Dysport vs. Botox: What is the difference?

Dysport® and Botox® Cosmetic are injectable treatments that reduce expression lines and wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing the underlying facial muscles. They are both derived from the same active ingredient and offer similar effects on the face. While these products are alike in many ways, preference can play a significant role when choosing a neuromodulator. Some of the main differences between Dysport and Botox can include onset, dosage, and approved use. 

Similarities between Botox and Dysport

Dysport and Botox are similar in that they are both neuromodulators or wrinkle relaxers, which temporarily reduce muscle activity. The injectable treatments treat dynamic wrinkles due to repetitive facial movements like laughing and frowning. Dysport and Botox are derived from an active ingredient that blocks neurotransmitters responsible for muscle contractions.

By reducing muscle contractions, the treatment also diminishes the appearance of wrinkles and expression lines. Both are minimally-invasive treatments, injected directly into the skin, and have a similar duration of effect. However, some patients notice results slightly faster with Dysport.

If you want to treat expression lines and wrinkles, you may have an alternative to Dysport and Botox with Daxxify®, a new injectable treatment developed to target fine lines and wrinkles. Daxxify is specially formulated to deliver the same degree of wrinkle reduction, but with longer-lasting results. Daxxify improvements can last up to six months or even longer, making it an excellent option for those looking for long-term results without frequent follow-up appointments. Daxxify is also an FDA-approved treatment, ensuring that it is safe for use in both medical and aesthetic settings.

The difference between Botox and Dysport

Although Dysport and Botox are similar injectable treatments, there are some potential differences. Some patients see Dysport results in as little as two days, whereas Botox can take up to two weeks to take full effect. Additionally, a larger amount of Dysport may be required to create the same effects as a single unit of Botox. As a general rule, one unit of Botox is the equivalent of around three units of Dysport. Dysport also tends to cost less per unit, balancing out the overall cost of the two treatments overall.

Is Dysport better than Botox or vice versa?

Dysport is not better or worse than Botox, but the unique properties of each neuromodulator make personalized treatment plans more effective. With their unique properties, these injectables can be used to customize your treatment to your precise needs and goals. The neuromodulators can also be combined with other treatments, such as dermal fillers and laser resurfacing, to create a comprehensive anti-aging treatment plan. 

Which one is right for me?

The decision of which neuromodulator is best for you can be determined by your aesthetic goals. An expert injector can carefully assess your face and beauty goals and recommend a particular neuromodulator best suited for your needs. The choice of injector is critical to ensuring a positive outcome, no matter which neuromodulator you use.

Carolina Facial Plastics is led by myself, Dr. Jonathan Kulbersh, and a team of aesthetic specialists. Together we can create a custom treatment plan to meet all your beauty goals in a state-of-the-art facility. Heather Bryant, MPAS, PA-C, Amanda Piligian, PA-C, and Courtney Whitley, FNP-C, all use advanced techniques and remain up to date on the latest injection technique to ensure our patients receive the highest level of care and superior results. Contact us at our Charlotte office to schedule a consultation and learn more about Dysport vs. Botox.

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