Dysport vs. Botox
A common question from clients who are interested in neuromodulators is: “What is the difference between Dysport® vs. Botox®?” Alternately, there are those who are reluctant to try anything but Botox, which is clearly the more well-known brand, simply because they have never heard of Dysport, or for that matter, Xeomin (for more on Xeomin, click here).
Botox® (onabotulinumtoxin A) and Dysport® (abobotulinumtoxin A) are both forms of botulinum toxin A and effectively have the same action on muscle function. Both are FDA-approved therapeutic muscle-relaxers targeting the facial muscles that cause wrinkles. For the most part, they can be used interchangeably but a free consult can always help you decide which is best for you.
Dysport® has a smaller protein load than Botox®, meaning fewer antibodies (what our bodies use to find and destroy antigens) will form to work against it. The assumption is that Dysport® should last longer than Botox®, and clinical trials indicate that Dysport® has longer lasting results. It is also important to note that for every one unit of Botox® approximately 2.5 units of Dysport® are required to achieve the same results.
*Please note that individual results will vary.
Dysport® diffuses farther than Botox®, and its onset of action is faster. The faster onset of action is noteworthy, usually within a few days as opposed to two weeks.
The diffusion can be a plus or a minus. In larger areas like the forehead (provided the injections are placed high enough above the brows) or even crow’s feet, Dysport® may be more beneficial to address the wrinkles with fewer injections. However, in areas like the glabella or brows, Botox® can often be more precise. In those areas, diffusion may result in eyelid ptosis, or drooping of the eyelids.
The best way to find out is to speak with a professional in order to learn which product your particular features respond to.*