Dysport vs. Botox (Similarities and Differences)

How they Compare in Treating Wrinkles, Crows Feet and other Facial Lines


While Botox injections may be the term used to describe the nonsurgical face lift which smooths the look of wrinkles and frown lines, there are actually other products that are used for the same purpose. In this way Botox is to wrinkle treatments as Kleenex is to facial tissue. With that fact in mind, it’s worth taking a look at another wrinkle treatment product, Dysport, which was approved by the FDA for use in the United States just last year.


The Similarities

  • Both Dysport and Botox are botulinum toxin type A proteins that are injected into the facial muscles that cause wrinkles. The toxin paralyzes the muscles which in turn results in fewer frown lines and wrinkles.
  • The resulting cosmetic appearance delivered by both drugs seems to last about the same amount of time.
  • The difference in treatment cost is negligible.
  • Side effects of both treatments are similar and include numbness in the area that is being treated, as well as the possibility of swelling or bruising which can be relieved using an ice pack after treatment.

The Differences

  • Many patients have found that Dysport delivers results up to two days faster than Botox. For people looking for a quick fix before a big event, Dysport appears to come out on top on this point.
  • In 2006, a comparative study between the two products was conducted in Germany and funded by the Center for Laser Surgery in Washington, DC. Both patient feedback and physical observation indicated that Dysport was faster acting and longer lasting than Botox when Dysport was used in a 3:1 ratio to Botox.
  • For patients who have become immune or resistant to Botox after using it repeatedly, Dysport provides an equally effective alternative. However, the makers of Botox point out that the same “immunity” is likely to develop with repeated use of Dysport.
  • Some doctors have seen a difference in how far each product spreads in the body tissue with Dysport spreading over a wider area. This means that larger areas can be treated with fewer needle sticks. On the other hand, for smaller areas like under the eyes, it can be difficult to control the spread of the toxin so that it doesn’t go beyond the area it was intended to treat.
  • While the cost of Dysport is less, more is required for the same effects delivered by Botox.

All things considered, the two wrinkle relaxing treatments are quite similar. In fact, they have often been referred to as twins by professionals in the cosmetic surgery world. Making a decision upon which product to use is best made upon consultation with a qualified health professional.


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