Botox Vs. Dysport – Which One Suits Your Wrinkles?

Deep lines, grooves, folds, ridges, creases, all the previously mentioned terminologies describe wrinkles.

And most people do not welcome wrinkles and do not like spending too much money on the available options and don’t get the desired results.

This is mainly due to the less information they have about the current options advantages and disadvantages.

As Bauvard said, “Injuries heal but wrinkles are the scars of time!”

Wrinkles are part of natural aging; as we age and get old, our skin starts to lose collagen, become less elastic, become drier, and become much thinner.

Based on studies, it has been found that repetitive facial expressions also contribute to the formation of wrinkles and face lines…other environmental factors, bad habits may also contribute such as;

  1. Environmental dryness and harmful sun’s radiation
  2. Collagen formation disorder or hormonal disorder
  3. Smoking, alcohol, inappropriate diet especially the lack of proteins and fats
  4. Repetitive sleeping posture that leads to sleep lines
  5. Loss of teeth

Botox BEfore and after

Wrinkles are obvious particularly across the forehead, around the mouth (Marionette lines), around eyes (Crow’s feet), around eyebrows (Frown lines), and on the neck and upper hands.

However, wrinkles are now not considered as a BIG matter as before and can be handled easily due to the massive platforms that provide many treatment procedures that can professionally deal with your wrinkles.

The available options range from dermal fillers such as Juvederm, Sculptra, Restylane, and the invasive techniques such as the plastic surgery procedure that is characteristic of their long-lasting effect.

Your role is to choose the procedure that suits your skin type, color, and condition; in addition, you should choose a procedure that is long lasting with minimal side effects.

One of the frequently asked questions is which is better and provide excellent result Dysport or Botox?

We are here now to provide you full guide regarding this point…keep scrolling.

The well-known Botulinum toxin injections of Botox and Dysport that help to reduce the muscle movement thus, diminish the wrinkles and face lines. Botulinum toxin injections are also known as “Neurotoxins” or “Neuromuscular agents”.

Based on reports, “Botulinum toxin, a purified protein derived from the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum, has been researched for more than 100 years. Ever since the bacterium was identified in 1895, researchers have been intrigued by its potential therapeutic uses.”

Which one introduced to the cosmetic platforms first; Botox or Dysport?

botox vs dysport

Botox is a well-known treatment that has been used for many years in the U.S for the cosmetic purpose; in 2002, the U.S Food and Drug Administration approved Botox for the treatment of glabellar frown lines; accordingly, dermatologists perform millions of Botox procedures each year.

 After few years and since 2009, a competitive product that has the same effect of Botox called Dysport has been introduced and added to the current cosmetic list.

Dysport becomes widely spread on the U.S platforms especially after being approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of glabellar frown lines and cervical dystonia (spastic contractions of neck muscles).

Botox vs. Dysport…Is it truly a matter of preference?

Yes, both Botox and Dysport are similar to each other; many dermatologists confirm that the use of either Botox or Dysport is a matter of preference.

Because both of them are neurotoxins, FDA has approved both, and both are used for the treatment of wrinkles and face lines.

More about the similarities and differences will be discussed below.

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How do Botox and Dysport work?

How does botox work

As simple as possible, as we age our skin becomes much thinner due to many factors.

However, our facial muscles do not change; the thin skin usually folds during the normal muscle movement as result wrinkles and face lines are developed.

Dysport and Botox are working professionally through their Botulinum toxin active ingredient that prevents nerves from sending impulses to the muscle by hindering the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine which is considered as the active substance that travels from the end of the nerve to the muscle fiber.

Therefore, the muscle movement stops and stay relaxed; as a result, the thin skin does not fold anymore! Thus, wrinkles and face lines are no longer developed.

After the injection with either Botox or Dysport;

  1. The skin usually remodel itself and eliminate wrinkles and face line
  2. The result of both are long lasting; the wrinkles usually take time to reappear again
  3. The repeated Botox or Dysport injections are usually forced the muscles to lose its ability to perform its functions


What Will I Feel During The Treatment Procedure?

Your dermatologist may apply a local or topical anesthesia in order to make sure and reduce any kind of discomfort during the procedure if occur, then he/she will inject the Botox or Dysport into the muscles.

How long does the procedure take?

Either you will use Dysport or Botox; the entire procedure will only take only from 15 to 20 minutes.


How about the maintenance treatment?

For ideal results, schedule maintenance treatment should be every 4 to 6 months, this mainly depends on how your skin responds to the treatment.

How much does it cost?

Both Dysport and Botox costs almost the same, however, the following prices are an average as the cost is also dependent on the geographical area, the number of areas you need to perform treatments on, and surely the doctor who performs the treatment procedure:

For Botox treatment, the average cost is $350 to $500 per area.

However, the cost of treatment varies from geographic area to another as follows:

In 2005, the northeastern United States had the highest BOTOX® average cost, at just over $500, while the western states had the lowest average, at under $370. It is important to keep in mind that these statistics may be somewhat misleading, as the cost of BOTOX® injections in Los Angeles will almost certainly be higher than BOTOX® treatment price in say, a rural area of Pennsylvania.”

For Dysport treatment, the average cost is $300 to $400 per area

You may think that Dysport injection’s cost is less than that of Botox injections;

However, you must pay an attention to the Dysport dilution factor! This means that you will need more Dysport injections and this will lead to the same cost or even much more than Botox’s cost.

“Appropriate Botox or Dysport financing plans carried out by cosmetic centers can make treatment easily affordable”


Will Insurance Cover the Cost of Botox Treatment?

Not in all cases, Insurance cover certain cases such as excessive sweating, blepharospasm, and others.

What are the similarities between Botox and Dysport?

As we mentioned before, there are many similarities between Botox and Dysport as follow:

  1. Both of them are approved by the FDA
  2. They have the same mechanism of action
  3. Both of them are chemically and biologically the same
  4. Both of them are formed from Botulinum toxin type A
  5. Both produce the same results that demands reinjection every six months
  6. Both work to eliminate the wrinkles, face lines, frown lines, and marionette lines giving you youthful look

What are the differences between Dysport and Botox?

botox and dysport treatment areas

  • Dysport and Botox are different regarding their formulations

Dysport is diluted than Botox if you are someone who shifted from the usage of Botox to Dysport; you will notice that your dermatologists double the concentration of Botox while using Dysport.

You may think that the more dilution the less efficacy! However, this is wrong…this is only means that a higher quantity of Dysport is used to achieve the same results of Botox.

  • Dysport act faster than Botox!

Generally, the reports show that Dysport much faster than Botox, by numbers

  1. Botox usually takes from three to five days
  2. Dysport usually takes from one to two days

Therefore, dermatologists usually recommend Dysport for those who have early events like weddings.

  • Diffusion of the substance is always matter

The diffusion of Dysport is much higher than that of Botox; therefore, larger affected areas could be treated within few treatment sessions.

Unfortunately, this is considered a disadvantage in case of the small affected areas as dermatologists reported that Dysport would be less effective in this case.

  • Which one stays longer? Which one more painful?

Based on studies, dermatologists noticed that Dysport last longer than Botox, by number

  1. Dysport usually lasts for up to one year
  2. Botox usually lasts for only three months

Regarding the pain level, Dysport considered less painful than Botox.

  • The size matters too

The Dysport formula has small molecules compared to Botox that allows Dysport to perform its role within a short period with an addressing for a larger area.


What are the side effects of both Dysport and Botox?

 Dysport Botox
 Common side effects of both Dysport and Botox could be as follows:

Local numbness, swelling, bruising or a burning sensation during the injection procedure. However, the mentioned side effects could be handled by using the icepack on the injection site before and after the procedure. Moreover, some patients report dizziness, muscle pain, depressed mood, headaches and flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose. Other symptoms may range from dry mouth and feel tired, however, all of them are temporary.


 Other severe side effects may happen and you have to inform your doctor once occur as follows:

  • Vision problems
  • Irregular heartbeats
  • severe skin rash or itching
  • Hoarse voice, drooping eyelids
  • crusting or drainage from your eyes
  • problem with breathing, talking or swallowing
  • Urination problems like urination associated with pain and burning
  • chest pain, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, general ill feeling
  • Severe muscle pain especially in arms and legs or generally in areas that are not injected

Is there any kind of precautions I should consider before using either product?

Based on the U.S Food and Drug Administration, people should consider the following precautions before performing the procedure:

  • Have bleeding issues.
  • Plan to undergo surgery.
  • Have had facial surgery.
  • Have drooping eyelids
  • Have difficulty swallowing.
  • Have breathing problems, such as asthma.
  • Have weakness in your forehead muscles.
  • Have a skin infection or other condition in the injection area.
  • Are taking or have recently taken certain medications, vitamins or supplements
  • Are allergic to any ingredients in Botox/ Dysport or Botox/ Dysport Cosmetic.
  • Have ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease)myasthenia gravisLambert-Eaton syndromeor another disease that affects your muscles or nerves.
  • Are allergic to another botulinum toxin brand (such as Myobloc, Xeomin or Dysport/ Botox) or had any side effect from these products in the past.
  • You should also inform your doctor about all medications you are recently used such as an injected antibiotic gentamicin, streptomycin, paromomycin, neomycin, kanamycin, tobramycin, amikacin, and many other drugs that may interact with Botulinum toxin type A.

How about the research role?

When the two products are introduced to markets, most of the studies were directed to the medical conditions and side effects rather than the cosmetic usage.

It was reported that ever since people used Botox, they were pleased with its results and this was until 2009 when Dysport was approved by FDA.

From this time and most of the research were directed towards the differences between the effect of Botox and Dysport!

For example, Dermatologists studied the effect of both products on crow’s feet and then notice the results; reporting that Dysport more effective than Botox in this case.

Other studies were performed regarding the conversion ratio between Botox and Dysport in clinical practice, the studies almost cover more than one point such as potency, dose equivalence, toxin spread, immunogenicity, and many other considerations and variables; the conclusion was as follows:

There are three BoNT-A containing products on the market: Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin. All three preparations have similar mechanisms of action. The major difference between them relates to potency and the presence or absence of complexing proteins; therefore, the dose equivalence is important in clinical practice.”

Therefore, it is important to choose an experienced dermatologist who is fully aware of all the whole procedure.

About Dr. Saleh

Dr. Saleh is an active author in the beauty & health industry. He is well known for his unprecedented research and advocacy efforts to support safe cosmetic products and healthy way of living.

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