Botox and Dysport are both a type of injectable botulinum type A. Despite the different names, they perform in similar ways to temporarily relax the muscles that cause frown lines and other over active muscles of the face, like the forehead lines and crows feet. We like to tell our patients that it’s like comparing apples to apples. They are essentially the same but developed by different companies. Botox is developed by Allergan and Dysport is developed by Galderma.
Botox and Dysport have been in use for years and have a high safety profile. Both can be used on other parts of the face and body, and both Dysport and Botox must be injected every 3-6 months. Both show similar efficacy and side effects, and in most double-blind clinical studies both patient and the doctor were unable to tell the results apart.
Dysport is diluted differently than Botox. Greater dilution does not mean that Dysport is less effective than Botox, it just means that a higher quantity of Dysport is needed to achieve the same level of results. You might often see that some clinics will price Dysport typically lower than the price per unit of Botox, but to get a similar treatment result the final cost will be about the same. Dysport tends to diffuse more than Botox, which causes it to spread to a broader area after it’s injected. This means a larger treatment area can be addressed in fewer injections, which can be beneficial when treating larger areas. So, if you’ve got something big coming up that you want to look your greatest for, or if you simply just don’t want to wait, then Dysport may be the best option for you.
Botox and Dysport are safe for all skin types and skin colors. However, people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have any type of facial paralysis such as Bell’s palsy, Guillain-Barre Syndrome and Myasthenia Gravis, should not use these injectables.
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