For many years Allergen, the makers of the product used in a Perth Botox procedure, had the market all to themselves, at least in the US and Australia. But in Europe there is a competitor whose product is known as Dysport. This has now come into the rest of the world, so if you are not happy with your Botox results, there is another product to try. It does the same as Botox; prevents the nerve in the muscle from causing movement, thus also preventing wrinkles.
Dysport is made from botulinum type A the same as Botox is. In what other ways is it the same?
- Both are FDA approved
- Both are considered very safe
- Both have to be injected every 3-6 months
- Both can be used on other parts of the body apart from the face.
So what is the point of having another product that is the same? Experts tell us that competition in the market place is a good thing, that it brings down prices. So is the price of Dysport injections cheaper than Botox? It seems not especially; much depends on where you go to have it done. However there are some differences be they ever so slight – and argued over as they are. For what it’s worth, here they are.
- The molecule of Dysport is smaller than that of Botox.
- Dysport is said to last less time than Botox due to the smaller molecules. This is still being debated. Much depends on the individual.
- Dysport works more quickly with the results being visible in 2-5 days instead of 4-7 days.
- Dysport diffuses more. In other words it spreads to a larger area. This may be an advantage – or not, depending on where the injection site is and where you want it to stay.
- Another highly debated difference that the jury is still out on is that you need more Dysport product to do the same job as Botox.
Those who love debating issues will be pleased to know that there are several more such products being made that will come onto the market within a few years. This will give everyone a better chance to have a good argument and get it all off their chests. And then the general public might get some more useful information and be able to choose a product that suits them better than Botox, if indeed these other products are any more beneficial.
The main thing with Botox seems to be that it does not last as long as we would like. This means we have to go back for more treatment often so we not only pay more, but it takes more time. And for those who don’t really love having injections, it causes more stress. That’s what we suffer in pursuit of a beautiful complexion.