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Botox vs. Dysport

By December 4, 2015Uncategorized


We all know the name Botox – it is used as a generic name for Botulinum Toxin (BTX) type A.   BTX is a protein that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It is also produced in the lab for medical, cosmetic and research use.  There is type A and B, both of which are used in medicine for a wide variety of uses.

Botox Cosmetic is onobotuliniumA, and was FDA approved in 2002 for cosmetic use. 

Dysport is abobotulinimA and was FDA approved for cosmetic use in 2009.

Both have been in use for years (Dysport in Europe only until recently) and have a high safety profile, can be used on the upper face and other parts of body, and must be injected every 3-6 months. Both show similar efficacy and side effects.

Some differences you may notice is that Dysport may take effect faster – 2 to 4 days rather than 4 to 7 days, may spread more, which can be an advantage or disadvantage, and may not last as long, which is still being studied and debated.

One way to view these products is to compare it to the difference between a Fiji and a Gala apple – very similar but with subtle differences.  A more important distinction is the experience of the injector with each of these products.  We are proud to carry both Botox and Dysport and are happy to answer any questions you may have between the two.

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