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Botox is a popular cosmetic treatment used to reduce facial wrinkles as well as reduce signs of aging and relieve different medical conditions. This treatment has been used successfully in the U.S for many years now and other developed countries have also reported immense success in the same treatment. Practitioners of this cosmetic treatment perform millions of procedures every year a clear indication that this is one of the most popular treatments.
In 2009, Dysport, Botox competitor entered the U.S market. Although it was approved by the FDA in 2009, this treatment has been in Europe for several years as the best alternative for Botox. Dysport has its benefits and it is a big competition to Botox in Europe and other parts of the world. Some individuals might be wondering, between the two; Botox and Dysport, which one is the best when it comes to dealing with wrinkles?
In most cases, choosing Botox or Dysport is a matter of individual taste and preference for the person receiving the treatment or the practitioner. The plastic surgeon or service provider may advise you to prefer Botox to Dysport or vice-versa. There are quite a few differences between the two, but the truth of the matter is they are quite similar.
Similarities between Botox and Dysport
They are both forms of botulinum toxin type A, a product that is extracted and used in humans to relax and reduce muscle movement. They contain the same chemical composition, 150 kilodaltons active core. These two products use the same mechanism of action in the muscle. Botox and Dysport relax the muscle tissue and reduce its response to nerve impulses that are responsible for muscle contraction. As we grow older, frowning and smiling creates fine lines between your eyebrows and raising the eyebrows from time to time creates forehead lines. These two products are used to reduce these fine lines and enhance your appearance.
The use of botulinum toxin in small injectable amounts temporarily prevents contractions in the specific area and relaxes the muscle in that area thus reducing wrinkles and the formation of fine lines. However, when the treatment fades away the lines will reappear.
The major difference is in their formula. Dysport is more diluted than Botox and as such, it changes the dosage level. This means that if you are accustomed to a particular number of units when using Dysport, the number will reduce when you switch to Botox. However, this does not affect the efficacy of either of the products. Because of the formula, Dysport tends to diffuse fast and spreads out over a wider area. It can be ideal for treating a larger area, for instance, wide forehead wrinkles and certain areas with thinner muscles like the crows’ feet.
Depending on your preference you might choose to use Botox or Dysport. They have similar properties and work almost the same. However, Dysport fades faster than Botox and is less expensive.