It is understandable that people have a strong desire to stay young. Youth is when we have the most energy, when we are the most attractive and when we feel the best about ourselves. As a result of our desire to maintain a youthful appearance, cosmetic procedures have grown into a multi-billion-dollar business. It has even changed the lexicon of the English language. For example, words like BOTOX® and Dysport® have gone from being terms that were whispered about among the rich and famous to being terms that everyone uses on a daily basis.
BOTOX® has become so popular that approximately three million procedures using this product are done in the United States every single year. It is referred to as the wonder drug. This is because it is safe and is widely used by aesthetic physicians. For a long time, BOTOX® stood alone as the muscle-relaxing cosmetic treatment of choice. However, over the past few years, it has received serious competition from Dysport®. So, is there a difference between the two products?
Both of these injectables have been approved by the FDA. BOTOX® received FDA approval in the year 2002. Dysport® received approval from the FDA in 2009. Both products were approved to treat forehead wrinkles and lines.
Both products are a slight variation of the same substance. They are also designed to work the same way. They block the nerves that cause muscles in the face to contract. This leads to these muscles being relaxed temporarily. In turn, this reduces the appearance of dynamic wrinkles. These are the wrinkles that are formed when the human face makes expressions, like smiling or frowning. BOTOX® and Dysport® have both been used for the wrinkles that appear around the mouth and nose and for crow’s feet.
Both treatments have a composition that is similar enough that most cosmetic professionals will use them interchangeably. Some argue that Dysport® is a little bit better on crow’s feet because it has more diffusion and it distributes a little bit more evenly. However, when it comes to addressing minor corrections, many cosmetic professionals will use BOTOX®.
Some cosmetic professionals state that the effects of Dysport® can be seen quicker than the BOTOX® effects. BOTOX® will usually take three to five days to start working, whereas Dysport® has been recorded as providing results in as little as one or two days. There is also some evidence that Dysport® may last longer than BOTOX®.
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Both of these products are powerful weapons that can help individuals who are fighting aging. More important than the product that is used is the skill of the cosmetic professional. If they know how to use the product correctly, the patient will walk away with a healthier, more youthful appearance.
Trust your face to the skilled professionals at Fine Arts Skin and Laser in Dover. Our medical team will help you reach your aesthetic goals after evaluating the unique condition of your skin. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation to learn more about which product is right for you.