Most everyone is familiar with Botox, from celebrities praising it to women denying it, Botox, and its alternative Dysport, have become popular go-tos to eliminate the appearance of stubborn wrinkles. With a new competitor on the loose what are the differences and how do you choose? 
 BOTOX® Cosmetic is an injectable treatment which reduces the activity of the muscles that cause hard to erase wrinkles (frown lines, crows feet, etc). Botox works by reducing the muscle’s movement causing wrinkles to relax and look softened. While designed, over 20 years ago, to reduce appearance of lines between the brows BOTOX is used for many areas today, as well as for multiple purposes (sever underarm sweating, chronic migraines, and eye twitching to name a few.) The procedure is simple and noninvasive- small injections of the product are placed in areas of which the treatment is desired. There is no down time, bruising and minimal pain (nothing an aspirin can’t cure).  You can see results within 3 days of treatment and one treatment will last anywhere from 4-6 months.
Dysport is also an injectable treatment to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It uses the same method of relaxing muscles to soften lines, approved by the FDA in 2009. So what’s the difference? Not much. The main differences are a quicker onset than Botox (usually 1-2 days), and Dysport is more diluted than Botox offering  a larger ‘spreading’ area. So for instance, if you want to eliminate a large area of treatment such as the armpits using Dysport would require fewer injections. This quality can be beneficial for some areas and not for others. Dysport is the first ‘competitor’ for Botox, but it is really more a counterpart.  
When deciding which to choose the answer is really a personal preference, for instance do you prefer Aleeve or Advil for your headache. Our office currently offers both Dysport and Botox and Dr. Germain is more than happy to help you decide which may be the best fit for you, but as you can see the way it works, the results, and the side effects all stay pretty much in line with each other.
It is much more important to have a trained professional administering your treatments than which brand you choose to use. Dr. Germain is a BOTOX Platinum Plus level injector and has become a national and international BOTOX trainer of physicians (administered the same way as Dysport just in different dosing units). Dr. Germain performs all injections. 
Marguerite Germain