Dysport vs Botox

» Dysport vs Botox

What is the difference between Dysport and Botox?

Although made from the same neurotoxin as Botox, botulinum toxin A, chemical differences do exist.  Studies have shown that Dysport may act more quickly and may last longer than Botox.  As well, it is believed that Dysport has an earlier onset of action than Botox.  This means that the effect of the medication may be seen in one to two days instead of the three to five days Botox® needs.

It has also been reported that Dysport may be effective for as long as four or five months, as opposed to about three months for Botox®.

Chemically, Dysport has fewer proteins surrounding the toxin and therefore should stimulate a weaker immune response to break down the toxin. This may make it a good choice for Botox patients who find Botox no longer works because their body has developed antibodies.

Is the dose of Dysport the same as Botox?

No.  The dose of Dysport is not the same as the dose of any other botulinum toxin product (Botox/Botox Cosmetic, Xeomin/Xeomin Cosmetic, Myobloc)

The dose of Dysport cannot be compared to the dose of any other botulinum toxin product you may have used.

Both products are different and have individual potencies.  The products cannot be interchanged.

How long has Dysport been used?

Dysport is used for cosmetic purposes in over 50 countries. Though approved in the United States for aesthetic use in April 2009, Dysport has a history of use in other countries since 1991. Outside the U.S., it was first approved for aesthetic use in 2001.  Dysport has been approved in Canada since 2012.

How is Dysport taken?

Similar to Botox, Dysport is administered by injection.  Your doctor places it carefully into muscles that cause wrinkles with tiny needles.  Typically only a few injections are needed to treat the frown line.

Please see our Dysport FAQ page for additional information.