Botox Vs Dysport: Age-Defying Skin Care

We all know that one person who never seems to age. Look at celebrities like Jenny McCarthy (44) and David Hasselhoff (64). These guys look absolutely amazing and looking at them you would never correctly guess their true age. Of course, there are always rumors about the products and cosmetic treatments they use.

Non-surgical esthetic treatments are popular and both Botox Vs Dysport have been touted as the top contenders for the most natural-looking results. They make you look younger, happier, and more attractive. But what are these two treatments types? What do they do and what’s the difference between them?


Both Botox Vs Dysport (formerly Reloxin) have the same active ingredient. They are both botulinum type A injectables that work by relaxing the facial muscles responsible for causing frown lines and wrinkles. They have a high safety profile and are FDA-approved. They have both been in the market for at least 15 years, though Dysport only came into the US market in 2009.

They both can be used on the face and other parts of the body. They share similar side effects and same efficacy in creating that amazing youthful look. In fact, in scientific double-blind clinical studies, most patients and doctors are unable to tell the difference from looking at the results.


Botox is made by Allergan Plc. while Dysport is marketed by Medicis Pharmaceutical.  They use different measuring units since Dysport has smaller-sized molecules. Dysport is usually cheaper too, but that depends on the amount required and which specialist serves you. Botox is typically supplied in single-use vials each containing 50 or 100 ONA units. Dysport is supplied in 300 or 500 ABO units per vial designed for single-use. The most talked of differences is that Dysport diffuses more than Botox, and this influences which part of the face/body it’s used on.   

How Do Botox Vs Dysport Work?

As we age, our facial skin becomes thinner though our facial muscles don’t really change. Thus, any muscle movement results in wrinkles and creases which get deeper and more over time. The botulinum toxins present in Botox and Dysport work by blocking nerve action to relax these facial muscles and minimize movement of the skin. Since the skin regenerates naturally throughout our lifetimes, when the muscles stop contracting more collagen is produced to fill out the skin, thus eliminating wrinkles and creases.


Dysport results are visible quicker, 2-5 days compared to Botox 4-7 days though Botox has shown a longer duration of efficacy. Both treatments will need to be repeated after about 3-6 months depending on the individual, area treated, and the amount of dosage. Repeated treatments mean the muscles stay inactive longer. And when the muscles are not used as much as before, the wrinkles take longer to reappear. Both injections work the same way and provide similar results. Nevertheless, Botox shows a lower neurotoxin exposure, thus risking a loss of result due to a potentially lower antibody development.

Side Effects

Clinical studies show that both Botox Vs Dysport have a high safety profile. They are both well tolerated and show no significant difference in pain and length of recovery times. Ultimately, your choice of specialist influences your results. Poor results are usually due to delivery mistakes rather than the product. Some report side effects include swelling, redness, an unnatural look (plastic face), soreness, droopiness, and some itchiness. The plastic face or frozen face effects is usually a result of overmedication. So, to avoid these and other side effects, it’s best to seek expert specialists who accurately focus on the target areas without affecting the surrounding skin layers.


Both treatments offer rebates and loyalty rewards. These rebates change from time to time. Currently, when you sign up for Dysport you can get a $20 treatment certificate. You also earn points for each treatment visit and for every referral. These points can be redeemed for treatment certificates. For Botox users. Allergan is currently running the Brilliant Distinctions Program where upon signing up you are eligible for discounts, exclusive offers, events, and earning redeemable points.

Botox Vs Dysport: What’s in It for The Consumer?

The choice on whether to use Botox or opt for Dysport comes down to what results an individual expects. Since Dysport is a smaller protein, it’s best suited for smoothing out crow’s feet and other wrinkles around the eyes. Since it doesn’t diffuse as fast, Botox is preferred for smaller target areas, especially when undergoing minor corrections.

Botox is the pioneer in dermal injections and thus, enjoys more public trust, especially here in the US. Since both treatments work the same, choices are mostly a matter of patient and doctor preference.

Whatever your choice, you will still walk out with wrinkle free and more attractive. Consult our expert dermatologists today for more details on which treatment best suits your desired effect.

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