With the various cosmetic procedures and anti-aging breakthroughs, it’s important to find a procedure that has a proven and noticeable result. Botulinum toxin, Botox, is a prescription medicine that is injected into the muscles that cause wrinkles such as frown lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet. Botox works by reducing muscle activity that causes lasting lines to form. With significant results, no surgery, and no recovery time, there are many reasons to get this treatment. Botox is made by a company called Allergan and has been used for over 20 years. Botox has shown an extremely high safety and effectiveness rate but in April, 2009 a new Botox competitor was approved by the FDA called Dysport. Although newer here in the US, Dysport has been available in Europe for quite some time. Botox and Dysport are very similar but our ophthalmologist in Bayside, Dr. Michel Ehrenhaus, is well educated in the differences.
Both Botox and Dysport are a form of botulinum type A, used to relax your muscles that cause frown lines and other overactive muscles of the face, like forehead lines and crow’s feet. Dysport is a smaller-sized molecule so its unit measurement is different than Botox. Both Botox and Dypsort are recommended to be injected every 3-6 months and can be used on other parts of your face and body. Both also have a high safety profile, and have been in use for many years. Dysport can be slightly less expensive but it depends, of course, on the total amount needed to accomplish your goals. Our ophthalmologist in Bayside has researched double-blind clinical studies, indicating both Botox and Dysport showing similar effectiveness and side effects, with the patient and doctor unable to tell the results apart.
Still being debated and studied are the differences that Dysport may not last quite as long, Dysport has a slightly quicker onset (2-5 days vs. 4-7 days for Botox), Dysport spreads to a wider area (Which can be good or bad, depending on the area being treated) and you need more Dysport to get the same result as Botox. Ultimately, it is far more important who is injecting your Botox or Dysport, than which of these two products you are using. Our experienced and highly trained ophthalmologist in Bayside is will consult with you and decide which product is best for you.