What’s Better: Botox Or Dysport?

At Pure Touch Skin Center, we offer both Botox and Dysport to treat unwanted lines and wrinkles. Both of these treatments are highly effective and safe, and get significant results. Because they’re so similar, one of the most common questions we’re asked is what the difference is between them.

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Botox was FDA approved in 2002, and Dysport was FDA approved in 2009. Both are safe for all skin types, and they work the same way: just like Botox, Dysport uses botulinum toxin type A to relax the muscles that cause wrinkles to form. The two formulas aren’t exactly the same, but they’re alike enough that many doctors say that comparing them is like comparing Pepsi to Coke.

Here we will go over what the similarities are and what the differences are between the two.

Molecular Weight

The biggest differences between Botox and Dysport comes from their variations in molecular weight. While they both have the same 150 kDa molecule size at their core, the protective proteins that surround the core have different weights.

Botox has a consistent 750 kDa, while the molecular weight of Dysport can vary from 350 kDA to 750 kDa. This results in a lower likelihood of diffusion for Botox, and a higher likelihood of diffusion for Dysport.

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Unit Amounts

Because Dysport’s formula is more diluted than Botox’s formula, the number of units required to achieve the same results is generally higher for Dysport. (This means that Dysport can sometimes be a little more expensive for the same results.)

Areas Treated

Both Botox and Dysport are used to relax muscles to reduce facial wrinkles including the angry 11’s, crow’s feet, and forehead lines.

Botox is best for smaller treatment areas, such as one wrinkle in a random spot, as well as areas with thicker muscles (such as around the mouth and between the eyebrows). This is because Botox has a lower diffusion rate than Dysport.

Dysport’s higher diffusion rate makes it better for larger areas—such as the forehead—and areas with thinner muscles, such as crow’s feet.

Sessions And Downtime

Both Botox and Dysport are extremely convenient “lunchtime treatments” (meaning, they take such a short amount of time that you can pop in on your lunch break to have it done). No downtime is required for either treatment.

Results And Longevity

Patients typically see results from Dysport within 2-5 days, and see results from Botox within 5-7 days.

Botox and Dysport both require repeat sessions in order to maintain their results, and the longevity of both treatments is generally between 3-6 months. Every patient is different, but that’s the average.

So…Botox Or Dysport?

The decision between Botox and Dysport will come down to the preference of the patient—and one of the nice things about both Dysport and Botox is that once you choose one, you’re don’t need to keep using that one. Because both Botox and Dysport fade and will require touch-ups after a few months, patients can try both of them, one at a time, to see which they prefer.

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At Pure Touch, we provide both Botox and Dysport. If you have any questions about either one of these treatments, please don’t hesitate to contact us!