shutterstock_150578984The list of competitors to the game leader, BOTOX Cosmetic, is growing, but are any of the new products actually better? Or are all the new choices just making it more confusing? Many people are choosing Dysport® as a great treatment option.

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What Is Dysport?

Dysport is the leading competitor to Botox right now. The company claims that it lasts longer and starts working sooner, but for the most part, those claims are unsubstantiated and “proven” only by research sponsored by the company itself.

How Long Does Dysport Last?

Long story short, it lasts about the same amount of time as BOTOX (4-6 months).

>How Long until Dysport Starts Working?

Again, long story short, it also takes 3-5 days to start working… just like BOTOX. One difference that is notable though is that people often describe the sensation that occurs when Dysport kicks in as more “harsh” than BOTOX. Some patients says that it “feels uncomfortably numb” or that it “feels like I got slapped in the forehead”. Sensations like this aren’t as common with BOTOX.

How Much Does Dysport Cost?

On first glance, cost seems to be the main advantage of Dysport over BOTOX…but, there’s a catch! You’ll see Dysport advertised at $4-6 per unit which sounds like a winner compared to the $12-20 per unit price of BOTOX. The problem is that the units are totally different for Dysport. Instead of a average dose of 25-40 units for a woman getting BOTOX, a woman getting Dysport can expect to pay for 60-100 units of Dysport. $4-6 per unit sounds too good to be true? Guess what…it is.

What Else Should I Know about Dysport?

The main problem with Dysport is that the area of diffusion (how far it spreads after the injection) is too large. Experienced injectors put the product exactly where it needs to be, but if it diffuses too far, it can affect muscles that weren’t meant to be treated, and that can cause problems like “frozen” looks and eyelid droops. Not good! I see a large number of people in my practice who have had “bad BOTOX” done somewhere else. After I speak with them for a while, 9 times out of 10, the product that they received was Dysport, not BOTOX. Because of this, I’ve chosen not to use Dysport at all. Yes, it is slightly cheaper, but I think you get what you pay for.