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Botox vs. Dysport: Similarities and Differences

If you are considering an injectable to reduce the effects of aging, you may be surprised to learn that Botox isn’t the only option available. One of the most similar treatments on the market now is Dysport. Learn how these two dermal fillers are similar, how they are different, and how to choose the right one for you.


Botox and Dysport both have the same active ingredient. They both use a type of botulinum A, the purpose of which is to relax the muscles that tense and cause frown lines and other wrinkles. Both Botox and Dysport have to be repeated every 3 to 6 months. Both injectables are commonly used with lidocaine to decrease discomfort of injections. Really, Botox and Dysport are like comparing apples to apples. There are different varieties of apples, but they are all still apples. Botox and Dysport are that similar.


There are a few differences between Botox and Dysport, which might influence your decision to get one or the other. In some offices, Dysport can be less expensive than Botox per injection. However, it can take more Dysport to get the same results as Botox, so the decrease in price per injection may not mean that it is cheaper overall.

Another difference between Botox and Dysport is onset. Dysport has an onset of results of 2 to 5 days, while Botox has an onset of 4 to 7 days. Dysport diffuses more than Botox, meaning that it spreads to other areas of the face – which could be an advantage or a drawback depending on the target area. It is still being debated whether Dysport lasts as long as Botox, and it may also have the disadvantage of needing more units to achieve the same results as Botox.

If you are interested in Botox or Dysport injections, contact us today for a consultation. We can give you more information about these two injectables and help you make the right decision.