Some of our Denver and Broomfield area clients are requesting Dysport and we are happy to announce, we will soon be honoring their wishes!
Most of us are very familiar with Botox. However, in 2009, the first major Botox competitor was FDA-approved. Although Dysport was only FDA-approved a few years ago, it has been widely used in Europe for many years before it was introduced in the US.
Dysport certainly doesn’t have the same name recognition as Botox. Dysport is made by the same company that makes one of our favorite fillers Restylane. There are really very few differences between Botox and Dysport. The main differences are that Dysport, tends to kick-in a bit faster than Botox (within a day or two rather than in three of four days for Botox). Also, while a “unit” of Dysport is less expensive, usually more units are required to get the same effect, so the cost difference is often not a major factor.
From a scientific perspective, both are neurotoxins. Botox’s scientific name is onabotulinumtoxinA and Dysport’s is abobtulinumtoxinA. The difference in the names is because Dysport is a fermented version of bacterium Clostridium botulinum type A, whereas Botox is not made from a fermented variety. The result is that Botox weakens or paralyzes muscles near the injection site by blocking certain nerves. Dysport, however, relaxes muscles by blocking the release of the chemical called acetylcholine.
Some studies have shown that Dysport may be more effective than Botox in treating some areas, especially crow’s feet. This is because Dysport tends to have a bit of a larger dispersion area than Botox (it is comprised of smaller molecules). This claim is controversial however. Also, some studies suggest Dysport lasts longer than Botox, while other studies suggest Botox lasts longer than Dysport. So for longevity, the verdict is still out too.
We are starting to provide Dysport so our clients have choices. Whether Dysport of Botox is best for you is a matter of personal preference. Perhaps there are conflicting research results because for reasons still not completely scientifically understood, Dysport may be a better wrinkle reducer for some clients, while Botox will be optimal for others.
Most of our client have been very satisfied with Botox. However, if you’ve wanted to try Dysport and compare for yourself or you feel your results with Botox are not ideal, now is the time. We are very excited to hear your thoughts and feedback about our latest offering.
As we ring in the new year, perhaps it’s time to try something new, for an ever more beautiful YOU!
*Results may vary from patient to patient