Is Dysport better than Botox?

Nov. 11, 2019 3:05 pm | by Author


This post was updated on 12/06/2022. 


Botox is the original one and has become a generic term, but these two brands work by very similar mechanisms.  When you inject them, they block the signal between the nerves and the muscle, so the power can’t cause wrinkles. So who wins the Botox Vs. Dysport battle?


Botox Vs. Dysport


There’s no denying the B-word, the miraculous treatment for wrinkles and fine lines, has been a talking point of late. Fortunately, botox injections are one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the world, and many celebs are rumored to swear by youth-keeping injections. And this is not just in the media; it is also a talking point within the close circle of friends. Would you? Wouldn’t you? Have you?

Botox; The Origins


Botox is a drug from a toxin produced by the bacterium clostridium botulinum. The same toxin causes a life-threatening type of food poisoning called botulism. However, while it has been described as “the most poisonous substance known,” it all comes down to purity and dose when used safely for cosmetic purposes.   Most Botox injections are accessible with minimal discomfort if administered by a skillful medical professional. Botox smoothes or eliminates fine lines and wrinkles in the following areas:


  • between the eyebrows

  • Chin

  • Jaw

  • Forehead

  • Under eyes

  • Frown lines

  • Eyebrow lift


As well as the above mentioned,  this prescription medicine can also treat overactive sweat glands, also known as axillary hyperhidrosis.

Botox Does Not Erase Lines


Before the procedure, you should know that Botox does not erase lines but relaxes them. This means that deeper lines will become somewhat less deep, and simple lines will nearly disappear.

Botox Perfected With Fillers

It may be necessary for you to have additional procedures, such as the use of dermal filler substances, to plump up the wrinkles that are now relaxed.   Additionally, two or three treatment sessions may be necessary for deeper wrinkles before results become optimal. Results will appear 24 to 48 hours after treatment for moderate to severe frown lines. The results from treatment last up to 4 months.

Dysport; The Origins

Dysport is a reasonably new competitor to Botox in the US but has been used in Europe for several years. There is also another competitor, Xeomin. All of these products are relatively similar.   Dysport® is powerful when injected into the glabella muscles, improving the look of moderate to severe lines between the brows. Untreated muscles usually work so that you can express feelings naturally.   Dysport is popular among both women and men who want to reverse the look of aging. Because Dysport delivers the natural-looking results people want, 97% of users say they’d do it again. Like Botox, results will appear within 24 to 48 hours after treatment for moderate to severe frown lines.

Dysport Vs. Botox?

Overall, Botox and Dysport are very similar. Both are a type of botulinum type A used to relax the muscles that cause frown lines and other overactive muscles of the face, like forehead lines. So ‘Botox vs. Dysport’ is like comparing apples to apples. However, every two apples are different!

The Four Main Differences


1- Dysport Works Faster Than Botox

This is because Dysport has fewer proteins surrounding the molecule, allowing quicker absorption by the body. Clinical studies found that Dysport diffuses more (i.e., spreads to a broader area) during the injection.   This can be beneficial when treating a larger size, such as wide forehead wrinkles, and spots with thinner muscles, such as crow’s feet, since they would require fewer injections due to the spreading.   Fewer injections mean a smaller likelihood of potential discomfort, swelling, or bruising for you. However, there is also an onset of this.   Unless the Physician is an experienced injector with a good understanding of more complex musculature (around the eyes, between the eyebrows), Dysport could spread into unwanted areas causing untoward side effects like blurry vision.


2- Dysport Is Slightly Cheaper

Even though their units are not the same, Dysport can be slightly cheaper when looking for the same results. However, we do not recommend making your decisions based on price.   It would be best if you always got what works better for your skin and decide after talking to your trusted cosmetic doctor.


3- Dysport Units Are Different Than Botox

So you can’t expect us to use the same number of Dysport units we usually use in Botox units. The ratio of Dysport to Botox units is generally 2.5-3:1 (2.5-3 times more Dysport units per Botox unit).


4- It’s About Skills

Ultimately, it is far more critical who injects you than which of these two products you use.


We put together a guide to help you find what botulinum neurotoxin injection works best for you. You can access the guide by clicking here.



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