Differences between Botox and Dysport in Edmonton

This Post discusses the Differences between Botox and Dysport for treating upper face lines and wrinkles At Albany Cosmetic Centre in Edmonton. These days no one has to have wrinkles unless they want to. This is because of the popular muscle relaxant known as Botox. Botox has dominated the wrinkles and crow feet treatment market in the United States for so long. In 2009, a new muscle relaxant product named Dysport got its Food and Drug Agency approval. Although Dysport is new to the US, it has been used for many years in Europe. Now everyone wants to know if there is any difference between Botox and Dysport.


Muscle relaxants such as Botox and Dysport have become one of the skincare products people use to fight wrinkles. There are other methods of dealing with forehead lines, crow’s feet, fine lines, and wrinkles. But, these injections are more long-lasting and effective. Anti-aging creams can only go so far in preventing frown lines. And at some point, you would need to look into getting a more effective wrinkle treatment.


What Are Botox and Dysport?

Botox and Dysport are protein-based muscle relaxants used to treat crow’s feet, wrinkles, and fine lines. They’re both made from a Botulinum Toxin type A, obtained from Clostridium botulinum. The two products prevent muscle contractions. They are both used toused to treat other medical issues affecting muscles. Botox and Dysport are similar products that give similar results. They both numb the effects of the nerves and relax the muscles. They are also used as fillers to treat facial lines and wrinkles.


How Does It Work?

We all know how Botox works, and to an extent, Dysport works the same way. Dysport is a neurotoxin that treats fine lines and wrinkles. It numbs the nerves in the treatment area to prevent muscle movement. This is an effective treatment since wrinkles form due to constant facial expressions.


Differences between Botox and Dysport

While Botox and Dysport come from the same botulinum type, Toxin, some recorded differences exist. Let’s find out the differences.



When compared to Botox, Dysport is more diluted. This does not reduce its efficacy at all. To achieve the same result, you might have to use more units of Dysport. For the same treatment, the number of units of Botox used would be less than the number of units of Dysport used.

Some hospitals charge per unit. Hence, this slight difference in the number of units might reduce the cost. The difference in cost would not be much after finishing the treatment. This alludes to the fact that more units of Dysport would achieve the desired results.


Effect Onset and duration

Some people claim Dysport has a quicker onset time than Botox. While effects show up 4 to 7 days after a Botox injection, patients treated with Dysport begin to notice changes after 2 or 3 days. Others claim that Botox lasts longer. We at Albany did not notice a significant difference!


FDA Approval

The FDA first approved Botox in 2002 to treat neurological conditions. Also, the FDA approved it as a wrinkle treatment. As a result of this approval, injectors (physicians, pharmacists, and nurses_ use Botox to treat multiple sclerosis, chronic migraine, and upper and lower limb spasticity. It is also used for hyperhidrosis, strabismus, and cervical dystonia. Dysport was FDA approved in 2009. The FDA authorized it to treat children’s cervical dystonia, lower limb spasticity, and upper limb spasticity.


Effect Longevity

Scientists conducted many types of research to discover the differences between Botox and Dysport. None of the investigations recorded a significant difference between Dysport and Botox. In a study on Botox and Dysport, 30 subjects were injected with both injections on alternate cheeks. After a few weeks, the sides injected with Botox recorded more wrinkles when subjects smiled than the side injected with Dysport.



Dysport records a faster diffusion rate than Botox. This analysis could prove helpful when applied to a larger treatment area. This means that a smaller dosage would diffuse to affect a larger area. But this puts Dysport at a disadvantage when treating smaller areas with thick muscles. These places need more precision, and Dysport’s tendency to diffuse would not produce the desired results.


Molecule Size

Botox has a bigger molecule size compared to Dysport. Having a smaller molecular size does have its advantages and disadvantages. For example, a smaller molecule size is why Dysport injections diffuse more than Botox injections. It is also responsible for the early onset of effects of Dysport. However, these advantages could become disadvantages when used in some face regions. You should consult a good dermatologist before getting Dysport shots.


Side Effects

The side effects of using both Botox and Dysport are relatively the same. However, the side effects of Dysport are reportedly milder than Botox’s.

Side effects include:

  • Redness of the treatment area
  • Headache
  • Muscle spasms
  • Numbness
  • Droopy eyelids and sore throat.
  • Although rare, both Botox and Dysport can cause Botulinum toxicity.

Botox and Dysport are very similar products that prevent muscle contraction. But, they have slight differences caused by the Botulinum Toxin type A concentration used to produce them. If you consider one of the alternatives to Botox as a treatment for your wrinkles, fine lines, and crowfeet, Dysport is a great choice. From the differences above, Dysport seems to have more advantages than Botox. It has a quicker onset time and seems more effective than Botox. The effects of Dysport also last longer than Botox.

However, consult a certified skin specialist before you go forward with any treatment. Remember that the person who injects you is as important as what you inject.

An experienced dermatologist would know how to inject muscle relaxants to achieve your desired results.