Botox vs Dysport, What’s the Difference?


The world of injectables can seem like an intimidating place from the outside, but as you start to investigate, breaking down the myths and learning the basics, we promise there’s nowhere else you’ll want to be!

At Robinson Facial Plastic Surgery, we offer a variety of injectable solutions for reducing wrinkles, correcting volume loss, and creating your ideal look. While people often use “Botox” as a catch-all phrase to refer to injectables, an experienced injector can tell you the difference between all of these types, and exactly how they would use them to fulfill a patient’s dreams! Today, we’re breaking down the differences between Botox and another popular name-brand injectable: Dysport.

Both of these treatments contain the same active ingredient, Botulinum Toxin Type A, and the treatment process is the exact same for both injectables. Your master injector will discuss your goals during your consultation and decide which treatment, or what combination of treatments, will help you achieve your goals!

With either treatment, a patient may experience minor swelling and bruising, but your esthetician should provide you with pre- and post- care instructions to minimize these side effects and maximize your treatment results. You can even return to life as normal, including wearing makeup, immediately after the treatment! If you notice any redness in the treatment area, this typically fades within 24 hours.

Both treatments do this by temporarily relaxing the wrinkle-causing muscles around the injection site, softening the lines and preventing lines from deepening or more wrinkles from appearing over time. The most popular treatment areas are: the forehead, between the eyebrows aka pesky “elevens”, and crows feet around the eyes.

Because of these preventative effects, many members of the younger generation have begun what we like to call “pre-juvenation.” By getting Botox or Dysport before wrinkles begin to develop, and maintaining their injection schedule over time, patients can prevent deep wrinkles from forming farther into the aging process. Relaxing the muscles before repeated facial expressions (and their subsequent creases!) before they sink into muscle memory, essentially stopping the wrinkles in their tracks.

Of the two formulas, Dysport is more diluted, allowing it to spread faster over larger areas, and create a smooth overall appearance, versus the plumping appearance of Botox. Because of this key difference in concentration, Botox is often used to target wrinkles in smaller areas, like crow’s feet and fine lines around the lips.

Dysport/Botox typically lasts 3-4 months before requiring a touch-up. Regardless, the length of time each formulation lasts depends on the patient’s metabolism.  

If you’re ready to learn what Botox or Dysport can do for you, schedule your consultation with our aesthetic pros!