plastic surgery

Has Botox Met Its Match?

Botox’s first competition, Dysport, has been approved and is nearing availability in the U.S. later this summer. Dr. Nina Naidu, Upper East Side board-certified plastic surgeon, offered HOTB her take on this. Sadly, however, she didn’t spill any dirt on her celeb clients.

Will you be using Dysport on your patients?

I am interested in learning more. While Dysport contains a functional ingredient similar to that found in Botox, the dosing requirements will be different, and I suspect that there will be a learning curve with this new medication. The distributing company, Medicis, has reported that Dysport will be available in the next 30-60 days.

Do you think Dysport will be embraced by your peers?

We are all hoping that it offers a viable alternative to Botox so that prices will be more competitive. Medicis has not yet announced a price point, but for those of us who use a significant amount of Botox this will be an important issue.

Considering Bloomberg news service reported that nearly 2.5 million Americans had Botox injections in 2008 for cosmetic reasons, a potentially cheaper version of Botox is big news for many. Celebrities in particular, since they are those who use “a significant amount of Botox” that Dr. Naidu was refering to.

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