When the effects of aging start to take their toll by causing lines and wrinkles in the skin, you may begin to seriously research your options for anti-aging beyond general skin care. While invasive facial plastic surgery was once the only choice for effective facial rejuvenation, our aesthetic patients here in our Beverly Hills aesthetic center can also choose between two other less invasive choices, Botox and Dysport, to slow the inevitable signs of aging that plague us all: forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet and those pesky lines between the eyebrows.
Botox and Dysport are both made from botulinum toxin compounds, a protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. This neuromodulator works to “modulate” the “nerve” impulses in your face and other parts of the body. By relaxing the facial muscles, the formation of wrinkles is minimized, slowing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Both treatments yield only temporary results, with injections needed every three to six months depending on the patient.
Botox, manufactured by Allergan, has been approved for use for over two decades. By now, this particular anti-aging treatment is a household word. After it is injected, onset takes anywhere from four to seven days. In addition, it is more concentrated and remains in a smaller area after injection, allowing more precise placement.
By contrast, Dysport, the first of a few Botox alternatives with FDA approval, has only been in use in the U.S. since 2009. You might have heard of it under its former name, Reloxin. Dysport is currently owned by Galderma, and was the standard intervention in Europe for several years before its introductions into the United States. Therefore, you can feel rest assured that Dysport is a safe and highly effective alternative. Botox and Dysport should be priced equivalently, however depending on the rebates by the company, Dysport may be less expensive. Some providers feel that Dysport works faster, taking two to five days to begin working, as opposed to Botox’s five to seven. This alternative also spreads to a wider area after it is injected. Depending on your treatment goals, this can either be an advantage or a hindrance.
While these botulinum toxin compounds stem from the same source, they aren’t exactly alike. So, how do you decide which is right for you?
Your most important task is to find a licensed, certified injection specialist with proven results and with whom you feel comfortable. During your initial consultation, you can discuss your particular case and decide which would be best. Since both have proven to be safe and effective, it really boils down to which treatment you and your injection specialist decide is right for you. Contact us today for a consultation. We will go over your complete medical history, discuss your desired results, and come up with an anti-aging treatment plan that is catered to your needs.« Back to Articles & Tips