Botox or Dysport?
Thanks to the popularity of the product, the brand name Botox has become a lot like the brand name Kleenex – interchangeable with the product name itself. Because of this, we have many patients who wonder what the difference between Botox and Dysport is, and often assume that Dysport is comparable to the off-brand of the product.
The truth is that Botox and Dysport work in the exact same way. Both are made of botulinum toxin A, a purified protein that works by relaxing targeted muscles. When the muscles in your forehead are relaxed, you are unable to make the expression that causes those troublesome “11s” and horizontal folds in the skin of the forehead.
In this way, both Dysport and Botox help patients appear younger by smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles caused by muscle movement. Because the products are made of the same thing, they work in really similar ways and so it is difficult for many patients to discern a difference between the two products. In many cases, the use of Botox or Dysport boils down to injector and patient preference; many providers offer both options to patients who can try each and decide what works best for them.
By in large, Beleza uses Botox for most patients and is a Black Diamond level injector of Botox and other Allergan products, like Juvederm. However, we do offer Dysport for the patients who prefer it. One of the advantages we hear from Dysport users who have tried both products is that they feel Dysport sets in more quickly than Botox. The reason for this is that the Dysport protein is smaller so it is absorbed more quickly, and it is known to spread quicker, which may also contribute to the faster onset.
Another one of Dysports’ advantages can be deceiving. Dysport is offered at a much lower per unit price than Botox, which makes it seem much less expensive. The reason this is misleading is that Dysport often requires more units per area than Botox, because it is more highly diluted than Botox. The increase in number of units required makes the bottom line cost about the same for Botox and Dysport users.
The bottom line is that Botox and Dysport last about the same about of time, 3-4 months. And, each product is about equally effective, with Dysport occasionally scoring higher in patient preference studies and Botox occasionally scoring higher.
Dysport Side Effects
Many patients prefer Botox because it is a household name (been around more than 10 years) and because it is so commonly used. They worry that the newer product to the market will come with unknown side effects. The truth is that neither substance has many negative side effects and a patient should always discuss the potential for side effects with the injector before the procedure begins.
The differences between Botox and Dysport are few, so the best way to decide is to try both and figure out which you like best!