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The Difference Between Botox & Dysport

Both Botox and Dysport have multiple uses medically; however, they are most commonly utilized for and known for their non-surgical benefits for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. While both are forms of neurotoxins that block muscle contraction and are derived from the toxin botulinum, there are some key differences between the two.

Dysport is used to fight the appearance of what is known as glabella lines. These lines appear in the area in between the eyebrows. These are those lines that you really notice when you squint or frown but, over time, can become more noticeable even when you are in a state of relaxation. Dysport is only used in candidates who present moderate or severe signs of glabella lines, and our doctor can help determine if it is the correct procedure for you.

Botox is also used to help fight the signs of aging and is FDA approved for treating crow’s feet (lines around the eyes) and forehead lines as well as glabellar lines, whereas Dysport is only approved for the glabellar lines.

Botox and Dysport procedures are the same; both are done right here in our office and require very little recovery time. Although they have a lot of similarities, it is useful to understand the variances between the two to help determine which procedure best fits your individual needs.

Some things to compare and consider include:

  • What they treat – Botox can treat crow’s feet, forehead lines, and glabellar lines; Dysport only treats glabellar lines.
  • Cost – The average cost for a Dysport session will run you around $400; Botox sessions, between $300-$600.
  • Pain levels – Botox treatment doesn’t cause pain but a slight numbness and pain may occur after; Dysport treatments also have no pain with the procedure but you may feel mild discomfort at the injection site following.
  • Treatments needed – Both require an hour-long session with follow-ups as necessary, but some people show the effects wearing off sooner with Botox treatments.
  • Results – Dysport patients will see results typically within a few days and will last up to 4 months at a time; Botox can take 1 week to 1 month to be visible and can last a few months at a time.
  • Who should avoid treatments – Both procedures are not recommended for people taking medication for muscle spasms or who are pregnant. Those who are allergic to dairy should stay clear from Dysport treatments.
  • Recovery time – In both cases, the procedure is done in under 30 minutes with little to no recovery time needed.

Regardless of the type of injection you choose, it is important to ensure you have the right person administering it. And don’t hesitate to ask us about our personal experiences with both Botox and Dysport at the time of your consultation. Together we can discuss the results you are looking for and which procedure may best suit your unique and individual goals.