Even though BOTOX is a household name and the most popular cosmetic treatment worldwide, does that mean it’s better at minimizing wrinkles and lines than competitors such as Dysport? What is the difference between BOTOX and Dysport, and how do you know if you’d be better off choosing one or the other?
These are questions that are often asked in online forums and the type that we answer almost daily at our dermatology practice. In fact, BOTOX and Dysport share more similarities than differences, and both can safely and effectively reduce signs of aging.
How Are BOTOX and Dysport Similar?
Both BOTOX and Dysport are made with a purified neurotoxin and work by interfering with the nerve signals that prompt small facial muscles to change expressions. Temporarily immobilizing the muscles smooths wrinkles such as crow’s feet, worry lines between your eyebrows, and forehead wrinkles. The FDA approves both products for treating these “dynamic” wrinkles, which are different than the “static” wrinkles targeted by dermal fillers.
Your treatment experience with either BOTOX or Dysport is the same, too. The injections take only about 10 minutes, and discomfort is limited to a pinching sensation during the brief injections. We can numb the treatment area with a topical anesthetic or cold pack if you prefer. Some temporary tenderness may follow the treatment but typically doesn’t last very long. Other side effects you may experience with either BOTOX or Dysport include temporary redness, swelling, and bruising.
How Are BOTOX and Dysport Different?
A few differences distinguish BOTOX from Dysport. Even though one product doesn’t necessarily cost any more than the other, it typically requires more Dysport to produce the desired results than BOTOX. Why doesn’t it cost more? Because the dosing for the 2 products is different, and the pricing reflects those differences. One unit of BOTOX, for example, is equal to about 2 to 3 units of Dysport. The per unit cost of Dysport, though, is usually less than the cost of a unit of BOTOX.
Another difference stems from the fact that the products are not formulated identically. Dysport tends to spread a bit more after it’s injected compared to BOTOX, which can be beneficial for larger treatment areas. BOTOX, however, is more precise, making it a better option for smaller lines such as crow’s feet. Most patients also see the results of Dysport a few days sooner than with BOTOX injections, but the results last about the same amount of time (3 to 4 months).
Which One Is Right for You?
This question is best answered after discussing your concerns and aesthetic goals with one of our board-certified dermatologists. They can recommend the treatment they believe will produce the results you want. You should also remember that you can always switch products if you’re not satisfied with the results. You can also read more about the best age for starting BOTOX treatments in a previous blog post.
If you’re new to injectable treatments such as BOTOX or you want to see if Dysport might work better for you, request a consultation using the online form to meet with one of our providers at Dallas Center for Dermatology and Aesthetics or call us at (214) 631-7546 to schedule an appointment.