What is the Difference Between Botox and Dysport?

Let’s face it. Growing old gracefully is a sweet idea, but no one likes the sight of wrinkles appearing between their brows, around the eyes, or anywhere else. Fortunately, there are a number of treatment options available for minimizing the appearance of all different kinds of wrinkles. Botox and Dysport are two popular cosmetic injectables that work beautifully to erase crow’s feet, forehead lines, and the glabellar lines between the eyebrows. Unlike dermal fillers, which add volume to wrinkles and sagging skin, Botox and Dysport work by blocking nerve signals to the muscles that cause the wrinkles. Many practitioners use the two formulas interchangeably, but the two formulas do have some key differences. The best way to determine which is best for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mani. In the meantime, however, read on for some general information about the differences between Botox and Dysport. 

Botox vs. Dysport: What are the differences? 

Both Dysport and Botox are made from the same active ingredient—botulinum toxin—and both are used to treat the same cosmetic conditions. They work by relaxing the muscles responsible for creating dynamic wrinkles. This is important because it means they’re only effective on the wrinkles created by facial expressions, not the wrinkles that are present when the face is at rest. (That’s what dermal fillers are for!) 

Botox and Dysport have a lot in common, but in some cases, one may be more appropriate than the other. Here’s why:

  • Molecule size

One of the main differences between Botox and Dysport formulas is that they have different molecular weights.  Dysport uses smaller protein molecules and has a bit more variability in molecular weight.  Botox, on the other hand, uses larger protein molecules that remain consistent in size throughout the formula. This difference makes Dysport more diffusive, meaning it spreads a bit more, making it especially effective in larger treatment areas. The Botox concentration does not spread as much, so it works especially well when targeting small, specific areas. 

  • Formula concentration

The larger protein molecules in Botox result in a more concentrated formula, which means fewer units are needed per injection. The Dysport formula is more diluted and therefore requires more units per injection to achieve the same results. Although this may seem to give Botox the edge, in cases where only a small amount is needed, or where a more natural appearance is desirable, Dysport can have the advantage. 

  • Depth of injection

The higher diffusion rate of Dysport means it needs to be injected at a deeper level than Botox. This allows it to encompass a wider treatment area and deeper wrinkles. Botox can also treat deep wrinkles, but when it comes to shallow, specific wrinkles, Botox usually has the advantage.  

  • Cost per unit

Dysport is cheaper than Botox—per unit. When you look at the number of units required for a full treatment, however, you’ll find the total cost of the two injectables to be roughly the same. It takes three units of Dysport to achieve the same results of one unit of Botox. 

  • Onset time

Dysport has a slightly quicker onset time than Botox. Most people begin to see the results of their Dysport treatment within 2 to 3 days, and full results take 2 to 3 weeks.  Botox results typically begin to appear within five to seven to days, with full effects taking as long a month to settle.  

Duration of results

Both Botox and Dysport work to minimize wrinkles only temporarily, so they need to be touched up regularly to maintain results. Clinical studies have shown that Dysport lasts up to four months, and Botox lasts up to six. And while it may be generally true that Botox lasts longer than Dysport, it is not true for every individual. Some people find that Dysport lasts longer, and others find no difference between the two.   

Whichever formula you choose, where you go for treatment makes all the difference. 

Botox and Dysport are both highly effective in reducing the appearance of wrinkles. But the beauty of your results depends on the quality and freshness of the products, as well as the skill and experience of your practitioner. While a cosmetic injectable may seem like a simple enough procedure, it takes a thorough understanding of facial anatomy and high levels of artistry and precision to achieve gorgeous, natural-looking results.  At San Diego Cosmetic Laser Clinic, you get the best of everything in the hands of Dr. Parvin Mani. For more information on our services and procedures, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mani, give us a call at 619-583-7555 today. 


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