Botox VS Dysport: What’s the Difference?

Are you considering treatment for frown lines but not sure if you should choose Botox or Dysport?  Both products are FDA cleared for the treatment of moderate to severe frown lines and contain the same active ingredient.   But how are they different?

Botox vs Dysport: What’s The Difference

Botox and Dysport are both brands of botulinum toxin type A and are mainly used to reduce the appearance of dynamic wrinkles.  Dynamic wrinkles develop as a result of facial expressions such as smiling, frowning, and squinting.   Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) was approved for cosmetic use in 2002, and Dysport (abobotulinumtoxinA) was approved in 2009.

Botox and Dysport are injectable neurotoxins that work by temporarily blocking the nerve signals that cause muscles to contract.  This process relaxes the muscles and softens the appearance of dynamic wrinkles. 

How Are They Different?

Although Botox and Dysport contain the same active ingredient, there are some small differences between them. 

There is a difference in the formulations for Botox and Dysport, so the unit sizes are not the same.  This variation affects the dosage required, so more units of Dysport will be needed per treatment area to achieve the same results as Botox. 

Some people have experienced a quicker onset of action with Dysport, noticing results within 2-3 days, whereas it typically takes 4-7 days to see results with Botox.

Also, when Dysport is injected it may spread over a greater area than Botox. 

Botox vs Dysport – Which Is The Right Option For You?

When it comes to deciding the right option for you, it usually depends on personal preference.  The most important thing is to ensure that you consult with an experienced injector who understands facial anatomy.  

An expert injector will provide safe, natural-looking results, and customize a suitable facial rejuvenation plan for you.

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