1000 units (2) 500 unit vials of Dysport for $1.50 per unit plus shipping (less than half the cost of Botox).
Experts Say New Anti-aging Drug Is Cheaper And Lasts Longer
For almost a decade Botox has stood alone when it comes to smoothing out wrinkles without going under the knife. But now there is a new rival about to hit town called Dysport.
"It's a similar medication," said Dr. Etai Funk, a Facial Plastic Surgeon with St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital. Dysport not only acts like Botox, it's also made from the same toxin - Botulinum.
Both are injected and both temporarily relax the muscles in the face. But that where the similarities end. "It's a little different than Botox in that is doesn't have neutralizing antibodies.
Frequently, Botox patients will develop antibodies to this medication, to Botox where they will need higher doses," said Dr. Funk. The same doesn't happen with Dysport according to clinical studies performed on patients.
Although the new medication offers fewer injections, doctors warn Botox has been around longer and its effects are well documented.
Also, not everybody can use Dysport. "In patients that are allergic to cow's milk protein they can't have Dysport, but they can have Botox," he said.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Dysport in May. Industry experts say there is already a foreseeable side effect for consumers. "It will be a little more cost effective than Botox.
We may see a price war between Botox and Dysport; given that they are coming out with a lower price," said Dr. Funk. The price of beauty is about to get a little cheaper. Dysport hits doctor's offices in late June or early July.
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