Botox vs. Dysport - Here's the Real Deal!
So, what’s the real deal? What’s the difference between Botox and Dysport (pronounced DIS-port)?
Here’s the background: Botox Cosmetic by Allergan was FDA approved in 2002. It had already been in the medical arena since 1991 when it was being used for things like spastic bladder and blepharospasm. In 2009, Dysport by Galderma was FDA approved for cosmetic use.
They why do you hear so much more about Botox? Well, they have an amazing marketing team. It’s like Jacuzzi is to hot tubs. Botox is just the well-known name that has become synonymous with relaxing muscles.
In reality, I describe them as Coke and Pepsi. Essentially the same product, made by different manufacturers.
Do they ultimately do the same thing? Pretty much.
Are they both safe? Of course.
Do they cost the same? In my practice, they do.
Does one have more side effects? No.
So, then which one should you choose? Well, here’s a key difference. In head to head studies, Dysport does seem to start working slightly faster than Botox. Expect effects of Dysport maybe at day 5-7 and Botox maybe 7-10. (Is it sometimes sooner? Yes!).
Clinically there are certain times when I’ll suggest switching, too. For example, if you’ve been using Botox for years and it’s just not working the same way it was before (not lasting as long, not giving the same result), I’ll suggest trying something new.
Either way, you’ll find what works best for you and your metabolism, muscles, facial anatomy. Let your experienced provider help you navigate.
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