Botox and Dysport are trade names of two prescription medications approved for medical and cosmetic use by different authorities including US Food and Drug Administration. While Botox was approved in 2002, Dysport came to be approved in 2009. Likewise, Botox is produced by Allergan Inc. while Dysport is produced by Medicis Aesthetics, both based in the USA.
Both Botox and Dysport are toxins (Botulinum toxin) produced by Bacterium Clostridium. Botulinum toxin (BTX) is protein and neurotoxin substance that cause botulism a serious life-threatening illness that affects both humans and animals. BTX is the most lethal toxic substance known and is feared as a deadly potential bio-terror weapon. There is however a slight difference between Botox and Dysport. While Botox is onabotulinimtoxinA, Dysport is abobotulinumtoxinA.
Between Botox and Dysport, it is Dysport that has brought about serious debate on which of the two is the winner. Although both are approved for medical use such as in relaxing body muscles, it is in the cosmetic industry where debate about use of the two is concentrated. It is now very common for cosmetic surgeons to use the two in eliminating wrinkles that develop on the facial area for reasons that need to better be understood.
On medical studies conducted using the two substances, Dysport came out tops when it comes to improving appearance of treated wrinkles than Botox. It may however be difficult to notice any difference unless one treated with Dysport contracts his/her facial muscles as much as possible. It must ne noted that this finding has only been obtained with use of Dysport on the face and not on other parts of the body where wrinkles do develop.
Of the two, Dysport has also been found to have fast action unlike Botox. While a Dysport injection starts to work on wrinkles in about two to three days, a Botox injection can last for up to a week or longer before it starts to work on wrinkles. Dysport is therefore suitable for those who want a “quick fix” solution to wrinkles in case they intend to attend a party or a wedding at a short notice.
Another area where Dysport has proved to be more effective than Botox is when it comes to how long results remain. Dysport has proven to produce long-lasting results than Botox. In addition, Dysport produces soft natural look, making it difficult for anyone to notice whether you have received wrinkle treatment or not.
Of the two substances, Dysport has proved to be very friendly to many users, unlike Botox that some users can no longer tolerate. Many who have hitherto been using Botox have ended up developing build-up of antibodies that resist Botox and Dysport no doubt provides the best alternative.
Comparing the two substances is similar to comparing a hen and its female chicken. Although they produce similar results, how long such results last, resistance and one’s preference are the most important considerations. It must be noted that the two substances cannot be compared in terms of prize because they are available in different doses. Furthermore, the number of treatments (injections) one requires depends on several factors including extent of area of the body to be treated. It is however clear that Dysport outperforms Botox in many areas and that is the main reason why it has created such a heated debate among players in the cosmetic industry.