Botulinum Toxin-Based Injections 101

Patients who receive injection treatments generally swear by the power of Botox and its ability to shed years off your forehead, eyes, and mouth. However, there are now three injectable neuromodulators created from botulinum toxin. Botulinum toxin temporarily blocks nerve signals in overworked muscles, which eliminates repetitive muscle contracting that causes unsightly frown lines and wrinkles. Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin are the current versions available.

Botox, manufactured by Allergan, was the first neuromodulator approved by the FDA over a decade ago in 1989. Since then Dysport, manufactured by Medicis, has been FDA-approved since 2009 and Xeomin (manufactured by Merz) in 2011. All of these injection treatments alter the nerve impulses in facial muscles, eliminating or smoothing out wrinkles caused by repetitive contractions.

So what exactly is the difference between these injectables? Well, they all produce similar results and work well to achieve the patient’s cosmetic desires. For the purpose of Dr. Stanislaw’s practice in Connecticut, this blog will focus on the difference between Botox and Dysport.

Botox vs. Dysport

When comparing Botox (onobotulinum toxin A) and Dysport (abobutullinum toxin A), it may remind you of comparing Coca-Cola to Pepsi. They both have the same active ingredient and work the same way, but people have different preferences: some people like Dysport more, and others like Botox more.

Both injection solutions have undergone extensive clinical testing and are quite similar to treating facial wrinkles. However, some cosmetic surgeons find small differences between the two.

Dysport works a bit faster than Botox. The speed of onset for Botox is about 7 days to 10 days, and Dysport is about 2 to 3 days. Both Dysport and Botox work very well for the wrinkles of the forehead, glabella (the lines between the eyebrows), and crow’s feet. Additionally, the dosing is different, with 24 units of Botox equaling approximately 60 units of Dysport.

However, if you are trying to choose between Botox and Dysport, a consultation with Dr. Stanislaw can help determine which is best for you. Both neuromodulators are proven to be effective in restoring that youthful, wrinkle-free appearance you once had. To find out which non-invasive wrinkle solution is right for you, contact Stanislaw Facial Plastic Surgery Center today to schedule your initial consultation.

So, what do you think ?