Botox vs. Dysport

Facial fillers and cosmetic injectables have become the world’s most popular cosmetic treatments on the market today. Why? Because they offer convenience, discretion, and real, long-lasting results.

Botox and Dysport are cosmetic treatments used to remove or ”freeze” wrinkles and fine lines temporarily. These typically include forehead lines, crow’s feet, smoker’s lines, and frown lines. But what is the difference between these two treatments?

If you plan on undergoing any form of cosmetic procedure, it’s always wise to do your research first. Learn more about Botox vs. Dysport in this blog and which treatment could be right for you…

Two Very Similar Neuromodulators

Both Botox and Dysport are neuromodulators, also referred to as relaxers or neurotoxins. They are small proteins that interact with neural transmissions in the body’s nerve cells. In short, they act as disablers for specific nerve endings, which helps to relax certain muscles. Overall, this results in changes in how the skin on your face creases, folds and sits as you express yourself.

Botox and Dysport feature the same neuromodulator: Botulinum toxin type A. How they each react in the body is different, though. While both contain the same active ingredient, trace protein amounts can vary. This affects the overall effectiveness of the treatment from one person to the next.

It’s worth noting that neither treatment completely eradicates wrinkles for good. But they are both extremely efficient at reducing the overall appearance of wrinkles and fine lines for extended periods.

The Botox Treatment

Botox is an FDA-approved treatment approved for forehead lines, crow’s feet, and glabellar lines (between the eyebrows). The amount of Botox required for treatment varies from one person to another. This amount depends on the region and the overall results you’re looking for.

Generally, your Dr. Alhallak (Ph.D. in Pharmacy) will recommend the following amounts by treatment area:

  • 40 total units and ten injection sites for glabellar and forehead lines
  • 20 total units and five injection sites for glabellar lines alone
  • 24 total units and six injection sites for crow’s feet
  • If you wish to treat all three areas combined, the recommended dose is 64 units

Botox is a non-invasive, generally pain-free procedure performed in about 30 min.

The Dysport Treatment

Dysport is an FDA-approved product for the treatment of glabellar lines only. The treatment works to reduce the appearance of these upward-facing lines, which tend to extend vertically as a person frowns. Although glabella lines are 100% natural, they tend to deepen with age as the skin loses its elasticity and collagen levels.

Dysport treatment is recommended for this with more advanced, deep glabella lines. The entire treatment involves up to 50 units of Dysport at a time, over five different injection sites around the eyebrows and forehead.

The procedure is also generally painless and is performed in the clinic.

Duration of Treatments

Between the two treatments, they both take a minimal amount of time compared to many other cosmetic procedures, even if there’s no surgery involved.

Dysport injections take only a few minutes to complete. You may spend more time waiting for the anesthetic cream to take effect before the injections are administered. You should begin to notice the effects of the Dysport within a couple of days post-treatment.

A Botox treatment is much the same. It only takes a few minutes to administer the injections after the anesthetic cream has had time to react. After both treatments, you can go home, depending on any reactions to either product, which is very rare.


One of the biggest drawcards for Botox and Dysport treatments is that results can be seen merely a few days post-treatment. There is little-to-no downtime or recovery period as well.

The results of a Dysport treatment can be noticed after just two days, while results are known to last for up to four months. After this time, you may need to schedule a follow-up appointment to maintain your results.

On the other hand, Botox takes a little longer to notice results. You’ll need to wait up to three to seven days to see any real difference, and in some cases, you may need to wait a full month to notice the full effects. However, the effects of Botox are longer-lasting, and you’ll only need to reschedule an appointment for six months post-treatment.

Comparing the Cost

The cost of either treatment largely depends on the size of the area that’s being treated. But it’s worth noting that some injectors also prefer to charge per injection. Bear in mind that medical insurance does not cover these cosmetic procedures. However, you may be able to qualify for a payment plan, depending on what the facility offers in terms of payment options.

On average, Dysport costs approximately $300-$450 per session, and your cosmetic injector may charge based on the units used per injection.

Botox injections are a little more expensive, coming in at $550 per session. Just like a Dysport session, you may be charged per unit based on your needs. Keep in mind that these costs are based on a national average; they may vary depending on your area!

Looking to Smooth Out You’re Fine Lines?

Now that you know more about Botox vs. Dysport, are you considering either of these treatments?

The Albany Cosmetic and Laser Center, based in Edmonton, is your go-to medical spa to help you restore that youthful glow to your skin. We offer many skin treatments, ranging from botox, Dysport, dermal fillers, chemical peels, microneedling, and more.

Book your appointment today and fall in love with the skin you’re in.