What Are The Differences Between Botox & Dysport?

by Aymee Wilson RN, BSN, Owner & Founder, Wilson Aesthetics

We can fight signs of aging with different kinds of procedures such as Botox and Dysport treatments! 

What is Botox?

In 1989, Botox injection was approved by the FDA for the treatment of blepharospasm and other eye muscle problems. In 2002, the FDA permitted the use of Botox for treating moderate-to-severe frown lines underneath the eyebrows; in 2013 it allowed Botox to treat wrinkles around the corners of the eyes (crows feet).

Research published July 30, 2020 in Scientific Reports discovered that people who received Botox injections — at six different sites, not just in the forehead — reported depression significantly less often than patients undergoing different treatments for the same conditions.

What is Dysport?

Dysport works the same as Botox. It paralyzes certain muscles in the forehead so they can’t move, which prevents wrinkles from forming and softens existing lines. The FDA also approved Dysport to treat moderate-to-severe glabellar lines between the eyebrows.

According to a clinical study conducted by Dysport Real-world Evaluation and Measured satisfaction (DREAM) 2020, patients were highly satisfied with the twice-annual treatment of Dysport. Nearly all patients (95%) reported being highly satisfied or satisfied, and 97% said the treatment appeared natural at 12 months.

Botox and Dysport: How are they alike?

Since 2002, the FDA has approved Botox for cosmetic use. Dysport entered the U.S. market in 2009 but was used in Europe as an alternative to Botox for more than a decade.

1. Safety

Both are considered safe for most patients. A full medical history is discussed prior to treatment.

2. Convenience

Both treatments are extremely convenient, quick and comfortable. All work is done at your doctor’s office.

3. Efficacy

In a study, Dysport was discovered to be over 80% successful in treating temporary wrinkles. Same with Botox treatment; it was found out in a 2016 clinical study that Botox is effective, simple and safe for the reduction of forehead wrinkles.

Botox and Dysport: how they differ?

1. Use

Both Botox and Dysport can be used to treat various types of wrinkles, including crows feet, forehead wrinkles, TMJ pain, dimpled chin and many additional areas. Differences between the two can be found in the results.

2. Results

Effects of Dysport can be seen a couple of days after treatment. Results may last between three to four months, while in Botox treatment, you may see the effects within a week and the result may last up to three months as well.

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