What is the difference between Botox And Dysport?

Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) and Dysport (abobotulinumtoxinA) are both compounds of botulinum toxin type A, a neurotoxin produced by the Clostridium botulinum used cosmetically for the reduction and prevention of lines and wrinkles.  Botox was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the cosmetic treatment of wrinkles and frown lines in 2002; Dysport was approved for the same use in 2009.

As cosmetic injectable treatments, Botox and Dysport work similarly: they contain very small doses of botulinum toxin, Dysport spreads a bit farther from the injection point than Botox. This is an advantage, as fewer injections are required in large areas (such as the forehead), with less potential discomfort for the patient. On the other hand, with Dysport it is even more important that the injection is performed by an experienced and skilled professional, able to prevent it from spreading into nearby areas, causing unwanted side effects.

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