Dysport Vs Botox: What’s the Difference?

  1. Botox vs Dysport
  • Dysport Vs Botox

You’ve finally decided to treat yourself to a cosmetic procedure. You want one that will reduce the frown lines that are making you look both older and unhappier than you actually are.

But now it’s time for another decision: Dysport or Botox?

At San Diego Cosmetic Laser Clinic, we offer both Dysport and Botox for the treatment of frown lines and wrinkles. And as much as we’d love to give you a definitive answer about which is better, it really does come down to preference.

That said, although both treatments are similar, there are a couple of minor differences between the two. Take a look below at some of the similarities and differences between Dysport and Botox.

What is Botox?

Botox is a drug made from botulinum toxin. It is used to cosmetically remove wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing the muscles that cause them. Botox has been FDA approved in the United States since 2002 for frown lines and since 2013 for crow’s feet lines.

What is Dysport?

Dysport is made from the same botulinum toxin as Botox, and it is used for the same purpose of cosmetically removing wrinkles. Dysport has been approved by the FDA for treatment of frown lines since 2009, as has been used in patient care in the U.K. since 1991.

Two Main Differences Between Dysport And Botox

There are two main differences between Dysport and Botox: the size of the molecules and the depth of the injection.

Both drugs are made from the same active ingredient, but Dysport has fewer proteins that surround the core of botulinum toxin than Botox does. This makes the molecules in Dysport a bit smaller. In fact, you need approximately 3 units of Dysport to equal 1 unit of Botox. It’s important to note this difference, especially when comparing the two.

Also, Dysport injections are administered more deeply than Botox, so they tend to be more slightly widespread, giving Dysport a more comprehensive effect. This difference will either prove an advantage or a disadvantage depending on the area of treatment.

To sum it up, here are the basic similarities and differences between Dysport and Botox:

Similarities Between Dysport And Botox

      • Both are a type of botulinum toxin type A
      • Both are used to relax active muscles in the face that cause visible lines
      • Both help reduce the appearance of frown lines, crows feet, and forehead lines
      • Both wonderfully complement laser resurfacing treatments and other dermal fillers
      • Both treatments are quick and require zero downtime
      • Both offer excellent safety profiles
    • Both must be injected every 3 to 6 months

Differences Between Dysport And Botox

      • Dysport has smaller molecules
      • Botox has larger molecules
      • Dysport has a slightly quicker onset (great for an event, trip, etc)
      • Botox has a slightly slower onset (by a day or two)
      • The smaller Dysport molecules diffuse to a wider area (an advantage or disadvantage depending on area of treatment)
      • The larger Botox molecules have a lower risk of spreading
    • Dysport should not be used by those with allergies to cow’s milk

Your face has 40 muscles, and it is critical that injectables are delivered by a practitioner with specialized knowledge of every muscle’s function to ensure good results.You’ve done the hard part of finally making the decision to treat yourself to a cosmetic procedure.

Come To San Diego Cosmetic Laser Clinic For A Free Consultation!

During your initial consultation Dr. Parvin Mani will help you determine whether Botox or Dysport is the best choice for your unique situation.  She’ll listen carefully to your concerns and use her expertise to help develop a plan of action to address them. Dr. Mani knows firsthand the confidence boost a cosmetic treatment can provide, and she’s got the skill and experience to help make that happen for you, too.