American Health & Beauty August 17, 2009 – BOTOX vs. Dysport: Who Will Reign the Wrinkle Kingdom?

Dysport and BOTOX are both effective wrinkle treatments. Is one really better than the other?

Dysport from Ipsen is a botulinum toxin, similar to Allergan’s Botox, that just gained FDA approval for use in America in April of this year. It is the first toxin approved in the US to offer competition for the well-established Botox prompting many questions about their differences in effectiveness and price.

How does Dysport work?

Dysport is a botulinum toxin which works by binding to the nerve endings and blocking the release of acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter that sends signals back and forth to the brain to contract the muscles. Dysport has non-cosmetic uses as well in those with cervical dystonia, a condition in which the muscles of the neck contract involuntarily and can result in a great deal of pain for the sufferers.

In the cosmetic use of Dysport, it is injected into the facial muscles that, when contracted, cause the glabellar lines – the frown lines between the eyebrows. When injected, the muscles relax thereby reducing the appearance of wrinkles.