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Learn more about what Botox can do

Botox Treatment
Botox, manufactured by Allergan, Inc., was the first FDA-approved botulinum toxin type A (BTA) product available in the U.S. Since the introduction of Botox in the late 1980s, there is one other FDA-approved BTA trade-name product we offer: Dysport, made by Ipsen Pharmaceuticals in England. They each contain the same identical active component of BTA produced by the clostridium botulinum bacterium that is contained in Botox. In fact, none of these companies make BTA – instead, they each have their own patented way of extracting it from the bacteria.

How It Works

BTA works by inhibiting the release of acetylcholine from nerve endings. This absence of acetylcholine causes a loss of function of the muscle or gland that was connected to the nerve. The inhibition lasts a variable period of time (typically several months). Exactly how long the effect of BTA lasts in a given person is dependent upon the potency of the toxin in a given vial or lot, the individual person’s physiology, the placement of the product, the number of “units” used at the injection site, and factors not yet understood.

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Choosing a BTA Product

There are several different BTA products and which particular one is selected for use in a given client/patient is determined by client choice. This decision is influenced by incentives that may be offered by the individual companies, baseline price, and emotional factors. Medically, there is no known reason to expect any one BTA product would perform any better than the others.

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