Botox VS Dysport

Many injectables exist on the market, so it’s hard to keep them straight. Two of the major injectables consist of Botulinum Toxin A: Botox and Dysport. RealSelf doctors” point out the following distinctions between the two:

  • “We are getting [Dysport] cheaper so we can pass it on to the patient. Botox prices have gone up every year and now we have an equivalent or perhaps better product (initial studies showed it lasting at least 4 months) that comes in at a better price point.” – Dr. Shawn Allen, MD
  • “Dysport may begin to work a bit faster than Botox, by as much as one to two days earlier, which may be an advantage if you have a big party a couple days later and need a really quick fix; otherwise, this isn’t of much practical importance. Botox and Dysport may last about the same time, although there are some who claim that Dysport lasts a bit longer, but not significantly much longer.” – Dr. Nelson L. Novick, MD
  • “Botox and Dysport should be thought of as being essentially the same. In most double blinded control studies both the patient and the injecting doctor could not tell them apart.” – Dr. Mitchell Schwartz, MD
  • “In clinical studies, author’s noted that Dysport “spreads more” during injection. This is both a good and a bad thing. It is good in that large areas that need injection (forehead, armpits) would require fewer injections due to the spreading. This would mean less likelihood of potential discomfort, swelling or bruising for the patient.” – Dr. Kamran Jafri, MD

Of course, it makes sense to discuss these issues with your own doctor.