Dysport is similar to Botox and is referred to as Botox's twin or first cousin. This new wrinkle relaxer is approved to treat frown lines in the U.S., and has been used to treat neurological disorders outside the United States for more than 15 years. Dysport is approved to treat wrinkles in 23 countries. It is also used to treat wrinkles and crow's feet in the United States. It is also used for frown lines, forehead wrinkles, crow's feet and other dynamic wrinkles.
And there is certainly a market for it. People can't get enough of Botox. In 2008, Botox was the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic procedure performed in the United States, according to the American Society for Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). There were approximately 2.5 million Botox procedures performed in 2008. Clinical trials of Dysport were performed under Dr. Monheit at Total Skin and Beauty from 2002-2009.
Botox vs. Dysport: Like Botox Cosmetic, Dysport is an injectable form of botulinum toxin Type A. Exactly how the two wrinkle-relaxers differ is not fully understood. Initial reports suggest that Dysport may act quicker. Botox takes three to five days to work, while Dysport seems to work within two days. This rapid response has been studied in the clinical trial. Botox and Dysport last about the same, dependent on dosage used and wrinkles treated. Ask the Doctor which is best for you.
Dysport does have a slightly greater "field of effect" giving a very uniform reduction of wrinkles in the upper face. It though requires a different dosage, injection points and proper training. The cost of Dysport treatment will likely end up being similar to Botox.