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Should Botox Users Switch to Dysport and Save Money

Author: CosmeticSurgeryGuru

Published: 2010-02-25


Dysport is a botulinum toxin Type A injection for eliminating fine lines and wrinkles.

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Dysport: Should Botox Users Switch and Save Money? Cosmetic Surgery Guru Investigates - Similar to Botox, Dysport is a botulinum toxin Type A injection for eliminating fine lines and wrinkles. It costs 20% less than Botox, despite needing two extra treatments.

Dysport has entered the anti-wrinkle treatment arena against Botox and is looking to take a sizable chunk of the original's market share, which currently sits at 2.5 million treatments in America each year. Users have found that it's not only more affordable, but it may also produce superior results.

Made of botulinum toxin Type A proteins, the same substance as Botox, Dysport is injected into the muscle that causes wrinkles and fine lines to form on the skin's surface. This paralyzes the muscle and prevents it from creating those telltale marks. Because it is one-third the strength of the original product, it requires three treatments instead of just one. It is believed to have a number of benefits, however.

Experts have found Dysport produces results up to 48 hours sooner than Botox, which is a huge benefit for patients eager to get ready for an important event. Some patients have even reported results in as little as 24 hours. Even patients who have developed immunity to Botox have experienced results with this new wrinkle treatment.

Doctors have found this product can last up to a full year after the final treatment is administered, this is up to four times longer than the average lifespan of Botox treatments. The new injection also costs an estimated 20% less than the original wrinkle treatment.

"We've had a number of patients use both products, and have received mixed reviews. Some preferred Botox, while others have switched to Dysport and sworn to stay with it. Both products are quite similar, and carry the same risks, so which one patient chooses boils down to the specific area being treated, the patient's specific tissue type, and personal preference," explained's Mike Brains.

Like Botox, Dysport is not without risks. These include unintended paralysis of muscles and the surrounding area, a burning sensation near the injection sites, bruising, and swelling. This version also has an expanded reach, which makes it the preferred treatment for larger areas, but it also carries an increased risk, particularly in sensitive areas such as around the eyes. Antibody formation is also more likely, meaning the body sends antibodies to neutralize it and prevent it from working.

It may have been originally created as a treatment for neurological disorders, but Dysport has proven itself as an effective tool against hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating of the skin) and wrinkles. Before choosing to switch, however, patients should consult their doctor or cosmetic surgeon -

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