• Darlene Walchuk

Botox vs. Dysport

Updated: Aug 8


Popularity and demand for skin treatments are increasing day by day. Today, numerous treatments are available that helps remove fine lines, wrinkles, etc. and help improve an individual's facial appearance. Two of the most commonly used these treatments are Botox and Dysport.


Both Botox and Dysport are neurotoxins used to remove smile lines, wrinkles, and fine lines in adults. The neurotoxin from which Dysport and Botox are derived is also the same, 'Botulinum Toxin.' Though the two injections are chemically similar and are used for the same purpose, they are quite different from each other in various aspects. Both Botox and Dysport are approved for cosmetic use. They both work by blocking nerve signals to the muscles, but are manufactured differently and their resulting non toxin proteins cause them to have different potencies, and possibly differences in their duration or onset of effect.

All dosages are product specific and are not interchangeable.

In the case of time to onset in Dysport vs Botox, Dysport has the advantage

Once they reach full effect, both Dysport and Botox are equally great at reducing wrinkles, but  studies show Dysort lasts longer than Botox

The main benefit of Dysport is that it can create a more natural appearance.The one difference between the two products is that anyone who has a cows milk protein allergy cannot receive Dysport.


History

Botox treatment is one of the most popular skin treatments. It has been used for almost two decades. The treatment is considered quite safe and highly efficient when taken correctly and by a licensed injector.

In comparison to Botox, Dysport is a newer treatment. This treatment got its FDA approval in 2001.


Dosage

The dosage of both the treatment is not the same. The patient should check the dosage with a certified injector.


Molecular Size

Both the neurotoxins differ in their molecular size as well. Botox formula has a larger number of molecules than Dysport. As a result, Dysport treatment works faster and cover a larger area as compared to Botox formula. This property of Dysport may or may or may not suit the needs of the patient. Hence, when it comes to the treatment, one should consult an experienced and licensed cosmetic injector who understands the importance of placement and dosage of both the procedures.


Onset

As discussed earlier, Dysport gives faster results than Botox. The Botox case's onset time is around 72 hours, whereas, in Dysport, the treatment starts showing results within 24 hours from the injection time.

Bottomline

Botox and Dysport treatments are readily available in the market. Though both these treatments are used to treat age's ill effects, they have their own characteristics. In most cases, the cosmetic surgeon takes the decision related to which treatment to be used. Some experienced injectors even use both the procedures simultaneously to get the desired result. Hence, if you are looking forward to getting rid of those wrinkles and fine lines, consult an experienced cosmetic surgeon.


Botox vs. Dysport study (2007)

Botox & Dysport Efficacy Study (2013)

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