By Mark A. Ballentyne, MD
The Skin Wellness Center At Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center

Botox Cosmetic was approved by the FDA for cosmetic use in 2002. It has become increasingly popular. The wrinkle controller and reducer is easy, quick, affordable and no more embarrassing than going to the dentist. It is now the most common beauty treatment by both women and men and is the fastest way to give your face a noticeably refreshed look.

In April of 2009. a second botulinum toxin type A, named ?Dysport? was approved by the FDA. Introduced by Medicis, the makers of Restylane, Dysport is now available as an alternative to Botox Cosmetic for use in smoothing the lines and wrinkles you already have and also for preventing lines and wrinkles from progressing. My patients have been very pleased with the results.

At Atlantic Plastic Surgery, I have helped hundreds of patients achieve a more youthful and less stressed appearance with the use of both Botox Cosmetic and Dysport. When injected by an experienced physician, both products are highly effective in reducing lines caused by muscle contractions typically for frown lines, forehead lines and crow?s feet. I educate my patients about both products and let them select. Most patients have the same questions:

Which product last longer?

My initial impression is that the two products are very similar. Patients may see a slightly faster onset of action with Dysport vs. Botox. They both are approved to last up to four months.

How long does it last?

The effects last for up to 6 months for some patients or as brief as 3 to 4 months for patients whose muscles are stronger and do not seem to hold the product as well.

Which product starts working faster?

Dysport does claim to start working a day sooner than Botox Cosmetic.

Which product gives you more value for your dollar?

Competition between the two companies has provided patients with an opportunity to save money with discounted pricing and mail in rebates making this a great time to come in and discuss which product would be right for you.

Is Botox safe?

Botox Cosmetic and Dysport are both safe. Adverse effects are very uncommon and are temporary.

What other similar products are on the horizon?

Alternatives will continue to be brought forward. Soon patients will be hearing more about Purtox from Johnson & Johnson.

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