What Are the Differences Between Botox and Dysport?

 What Are the Differences Between Botox and Dysport?

Dynamic wrinkles are a fact of life, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything to help delay and reduce their appearance. Two products, Botox and Dysport offer similar wrinkle-fighting results, but they do have their differences. Read on and learn a bit more about which may be right for you.

Common Ground

Botox and Dysport are both injectable cosmetic products that are FDA approved for treating facial wrinkles. They are both created with proteins derived from the botulinum clostridium toxin, which in its raw form is a neurotoxin. Don’t let that scare you! The product contains trace amounts of toxins, so they’re safe while also being able to deliver big results. Both treatments are able to reduce the appearance of glabellar wrinkles, which are the lines that form between the brows above the nose.

The approach is the same for Botox and Dysport treatment. First, the injection area may be numbed with topical anesthetics if you’re worried about pain. Since these are injections, some discomfort is to be expected. Next, the solution is injected in a few areas atop the muscles that are causing the wrinkles. And, that’s it! You can go back about your business immediately after treatment with either product, and the side effects are minimal when administered in a controlled setting by a qualified dermatologist. With that said, you may notice some pain in the injection site, bruising, swelling, redness, or headaches. These don’t last long and are not severe. In incredibly rare instances, botulinum toxicity can occur. Your doctor will tell you what signs to monitor for, including droopy eyelids, difficulty swallowing, muscle spasms, and breathing difficulties. While very rare, botulinum toxicity can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention.

The results of Botox and Dysport treatments are similar as well. You’ll see the reduction of wrinkles several days after either treatment. Things will only improve as time goes on, but the results of either treatment are not permanent. Both products can be administered after results begin to fade from the previous treatment, and your skin generally looks even better with each subsequent treatment.

Key Differences

With all this said, there still are differences, if a bit subtle, between the two products. One key difference is what each can treat. Dysport is only approved to treat glabellar lines, those brow lines that occur in the center of the face. Botox, on the other hand, is approved to treat glabellar lines as well as crow’s feet and frown lines. Botox is a more versatile of treatment as a result, which means it’s generally more expensive and may take a little longer to perform in the office, depending on how many problem areas are being treated.

While both products produce results within a few days to a week, Botox generally takes a bit longer to become visible. Dysport is a better last-minute treatment, if you’re coming up close to an event you want to look your best for, it may be the way to go. Botox’s results last longer than Dysport however, with Botox reducing the appearance of wrinkles for 4 to 6 months, and Dysport working for about 3 or 4.


Botox and Dysport are both incredibly powerful injectables that can drastically improve the appearance of dynamic wrinkles. Interested in learning more about what sets these products apart, or just want to schedule your first session? Give the experts at Northeast Dermatology Associates a call today.

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