin cancer screenings. This apathy towards the risk of skin cancer appears to be more conspicuous in younger men in the age group of 18 to 34.

The reality is that one in five people in the US will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. The deadliest form of skin cancer, melanoma, will afflict one in 50 Americans by 2015. The incidence of melanoma has been on the rise over the last three decades. Men are at a higher risk of this disease compared to women. The heartening part in the AAD survey is that men across age groups are more receptive to learning about skin cancer.

To spread greater knowledge and discussion about skin cancer among men, AAD has teamed up with the legendary New York Giants quarterback and CBS Sports analyst Phil Simms. Together they are launching SPOT me, an awareness campaign to highlight the risks of skin cancer. The campaign will particularly encourage men in all age groups to set up periodic skin cancer screenings from a board certified dermatologist and make skin health a priority.

Simms was diagnosed with skin cancer on his face, head, and ears in 2010 when he visited a dermatologist for a check-up. He has since undergone treatment and modified his lifestyle to reduce the risk of recurrence of skin cancer. Simms said: “Like most men, I resisted going to the doctor until my daughter encouraged me to have my skin checked, and I was lucky my skin cancer was diagnosed early and effectively treated.”

Simms is keen to educate men about the dangers of skin cancer in the United States. He says: “I get regular screenings and make sure my family – especially my two sons – does the same. I want to encourage men of all ages to talk to their family members and friends, be proactive with their skin health and most importantly, get screened for skin cancer.” Apart from teaming up with Simms, the Academy has also entered into a partnership with three professional football teams to raise awareness about skin cancer and provide free skin cancer screenings.

The president of the AAD, Dr. Brett Coldiron, also pointed out to the growing incidence of skin cancer among men. He said: “In my recent experience, I have treated more men than women for skin cancer, and the skin cancers in men are often more serious. This may be because men don’t get screened as often as they should, which leads to more advanced cancers that could have been caught earlier. The survey findings are encouraging in that men do wish to learn more and even welcome discussion about skin cancer.” The Academy’s skin cancer awareness campaign, SPOT me, is a part of its larger SPOT Skin Cancer initiative.

If you would like to learn more about the procedures and treatments by Cosmetic Dermatologist, Dr. Steven Zimmet, please contact us at (512) 485-7700.

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