Ever since receiving FDA approval in 2002, BOTOX® Cosmetic has been the most popular nonsurgical treatment in the country for facial wrinkles and fine lines. Millions of patients opt for these injections every year to reduce the appearance of forehead wrinkles and frown lines. Due to a lack of competition, BOTOX® Cosmetic has been able to dominate the market, enjoying a level of success unparalleled by other injectable treatments.
Recently, BOTOX® Cosmetic has been facing competition for the first time ever. In 2009, the FDA approved Dysport for use in treating the same issues that are addressed by BOTOX® Cosmetic.
On the surface, these two injectable treatments seem virtually identical. Both are used to relax the facial muscles that contract to form wrinkles. Both also take effect gradually, and must be repeated every three to four months to maintain the results.
So what are the differences between the two, and which treatment will best suit your needs? The answer to the latter question will largely be based on your unique aesthetic goals, and our Denver aestheticians can help you make that decision during your initial consultation. However, it is important to answer the first question so that you can be fully informed regarding your options.
There are several slight differences between BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport related to the formula and the application of these treatments. The Dysport solution is lower in concentration than the BOTOX® Cosmetic solution. This may have two impacts on your treatment. First, the results may not last as long when using Dysport. Second, this lower concentration of the formula may cause Dysport to spread throughout your face more easily than BOTOX® Cosmetic. However, this risk can be reduced when Dysport is administered by a highly skilled and experienced medical professional.
Ultimately, both procedures should deliver exceptional results that take years off of your appearance. And since they are both temporary solutions to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles, you may want to try both treatments to see which one you like better.
Please contact Facial Aesthetics today to schedule your free initial consultation. We serve patients in the Denver, Colorado area.