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Botox Vs. Dysport: Similarities and Differences

Most people have heard of Botox because it has been a preferred treatment for celebrities for years. Botox and Dysport are both treatments that contain a specific type of neurotoxin called A botulinum toxin. They both work by relaxing muscles to promote a desired effect, such as reducing lines and wrinkles caused by repetitive facial expressions. However, Botox and Dysport have several differences.

Differences in Makeup

Botox is made up of a specific type of A botulinum toxin called onabotulinumtoxinA, or ONA, while Dysport is made up of a type of A botulinum toxin called abobotulinumtoxinA, or ABO. Both of these are effective for relaxing facial muscles to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Their manufacturing process is also different, which means that the nontoxin proteins that they contain are different. This difference in makeup means that Dysport has a faster onset and lasts longer than Botox.

Differences in Dosage

It takes more Dysport to get the same results as Botox due to their differences in makeup. It takes about 15 units of Dysport to equal 10 units of Botox. However, the Dysport has a faster onset of results. There are also some differences in duration of results, although this requires more study.

Botox Used for More

While both Dysport and Botox are effective anti-aging treatments, Botox can be used for much more. Botox is approved for treatment of migraines, bladder dysfunction due to some neurological conditions, upper and lower limb spasticity in children, and blepharospasm, a condition of the upper eyelid. Botox can also be used to treat cervical dystonia and spasticity. 

If you are interested in trying Botox or Dysport as part of your treatment regimen, contact us today for more information or to schedule your appointment.