You could probably rank it among the great questions people have argued about for decades.
The questions? Which is better, Coke or Pepsi? Ford or Chevy? Basketball or football? Hot dogs or hamburgers?
Now, at least for those who are interested in injectable wrinkle removers, the question has become: Is Botox or Dysport better?
A recent test – albeit one funded by the makers of Dysport – found that Dysport, (in the opinion of people who tried both) leads by 33 percent.
Both Botox and Dysport are used for:
- Removing “crow’s feet” near the eyes
- Eliminating forehead wrinkles
- Reducing so-called, “Smoker’s lines” around a normally aging mouth
- Smoothing the area on the forehead between the eyes
Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, and the Mass Clinic, also in the city by the bay, injected Botox into the crows’ feet of 90 volunteers…but, in one side only. Then, they injected Dysport into the crows’ feet area on the other side of the same face.
They then waited for a month to let the wrinkle removers settle. Both researchers and test subjects noticed not much apparent difference when the patients’ faces were at rest.
But when the subjects scrunched up their expressions by contracting their facial muscles, there was apparently a large difference.
Sixty-six percent of the subjects pointed to the Dysport side as being smoother under facial contraction. But only 33 percent pointed to the Botox side.
The cosmetic plastic surgeons involved in the tests exercised a few facial muscles of their own while scratching their heads over why Dysport seems to have produced better results. They aren’t sure and think yet another test would be required to nail it down, but one difference may be in the types of proteins found in both wrinkle removers.
Despite the study, Botox in Beverly Hills and elsewhere has literally become a household name, with the latest statistics about plastic surgery procedures recording a 12 percent increase during 2010, the most recent year for which cosmetic surgery statistics exist. A total of 5,379,360 patients had a wrinkle remover in ’10.
(However, the bean counters also included Dysport patients in that number.)
The study appeared in the current issue of Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, a professional article for cosmetic plastic surgeons who specialize in treating the head and neck.
(Read more about the Botox and Dysport study.
Or, look at some Beverly Hills before and after cosmetic surgery pictures.)
Oh, one more thing before we forget: Basketball is better!