Botox and Dysport are at the top of the minimally invasive treatment game. These brief, in-office options are FDA-approved for the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles, with an extensive history of safe and effective cosmetic outcomes. They pair beautifully with other injectable treatments like dermal fillers and Kybella.
While these treatments have similar indications and are chemically identical, you should be aware of their differences to become a more informed patient. Here is a brief comparison between the two injectables for guidance on which neuromodulator better suits your needs.
All About Botox
Botox is an excellent treatment for etched lines in the forehead, between the brows, and around the eyes. For your safety and ideal outcomes, you should only receive Botox injections in a medical facility from a board-certified physician with vast facial anatomy and aesthetics training.
Treatments are quick and convenient, and you’ll see your results within a few days.
What Is Dysport?
Dysport (pronounced “DISS-port”) is a neuromodulator like Botox. And like Botox, it works by temporarily paralyzing facial muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles and lines. Dysport is best suited for moderate to severe wrinkles like the frown lines that form between your eyebrows.
Like Botox, the treatment is fast, and results last at least four months.
Botox vs. Dysport: What’s the Difference?
At first glance, there is no difference between Botox and Dysport. Both contain the active ingredient botulinum type A, and they make short work of resolving the appearance of dynamic wrinkles and lines.
However, some critical distinctions will make Mayo Clinic-trained Dr. Cambeiro choose one over the other. The most significant of these is the level of concentration in each injectable. Dysport is more a diluted product than Botox, with an almost 3-to-1 ratio. Based on the treatment site, Dr. Cambeiro may need more products to fill one area than another.
Dysport also differs in its molecular diffusion and behavior. This makeup allows it to spread faster, especially over larger areas, with fewer injections than Botox. The differences come down to how Dr. Cambeiro applies the injectable. He may use both for specific areas:
- Botox works well for finer lines, lip lines, and crow’s feet. It is highly concentrated and slow-moving – perfect for these small areas.
- Dysport works well for larger areas like the forehead and brow lines. It’s fast-acting and spreads evenly.
- Because of the difference in dilution, you can safely use both for a similar price.
Botox and Dysport Candidates
Though there is no “ideal age” for Dysport and Botox, they can provide excellent results for most healthy adults between ages 30 and 65. Other factors for candidature are:
- You should have mild to severe wrinkles that are no longer responding well to topical skin care treatments.
- You are concerned about wrinkles and fine lines around your eyes, forehead, and between your brows.
- You are in good health without any existing skin conditions.
- If you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a known allergy to botulinum type A allergy, you should avoid the treatment.