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Dysport vs. BOTOX

September 30th, 2016


~ Is there really a difference?

Confused about which to try: Dysport vs BOTOX? Think of it this way, as Dr. David Bank, the Founder and Director of the Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery
sums it up in two words: Coke vs. Pepsi. The picture now becomes quite clear, I know for me it did.

It’s a question that has been around since both these youth-enhancing liquids were first introduced, and quite frankly, I was unsure myself.

Both are winners, neither a loser, the science is similar, BOTOX has a little (very little) more time on the market than Dysport, but both have the same recognition: An injectable that targets the facial muscle and helps it to ‘relax and soften lines’, as Dr. Bank prefers to suggest.

It becomes a personal choice, and if you have the opportunity to do so, take the challenge and try them both at different intervals, and see for yourself, which works best. You might find one begins to ‘kick in’ a little sooner, while the other takes two to three days to start to show results. Additionally, one might last longer, where the other starts to wear off at the three-month mark.
However, what has become quite clear to me is that you shouldn’t mess around with is the professional you choose to inject it. I would be very weary to walk into any Cosmetology Office due to a special they are running. Pick a professional who knows what he or she is doing, is an expert in the field, and one that you feel 100% comfortable. Even though it is far from the truth, look at it as though they are operating on your face. You wouldn’t pick anyone, am I right? Let this professional sit with you and chat about what ‘look’ you would like to achieve, because Dr. Bank agrees, “aside from experience, and quality control of obtaining the medication, you must have an artistic talent and place these injections just right to balance the face without overdoing it.” Dr. Bank has his clients exaggerate a “scowl” or “cheesy smile”, while he is injecting so he knows exactly where ‘your’ lines are most obvious. He also admits that while he is sitting with you, he is analyzing your face and to see what form it takes in the ‘real world’. This is so crucial.

And the last important piece of advice Dr. Bank shared with me is to consider being conscious of your “three month” mark if your schedule and budget allows. Going back for another round of injections at the 3 to 4 month mark rather than six months when it ALL wears off, especially for the first year when you begin this process, produces optimum results. He says, “Both BOTOX/Dysport has a muscle-training effect, muscles are beginning to forget the original motion and retraining themselves to relax allowing less strain on the muscles causing the wrinkles and crows feet.”

If this is an area you would like to delve into, be mindful that there is “no wrong choice” with either of these two injectables. To make even more sense of the ‘likeness’ and competitiveness of these two brands, in a market test both groups were given blindfolds, and both the groups came out at parity. The only wrong choice you can make is choosing an unskilled professional. Be sure to select one with experience and product knowledge, which is so vital to achieve positive results.


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Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin.

—Gwyneth Paltrow