Dysport vs. Botox

Dysport and Botox are both FDA approved botulinum toxin type A injectable neurotoxin prescriptions available for the temporary improvement of facial fine lines and wrinkles in adults.  It is understood that both products are similar in makeup as well as for their use.  In comparing these two products, the main distinction lies in their formulation; which influences the dosage used, how much the product spreads, and how quickly a patient might see the results.  

Similarities and Differences

Similarities Differences
Pros Cons
  • Injections
  • Same effect
  • Quicker Onset 24 – 48hr
  • Longer lasting (6 Months)
  • ⅓ the cost
  • Covers larger area due to smaller molecule formulation
  • Antibody preventing the product from working efficiently
  • Brand recognition
  • Slower Acting 2 – 4 Days
  • Last 3 months


The development of fine lines and wrinkles is a part of the natural aging process.   Botox and Dysport were developed to temporarily stop the aging process with a neurotoxin formulation that relaxes the facial muscle tissues and prevents them from contracting. To administer, products are injected by your cosmetic dermatologist into a targeted muscle area to block the nerve impulses controlling muscle contraction.  Botox and Dysport provides a quick and temporary fix to those individuals who seek to look attractive with less visible facial creases and lines.

Side Effects

Botox – discomfort or pain at the injection site; headache; and eye problems: double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, and swelling of your eyelids.

Dysport – nose and throat irritation, headache, injection site pain, injection site skin reaction, upper respiratory tract infection, eyelid swelling, eyelid drooping, sinus inflammation, and nausea.


Treatment can be very effective over time by targeting the areas of concern.  After a while, fine lines and wrinkles will reappear as the nerve impulses start to reach the targeted muscle area. Depending on the treatment you choose, the treatment results will last 3 to 6 months.  However, it is recommended that a patient follows the treatment plan provided by your dermatologist to maintain the best positive results.


The cost of treatment of Dysport and Botox is an important deciding factor on which product is best priced. It is believed that Dysport is a clear winner when compared to Botox, as it is priced at one third the cost of Botox.  


All in all, one can put up strong arguments on behalf of both products. But, when it comes to choosing between Dysport and Botox, it should be a choice made by you and your aesthetician or dermatologist. In certain cases, physicians may use both the products simultaneously in a single session. This practice is exercised to ensure that the patient gets the desired outcome from the treatment.

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