Botox has become a common, well-known treatment since it’s FDA approval in 2002 to temporarily improve the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows. Millions of people are treated with Botox each year. However, in 2009 another treatment entered the market stating the same results as Botox. Enter: Dysport!
Dysport had been used for a well over a decade in Europe, but Allergan, the manufacturers of Botox, had a U.S. Market exclusive from 2002-2009. In 2009, Medicis was able to present Dysport to the U.S. Dysport is now owned by Galderma (If you’ve heard of the filler Restylane, Galderma makes this as well!)
So, what are the major differences between Botox and Dysport? Many people who get Dysport report seeing improvement in just 2-3 days after treatment versus 7-10 days with Botox. Another difference between the two comes from the formula. Because there are some structural and formula difference between the two, if you’re used to getting a certain number of units with your Botox treatments, that number will likely increase when switching to Dysport.
Some people who have not responded to Botox say that Dysport works well for them. The opposite is also true. For those who find that Dysport isn’t a good fit for them, Botox may work well.
Allergan also has a rewards program for Botox users called Brilliant Distinctions that rewards users with points that convert to discounts for staying loyal to the brand. If you’re thinking of trying Dysport, don’t worry, Galderma has their own rewards program for Dysport users called Aspire! Rewards are available regardless of which treatment you decide is best for you!