BOTOX® and Dysport® are quite similar. They are both botulinum toxin, a neurotoxic protein that is safe when used in small amounts. BOTOX® and Dysport® are used to improve various medical conditions, but their most popular use is to diminish wrinkles. Both injectables are considered noninvasive and work by temporarily relaxing facial muscles. This stops the muscles from contracting and ultimately smooths the appearance of wrinkles. The differences between the two are rooted in their trace proteins and how they’re manufactured. BOTOX® is made by Allergan, and Dysport® is made by Galderma. Both products last about 3 months and cost the same. We recommend trying both and seeing which one works better for you, it truly is a personal preference!
Botox generally takes about 1 to 2 weeks to reach its full effect.
Dysport has a smaller molecular structure than Botox, so you typically see the effects sooner than with Botox, often within just 1-2 days.
Dysport can be used in all the same areas as Botox, but it’s most commonly used for the deep furrow lines between the brows. It’s smaller molecular structure causes it to spread out a little further than Botox.
Both contain botulinum toxins, the type of neurotoxins that block muscle contractions.
If your practitioner has administered the correct dosage to your treatment areas, and you follow the aftercare instructions of your practitioner, Dysport should work beautifully.
Just like with Botox, you should avoid lying down for 4-6 hours after treatment, to prevent any pressure on the treated sites causing the injected Dysport to “migrate” from the site.
Like with Botox, it’s advised to wait at least 24 hours before you get a workout in, and avoid rigorous exercise for about 48-72 hours to prevent the Dysport from migrating from the treated area and lessening the good effects.
It’s is not advised to have a Dysport treatment while pregnant or breastfeeding.
FDA approved in 2009, Dysport is considered safe.