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Dysport Better Than Botox?

By now you’ve probably heard about the benefits of Botox. But have you heard about the brand Dysport? Continue reading our blog as we discuss a frequently asked question: Is Dysport better than Botox?

Botox is an injectable that relaxes the muscles that cause wrinkles such as frown lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet. Manufactured by Allergan, Botox has been around for over two decades, and has an extremely high patient satisfaction and safety rating.  

Dysport has been on the market for about 7 years now.  It’s FDA approved and is manufactured by Medicis, the maker of Restylane.

Botox and Dysport are different brands of injectables both made from botulinum type A and relax the muscles that cause unwanted lines and furrows on the face. When we attempt to answer the question is Dysport better than Botox, it’s like comparing apples to apples. There’s a difference between a Golden Delicious apple and a Gala apple, but they are still both apples. The essential difference lies in Dysport having a smaller-sized molecule which makes the unit measurement different from Botox.

Dysport Better Than Botox

What Makes Dysport And Botox The Same?

  • Both injectables have a high safety rating which means both can be used on various parts of the face and body. Best known for their cosmetic indications to diminish frown lines; these injectables are FDA approved for a number of medical indications for the primary use of blocking muscle contractions.
  • Both Dysport and Botox should be injected every 3-6 months to remain effective. Dysport may be slightly less expensive in some offices, but it depends on the office and, of course, the total amount of units needed to accomplish your aesthetic goals.
  • Both Botox and Dysport show similar results and side effects, and in most double-blind clinical studies both the patient and the physician were unable to tell the results apart.

What Makes Dysport and Botox Different?

The debate continues as medical aesthetic professionals look for differences between Botox and Dysport, or if there is any difference at all. Here are the key differences:

  • Dysport may not last quite as long as Botox. However, this claim is still being debated and studied.
  • Dysport works more quickly due to its small molecular size.  In only 2 to 5 days you will see results.  Whereas it takes 4 to 7 days to see results with Botox.
  • Dysport spreads to a wider area, creating an advantage in some parts of the face and a disadvantage in others. For a larger area such as the forehead, Dysport is an excellent option.  But for smaller areas such as the 11’s, or the glabella, Botox may be a better option.
  • Generally speaking, clients need more Dysport to get the same result as Botox. However, this claim is also still being debated.

Many thought that a competitor like Dysport would have brought the pricing down for both Botox and Dysport.  But this has not been the case.

Within the next few years we’ll have even more alternatives to Botox and Dysport available. If competition brings better quality and possibly lower prices, we are all for it.  While there is no way to say if Dysport is better than Botox, the quality, safety, and price point of the products are similar.

Is Dysport Better Than Botox?

Ultimately, it is far more important to ask the question “Who is injecting your Botox or Dysport?”, than “Is Dysport better than Botox?”.  At the National Laser Institute, you can trust your skin in our expert hands because we teach medical professionals from around the world the Gold Standard in advanced laser skin resurfacing and injection techniques using the most advanced equipment and injectable techniques in the marketplace.  

We would be happy to provide you with your complimentary consultation to determine which laser and injectable treatments are the right fit for your skin. Reserve your appointment at the National Laser Institute Med Spa by calling 800-851-0969 or by clicking here.  Our medical aesthetic dream team is ready to work together with you to achieve your dream results!  

Louis J. Silberman is the CEO and Co-Founder of National Laser Institute, the pioneer of the medical aesthetics training industry and one of the largest educators in the country.