How Do BOTOX® and Dysport® Compare?

It’s normal to notice wrinkles developing—even as early as a person’s 20s, which is when some women and men begin to see horizontal forehead lines above their eyebrows for the first time. Regardless of what age these telltale folds begin to develop, we all begin to notice creases forming in our skin at some point. Minimally invasive cosmetic treatments can help us to age gracefully and delay the formation of these lines, and although the most well-known option for targeting expression wrinkles is BOTOX®, Dysport® is another option. These injectables are used for reducing dynamic wrinkles, which are facial lines linked to repetitive the repetitive muscle contractions necessary for making facial expressions. The average patient may not notice too much of a difference between these two wrinkle injections at our Naples-based office, but there are some subtle differences. 

Both of these products offer similar results, so it’s important to find an experienced injector who can choose the ideal treatment for a specific patient. Here’s what to know about the differences and similarities between these two wrinkle-relaxing injectables. 

BOTOX® and Dysport® both contain a protein called botulinum toxin type A, which is their main active ingredient. The injectables work by temporarily relaxing muscles in the treatment area to reduce wrinkles caused by facial expressions. By preventing the proper transmission of signals from nerves, contractions are reduced. This keeps the skin at rest, resulting in a smoother appearance. Both treatments provide results that have a lifespan of three to four months on average. 

Although they work the same way, the two injectables differ on a molecular level. Dysport® contains extra proteins that give it a slightly lower molecular weight, resulting in a lighter and less potent formulation. That allows it to diffuse more and makes it better for treating larger areas like the forehead. Dysport® has a faster onset of just 24 hours compared to three to five days for BOTOX®, which is more ideal for targeting specific areas.

If one injectable isn’t producing the desired effect, patients can switch to another for their next treatment. The most important factor is choosing a knowledgeable and experienced injector who can safely provide natural-looking rejuvenation.

Learn more about wrinkle-smoothing injections from the Skin Wellness Physicians team. If you have questions about the benefits of BOTOX®, Dysport®, and more please call us at (239) 732-0044 or reach out online.

Kaitlyn Bennett

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Contact Us

security code