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Since FDA approval for cosmetic use in 2002, Botox® Cosmetic (botulinum toxin Type A - a neurotoxin) has dominated the industry. Along with tissue fillers, Botox has created a surge of interest in the world of non-surgical cosmetic procedures and continues to grow as consumers avoid the high cost of surgery.
Botulinum toxin Type A is used to relax facial muscles that create wrinkles when contracted. Reduction or elimination of wrinkles between the eyebrows, across the forehead, and around the outside corners of the eyes (crow's feet) creates a smoother, younger, less stressed and refreshed look. It's no wonder that it was the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure last year. Botulimum toxin injections are performed as a simple office procedure taking as little as 5-10 minutes to perform. There is no downtime involved and results start to show in just a few days.
Dysport, also a botulinum toxin Type A, was first licensed for medical use in Europe prior to Botox in 1990. Also, it is approved in many countries around the world. Dysport, FDA approved in April 2009, became the first US competitor to Botox®. Dysport, made of the same neurotoxin - botulinum toxin Type A as Botox, has many of the same characteristics, indications, risk and side effects. Botox and Dysport injections have a long standing safety profile in the US and Europe as well as other countries. The most common concerns consumers have are adverse effects such as eyelid droop (2%). With well-qualified injectors these complications are rare.
Although they are both botulinum toxin Type A, they are different drugs. They have dosing differences. Some studies show that Dysport has a faster onset and longer duration of action compared to Botox®. Consumers may remain loyal to the branded name of Botox®. However, Dysport will give it some real competition. With some evidence of faster onset and longer duration of action, along with being priced lower, many consumers may convert to the new alternative to erase wrinkles especially in these economic times. Maintaining a youthful look may be more affordable.
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