Botox is like Kleenex; it is a brand name that is commonly used to refer to the entire class of similar products. Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) and Dysport (abobotulinumtoxinA) are the leading treatments on the market. Both treatments work by a similar mechanism; they block the neurotransmitter that leads to muscle contraction. By relaxing the overactive muscles of the face, deep wrinkles on the face formed by excessive movement can be prevented.
Botox was the first product of its kind of be approved for cosmetic use in the United States; it has been approved by the FDA since 2002. Dysport was more recently approved by the FDA, in 2009, but has been successfully used in Europe since 1991. One difference between Botox and Dysport is that studies have shown different time of onset; Dysport delivers results more quickly and has been approved to last at least four months after each treatment.
The most common areas for both Botox and Dysport treatment are the glabella (the area between the eyebrows), crows feet (the lines coming away from the eyes when you smile or squint), and the forehead (to prevent and treat those deep horizontal lines on the forehead.) It is important to visit an expert Dysport or Botox injector, in order to have the best possible results. Dr. Mohiba Tareen is an expert in cosmetic dermatology, using both Botox and Dysport in her patients. Her goal is to soften deep wrinkles and prevent wrinkles from forming on the face, while still letting her patients’ natural beauty shine through. It is important to Dr. Tareen that her patients have a youthful, but natural, appearance.