Botox VS Dysport; which one is better?

botox vs dysport

Botox VS Dysport; which one is better?

Medically Reviewed by Mohsen Talani, MD on November 27, 2023 | Written by CBAM Author

botox vs dysport

One of the most popular treatments for reducing the facial wrinkles in are neurotoxins. These products temporarily rejuvenate the face of patients by paralyzing the muscles that have created wrinkles. Neurotoxins are the best option for those who are looking for fast, comfortable, painless and safe treatment for their facial wrinkles. Fortunately, several companies produce neurotoxins related to aesthetic medicine, and each of these products, while the mechanism of effect and the way they work in the patient’s body, are the same, but they differ from each other in details.

As experts of aesthetic medicine, you must be familiar with these products, know the characteristics of each one, and choose the best product according to your patient and type of treatment that you are going to perform.

What are neurotoxins?

Neurotoxins are a type of neuromodulators that block the nerve signals to the muscles and can be used against the muscles of the face to reduce the wrinkles and rejuvenate the skin. By blocking the signals from nerves to the muscle the muscle cannot contract as much as before this will reduce the wrinkles and make the skin smooth.

Neurotoxin injections are quick and can be done in minutes with minimal side effects and down time. There are few mild and temporary side effects that you should talk with your patient about them before starting your treatment.

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What is Botox?

Botox, also known as botulinum toxin type A, is probably the most known type of neurotoxin. Botox is a neuromodulator that is produced from the clostridium botulinum, if used in a controlled way and amount it can reduce or even remove wrinkles and fine lines of the face. Botox was the first FDA-approved Botulinum Type A neuromodulator, coming onto the market in 1989. It has been used for aesthetic purposes since 2002 and has become increasingly popular due to its ability to provide long-term results without significant downtime or side effects. One of the main advantages of the Botox is that it affects small areas so it is ideal for treating crow’s feet or frown lines.

Botox can also be used for non-cosmetic treatments such as treating hyperhidrosis which is excessive sweating and even treating migraine headaches.

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What is Dysport?

Dysport is a botulinum toxin type A like Botox created by Galderma. It works exactly like Botox, reduces the wrinkles by relaxing the facial muscles. One of the major characteristics of Dysport is its great success in targeting the glabellar lines that can form in the forehead area. These are the lines between your eyebrows that extend vertically, upward and or towards the forehead, which are noticeable when someone frowns.

Dysport is more diluted and contains less protein than Botox as a result tends to move more and affect a wider area than Botox does, which makes it ideal for larger areas such as the forehead and glabella. However, it may not be safe for areas close to the eyes because of its tendency to spread further than other injectables. It is meant for use in patients with moderate to severe glabella lines rather than mild wrinkles.

What are the differences between Botox and Dysport?

As we said above, both Botox and Dysport are safe and effective anti-aging treatments that are very similar in many ways but also have a few important differences.

Botox vs Dysport Treatment Candidates

Botox and Dysport are both treat forehead wrinkles but Botox has many other indications too. Botox can be used to treating crow’s feet, laugh lines, and other types of wrinkles on the face or forehead due to aging, whereas Dysport is only approved for glabellar lines.

Botox vs Dysport Price

The price of treatment depends on many factors but generally speaking, the Botox cost about 3 times more than Dysport per unit but in the other hand, Dysport is more diluted and requires more units to reach the same effect of Botox. There is a general rule that says 1 unit of Botox is equivalent to 3 units of Dysport.

Botox vs Dysport time to see the results

It takes five days for you to see the results of Botox injection, the effects of Dysport are typically seen within two to three days. But it is important to know it may take up to 14 days for complete results for both options.

Botox vs Dysport Duration

Duration of results for both Botox and Dysport is 4 months. But you should keep in mind that different patients and different bodies react to the treatments differently. Some patients may get better and longer results with Botox and some with Dysport.


FAQ about Botox and Dysport

Is there a difference between Botox and Dysport procedure?

The procedure of injecting is the same in both of them but remember, as we said above: Dysport is more diluted and requires more units to reach the same effect of Botox. There is a general rule that says 1 unit of Botox is equivalent to 3 units of Dysport. So, keep this difference in mind while you are injecting them.

How is the care after Botox different from the care after Dysport?

There are no differences in Botox and Dysport aftercare. The most important precautions in the first 2 days of Botox are:

  • Avoid heavy activity: To avoid skin irritation, avoid heavy activities and sports in the first 2 days.
  • How to take a bath: It is recommended to avoid it in the first 2 days. After this period, avoid exposure to hot water and steam.
  • Avoiding entering the swimming pool and sauna: in the first 2 days, any pressure and sweating in the desired area can cause adverse results.
  • How to wash the face: It is better to avoid it in the first 24 hours.

Can we combine Botox and Dysport with other treatment methods?

We always encourage our students to use combination therapy. If you want to get the best results with your treatments always consider combination therapy. A combination of neurotoxin and fillers can improve the final result a lot. Also, there some cases that a single therapy will be more than enough. You should try to choose the best treatment plan for each patient individually.