In this day and age, our external appearance plays an important role in what our confidence levels are in society. Unfortunately, ageing is a phenomenon that no one escapes and with advancing age comes changes on the appearance of our muscles and skin. Cosmetic medicine has advanced tremendously in the last two decades and simple treatments are now available that can transform one’s appearance in a very short sitting.
Amongst these cosmetic treatments, botulinum toxin injections have become commonplace with more and more women now seeking these treatments due to its safety, efficacy and affordability.
According to experts, there are two different botulinum toxin preparations available – Botox and Dysport. Botox was the first botulinum toxin that was made available to the public following which new versions have emerged including Dysport. Both of these preparations are used in the management of facial wrinkles though some believe that one is better than the other. In this article, we shall explore this aspect of efficacy between Botox and Dysport.
Botox versus Dysport
From the available anecdotal studies, it appears that Dysport may be better than Botox in certain aspects of cosmetic medicine. Both these preparations of botulinum toxin are used in the management of fine lines and wrinkles along with crow’s feet and regularities in the skin down the temple.
In a study that was conducted assessing Botox versus Dysport in the management of crow’s feet wrinkles, it appeared that Botox was inferior to Dysport. However, this study was more based on what the individual who received a treatment felt rather than actual scientific or molecular basis.
A lot of concerns have been raised regarding how exactly the clinical trial was conducted and some state that Dysport was being favoured from the very start.
That fact notwithstanding, other features of these two drugs need to be taken into consideration. For example, side-effect profiles are extremely important when offering the patient any form of treatment. Interestingly, the side-effect profiles are similar and also rare. Dysport also appears to have a longer lasting effect when compared to Botox. Results appear to be faster with Dysport as well.
Clinical studies have shown that Dysport bears an advantage over Botox as it can not only reduce wrinkles but also has an effect on the muscles underlying the skin, relaxing them to a greater extent. This particular aspect of treatment is noticed when the patient smile as they evident wrinkles tended to be a lot less with Dysport as compared to Botox.
One point that works against Dysport is that the dose of Dysport a significantly higher than that of Botox in the above studies implying the possibility that same dose Dysport and Botox may favour Botox injections. However, this is not very clear as of yet and more studies need to be conducted assessing the actual effect of Dysport at equivalent doses to Botox.