New Injectable Dysport Offers Stiff Competition for Botox

June 18, 2010

Wrinkles are running scared from these injectable solutions to your forehead wrinkles.

Dysport is a new injectable on the market that is offering some real competition to the well-known Botox. The two work very similarly - they use the botulinum toxin to block nerve endings, preventing the contraction of specific muscles that cause wrinkles. The two have different dosing options so they're not exactly the same, but Dysport may work faster and last longer, according to some patients.

Dysport was featured in a recently on The Doctors, and Dr. Drew Ordon says that Dysport and Botox both work well, but people can respond differently to each, so make sure to consult with your doctor. Many aesthetic offices price both Dysport and Botox the same, however, as some feel that Dysport lasts longer, it may cost less in the long run because of fewer repeat visits.

Both Dysport and Botox carry the same blackbox warning about the possibility of a distance spread of the toxin. It has long been known that the toxin will spread to the surrounding muscles, those closest to the injected muscle. It is the possibility of a spread to other areas of the body that have brought about this new concern. There have been no reports of distance spread of the toxin when administered at the recommended dosage.

Common side effects are pain or redness at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle or neck pain, eye problems, dry mouth or allergic reactions. Always tell your doctor about all allergies, any other medical condition, and all other medications you're taking.

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