Botox vs. Dysport: 4 Biggest Differences


So, you’re looking for an injectable that will treat those pesky lines and wrinkles but don’t know what to choose.

You’ve managed to rule out dermal fillers because you’re looking to target dynamic wrinkles over static wrinkles. Now you’re left with two primary options — Botox and Dysport.

Both injectables work to minimize lines and wrinkles by relaxing the targeted muscles so they’re unable to move. They’re often used as a preventative form of treatment to reduce the formation of dynamic wrinkles such as crow’s feet and frown lines.

While both Botox and Dysport have many similarities, they also have key differences. Continue reading to learn what sets these injectables apart from each other and which may be best for you.

4 Differences Between Botox and Dysport

1. Formulation 

The active ingredient in both Botox and Dysport is botulinum toxin type A. However, Dysport’s active ingredient is derived from a different strain than Botox. This creates several differences in the way the injectables react when received.

2. Reconstitution

Dysport and Botox have different levels of reconstitution in their formulas. Dysport is less concentrated than Botox, which means you need to use more units of Dysport for each treatment area. Because of its lower concentration, Dysport costs less per unit than Botox. 

However, since you require more units of Dysport for a treatment, the overall cost for both injectables ends up being around the same. 

2. Onset of Results

Due to the difference in active ingredients, the onset of results differs between the two injectables. The results from a Dysport injection tend to set in 24-48 hours after being received. Botox on the other hand doesn’t begin to set in until 2-5 days following the injection. Full results won’t be seen until about two weeks after treatment.

3. Treatment Areas 

Botox is known to stay localized within the injection site, taking full control over the targeted muscle. If you’re looking to target a specific muscle group within the face, then Botox may be what you’re looking for.

Dysport differs in the fact that the injection spreads further past the targeted area. If you’re looking to treat a larger surface of the skin, such as the forehead, then Dysport treatment may be a better option for you.

4. Duration of Results

Most commonly, both Botox and Dysport results last around three to four months. However, while Dysport results often take effect sooner due to its quicker diffusion, many argue that Botox results last longer. 

In some cases, the results of Botox injections can last up to six months, while Dysport lasts no more than four months; this is not a huge difference, but it could be an influential factor in deciding which form of injectable to receive.

Whether you’re 65 years of age, looking to minimize pre-existing wrinkles, or 25 and looking to receive preventative injectables, Botox and Dysport are both excellent options.

Here at Pretty Girl Aesthetics in Knoxville, TN, our providers specialize in administering dynamic wrinkle injectables. We want to help you feel the best you can in your skin.

Interested in learning more? Give us a call today to talk with one of our providers.

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