The Difference between Botox and Dysport

Botox and Dysport are both botulinum toxins. Both last for the same amount of time. And both cost around the same price. So, can it really be the tiny protein attached to the main ingredient that creates differences in depth, diffusion, and appearance time? 

Neurotoxins, such as Botox and Dysport, block muscle contractions. There are many benefits to using them including evening out facial paralysis, and decreasing sweat. Over the last decade, these tox’s big draw has been in the cosmetic industry because of the benefits they produce on the face. They are used to prevent and cover up wrinkles by softening the muscles that contract and form the lines. As the muscles are softened, they don’t have as much strength to cause the wrinkles on your face thus Botox and Dysport can prevent and hide wrinkles on the face for anyone between the ages of 20-65.  

Botox on its own is used to treat deeper wrinkles on the face. It’s typical site of injection is the crow’s feet around your eyes, forehead wrinkles, and laugh lines around your mouth, from moderate to severe conditions. Botox takes about a week to appear and sits in more concentrated areas. Botox has also been around since 2002.  

Dysport on the other hand is typically used to treat the glabellar lines, aka frown lines that form between your eyebrows, in moderate to severe cases and targets fine lines and wrinkles in the face. Dysport has a higher diffusion rate, meaning that the injection spreads out more over the area creating a more natural look; users report that this helps them feel less tightness. Results from the injection appear 2-3 days after the treatment, causing a major difference in the amount of time you see results between Botox and Dysport. Because they wear off a few months after the injection, this would mean that Dysport creates a longer lasting appearance compared to Botox.  

In a study done by doctors including P. Daniel Ward, MD & MS, they compared the effects of three different tox injections, and found that Dysport was superior. At week 1 and 2 of the clinical trial all the botulinum toxins yielded similar results. By week 4 the Dysport toxin appeared to outperform the other toxins.  

With so many options out there, it can be hard to know which one is the best for you, and even then it depends on the results and areas you are hoping to target! We hope this article was able to provide some insight into what you are looking for. For more information about these services click here, or to figure out pricing on areas contact our wonderful staff. They would be happy to help you!