According to ASAP (American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery), over 2.4 million people received Botox and/or Dysport injections on their faces in an effort to decrease wrinkles and achieve a more youthful-looking appearance.
For the last 10 years, Botox has been the most commonly received cosmetic injectable. Made by Allergan, Botox is a diluted type of botulinum toxin, that when injected into the muscle, momentarily causes paralysis or weakness, thereby relaxing the muscle and temporarily reducing wrinkles.
In the last couple of years, Dysport, another contender in the wrinkle-busting arena has been giving Botox a run for its money.
A study was recently conducted by the University of California San Francisco to compare the effectiveness of Dysport vs Botox in reducing facial wrinkles around the eyes, commonly known as “crow’s feet.” The results are published in the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery.
The Results Of The Study
In this “split-face” experiment, 90 participants received Dysport injections on one side of their faces, and Botox injections on the other side. After the 30 day trial, the study showed that when the subjects’ faces were at rest, there was no notable difference between the effectiveness of both injectables.
However, 67% of the participants stated that when they were smiling, the side of their faces that was treated with Dysport injections looked smoother than the other side that received Botox injections.
While this study showed that Dysport produced a smoother appearance and more diminishment of “crow’s feet” around the eyes, it is not yet sure if Dysport could accomplish these same results around other parts of the face or neck the way Botox can.
Is Dysport Better Than Botox?
Even though the results of the study seem to favor Dysport, it’s important to keep in mind that the results are not definitive. For one, the trial was conducted on only a small group of subjects. Secondly, the efficacy of both injectables over a long term period was not taken into account. The wrinkle-smoothing effects from both Dysport and Botox injections are supposed to last for about 4 to 6 months before follow-up injections are required, but it would be interesting to see if the results would differ if a double blind study were to be done on a larger group of subjects over a longer time period.
At this time, it is not so significant which botulinum toxin is used – the important thing to consider is choosing a qualified and experienced provider, such as a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon.
AND LASTLY, A TIP…
The more skilled injectors who have had vast experience and familiarity with both injectables will use a combination of both Dysport and Botox on selected areas of the face to achieve optimum results, because there are subtle differences in the way each injectable works.