Botox is the name we all recognize, but it’s not the only way to get rid of those pesky fine lines and wrinkles.

You have probably heard plenty about Botox over the years because it is the most popular. Botox smooths lines in the forehead, between the eyebrows, and in the crow’s feet area.

Before and After Botox

The main difference between the Dysport and Botox wrinkle relaxers is that Dysport contains smaller molecules, typically leading to faster results. You may notice facial changes in three days with Dysport versus the normal seven with Botox. Dysport can be more useful for larger treatment areas.


INITIAL RESPONSE AND LONGEVITY – There is another difference in the botulinum toxins as well. Dysport™ seems to have a faster onset, with results beginning to appear within one to seven days of treatment, while Botox takes between three and ten days to become effective. This does vary between patients, however there is no difference in longevity, which is about 3 to 4 months.

COST – Some of my patients’ main concerns is the cost of Dysport compared to Botox. Dysport is approximately 1/3 the cost per unit of Botox; however, it is also 1/3 the strength. This means you will need about three times as many units of Dysport to get the same results as you would with one unit of Botox. As a result, we find that the cost of a Dysport treatment is the about the same as Botox.

PROLONGING THE EFFECTS OF EITHER – The beneficial effects of both Botox and Dysport can be prolonged, sometimes for quite some time longer than the ordinary 3 to 4 month duration, by suggesting that the patient undergo a series of three or four initial treatments, spaced at four month intervals. It seems that the continual presence of the Botox or Dysport in the muscle tissue during that period “teaches” the muscles of facial expression not to contract as actively as they did before treatment. It is this learned “lesson” that is believed responsible for the more prolonged response seen in many people, even after all the toxin has been metabolized away by the body.


Dysport              vs.           Botox


Procedure type


Nonsurgical. Nonsurgical.
What it treats


Glabellar lines, forehead lines, crow’s feet (laugh lines) around the eyes Glabellar lines, forehead lines, crow’s feet (laugh lines) around the eyes


Average total cost of $450 per session. Is slightly more expensive at an average of $550 a visit.


Very little pain is felt during procedure. Just a quick poke during injection. Same as Dysport.
Number of treatments needed


Each session is about 30 minutes long. You will need to follow up every few months to maintain desired results. Same as Dysport.
Expected results


Results are temporary and last between three and four months at a time. You may start seeing improvements within a couple of days. Botox can take longer to take effect with an average of 7-14 days after your session. The results are also temporary, lasting a few months at a time.


 Not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.


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