06 Dec 2017
Botox in Bend

Is Botox Really the Best Option?

At a certain age, everyone gets Botox. At least, that’s probably what you’ve heard. Botox has been an international sensation ever since it was approved for cosmetic use in 2002. In fact, the drug was administered more than seven million times in 2016 alone. But before you decide to get the popular injection, read on. Botox may not always be the best option. In fact, Dysport can often be a far better alternative. If you’re interested in getting Botox in Bend, Oregon, here’s what you need to know.

Here’s What You Need to Know About Getting Botox in Bend

Why is Botox so Popular?

Botulinum toxin—commercially known as Botox—is a protein that was found to cause temporary muscle paralysis in the 19th century. Initially used for medical applications, a plastic surgeon in California experimented with using the drug to heal facial abnormalities. For example, in individuals with facial paralysis, he found, he could match the paralysis by temporarily paralyzing the other side of the face as well.

Once it was discovered that Botox could also be used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, several plastic surgeons began experimenting with the drug in earnest. By 2002, Botox was approved by the FDA for cosmetic use, and today, Botox is the most performed minimally invasive cosmetic procedure in the United States. By 2018 it’s estimated that Botox will be a $4 Billion industry.

Is Botox Really the Best Option?

But just because Botox was the first commercially available botulinum toxin product, that doesn’t mean it’s the best. In 2009, Dysport was approved by the FDA for cosmetic use. Using a slightly different chemical variation of the same protein, the newcomer claimed to have a number of benefits over its predecessor including better results with fewer side effects. Since then, numerous studies have backed that up.

Perhaps the most influential study was performed by Dr. Corey Maas in San Francisco. With 90 participants averaging 54 years of age, he used Botox on one side of the face and Dysport on the other. Despite the fact that none of the patients or doctors knew which side received which treatment, the difference was clear. Without facial expression, both sides appeared the same, but while exhibiting facial expression Dysport far outperformed Botox.

Why Dysport is Better than Botox

Though Dysport was found to be more effective at reducing the appearance of crow’s feet than Botox, that is not its only benefit. Using the variation abobotulinumtoxinA (Botox uses the variation onabotulinumtoxinA), Dysport can fight frown lines without resulting in the “overdone” or “frozen” look. This allows patients to achieve a smooth, youthful appearance without losing facial expression. By treating only those areas that need it most, the drug minimizes lines without minimizing your look. Not to mention, the product is also less expensive than Botox.

If you are interested in getting Dysport or Botox in Bend, Oregon, schedule your consultation with Dr. Michael E. Villano. Dr. Villano is a board certified facial plastic surgeon with many years of experience using both products and would be happy to recommend the option that will work best for you.


Dr. Villano is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Bend, Oregon. He provides surgical and non-surgical enhancements including Botox, microblading, fotofacials, facelifts, nose surgery, cheek augmentation and much more. Schedule your consultation today.

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