Botox Cosmetic and Dysport – which is right for me?
Many years ago, Botox® Cosmetic was introduced to the medical world for the treatment of muscle spasms. However, it was later discovered that Botox injections could also temporarily reduce or eliminate the prominence of the central frown line, forehead creases, crows feet and thick bands in the neck. Tiny quantities of the toxin are injected into the muscles where treatment is desired and the treated muscles weaken over the following week. The injection is quick, virtually painless and has no downtime. Most treatments last from 4 to 6 months and can be repeated as necessary.
Dysport may be newer in the U.S. (on the market since only April, 2009), but it has been battling Botox head to head in Europe and elsewhere for several years already. Here’s what we know so far about the battle of these big boys in the nonsurgical esthetic arena: Both Botox and Dysport are botulinum toxin type A proteins and work in a similar fashion. Dysport may be minimally less expensive, but not enough so to make any significant difference cost-wise to the consumer. And, men and women both are enjoying the younger-looking effects provided by each.
Dosing is different than Botox, but this is a technical consideration for the doctor to know and is not really something for the patient to be concerned with. Dysport has been known to work a bit faster than Botox, and the quicker onset may be an advantage if you have a big party in a few days and need a quick fix.
The choice between Botox and Dysport really comes down to the consumer. At The Bougainvillea Clinique, we offer both products to our patients and every treatment is performed by one of our licensed nurse practitioners. We are proud to have Michelle Hartog, APRN, and Liz Montoya, APRN, who are both National Trainers, provide the latest, advanced techniques so our patients receive, excellent, consistent results at every visit.
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