Botox has been the leading cosmetic procedure. But another brand of botulinum toxin is challenging its reign: Dysport. The brand claims to smoothen crow’s feet wrinkles better. It is no surprise why medical clinics and day spas offer both procedures for people who want to look younger.
Around six years ago, Dysport infiltrated the Botox-dominated market of skin-smoothing injectables. Both Botox and Dysport are botulinum toxins, which are proteins created from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.
In 2002, the Food and Drug Administration gave Botox an approval to treat frown lines, and handed Dysport its authorization in 2009.
The creators of Dysport financed a showdown between the two treatments. They conducted a test involving random patients who agreed to get injections of Dysport on one side of their face, and Botox on the other.
They applied the substances to those muscles, and about 30 days later, the researchers found that two-thirds of patients favored the side of Dysport, and only one-third chose the side of Botox.
In spite of the results, the researchers still wanted more data. They evaluated the images of the wrinkles using a five-point scale and revealed that they were only able to check results when the eye muscles contracted, and were not rested. They published the findings online in the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery.
The authors mentioned in their paper that patients favored Dysport in treating crow’s feet. They also concluded, however, it needed more research. Researchers also need to factor in dosage in evaluating the efficacy of both injectables.
Which one should you choose? While the test shows Dysport has some advantage over Botox, it is best to know more about these cosmetic procedures before picking one. Consult your plastic surgeon.