Both Botox® and Dysport® are neuromodulator injectables designed to reduce the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles. They contain the same ingredients, they’re used in the same areas and they even have similar effect durations. This begs the question, what is the difference between Botox® and Dysport®? We’ll explain the differences below.
Different Treatment Areas
The key difference between Botox® and Dysport® is the treatment areas where they are approved for use. Botox® has been around for many years, and has earned FDA-approval for a variety of treatment applications, even some that extend beyond anti-aging. However, in the case of facial lines and wrinkles, Botox® is specifically approved for the treatment of crow’s feet, frown lines (glabellar lines) and forehead lines. In contrast, Dysport® is only approved for the treatment of frown lines/glabellar lines. Therefore, Botox® is suitable for a wider range of applications. If you are looking for an injectable treatment in areas besides the frown lines, then Dysport® will not be an appropriate solution.
Different Onset and Duration of Results
The next key difference between Botox® and Dysport® treatments is how quickly the results take effect and how long they last. Generally, Botox® can take up to a week to take effect in the face. Some patients may notice results sooner, but it typically takes a week for the full results to become visible. I contrast, Dysport® often takes effect within a few days. Patients can expect to see the full results from treatment within three or four days. After receiving the injections, Botox® is clinically proven to last up to six months, although the exact duration of these results will vary by patient. Conversely, Dysport® is clinically proven to last between three and four months – slightly shorter than Botox®, although these results can also vary by patient.
While Botox® and Dysport® both use the botulinum toxin, their formulas vary slightly. The Dysport® formula is more diluted than the Botox® formula, meaning that patients will require more injections of the Dysport® formula to receive the same amount of the botulinum toxin. This also means that the formulas can react differently. Botox®, for example, tends to stay localized where it is injected. Dysport®, on the other hand, tends to spread out more from the injection site. This can spread out the results of treatment, which may be preferred or unwanted depending on the patient.
Although Dypsort® and Botox® seem like identical treatments, there are significant differences between the two that are important to understand. If you are considering either of these treatments, contact us today to schedule your consultation at Vein & Body Specialists. We have a deep understanding of the unique qualities of each of these treatments and can help you identify the injectable product that is right for you.