It is no news that Botox is a popular drug for treating fine lines and wrinkles for several years. However, the Food and Drugs Administration approved Dysport some year ago for treating wrinkles. What this means is patients, and cosmetic injectors now have another safe alternative to enhance their appearance.

Over time, wrinkles and fine lines develop naturally due to continuous muscle contractions from habitual facial expressions and movements. For instance, squinting and smiling forms ‘crow’s feet’ while lifting your eyebrows frequently causes forehead lines. There is two type of wrinkles; dynamic and static. All wrinkle starts as dynamic, as they appear when the muscles contract to reveal expression. These wrinkles are best treated with Botox or Dysport injection in targeted muscle. As time goes by, the repeated movement of the muscle changes the skin layers structure and make then permanent or static. The treatment of static lines or wrinkles is a bit more complicated as they required a combination of muscle relaxant (Dysport or Botox) or fillers.

Dysport and Botox have become well-known. The wrinkle treatments have several uses and patients frequently ask about the difference between them.

What are Botox and Dysport?

They are forms of Botulinum Toxin Type A. The toxin is gotten from Clostridium Botulinum (bacteria). They work by blocking or reducing the muscle ability to contract.

How do Botox and Dysport work?

Botox or Dysport blocks signals from the nerves to the body muscles. When Dysport or Botox is injected, the muscle stops contracting, causing wrinkles to soften and relax.

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They are frequently used on fine lines, forehead lines, frown lines, and crow’s feet. Therefore, if you are searching for effective ways to alleviate wrinkles, it is imperative that you understand the differences between Dysport and Botox. Understanding the dissimilarities between both options will help you to select the treatment that fits you best.

But before we delve into the differences, let’s take a look at the similarities.

  • Both Dysport and Botox have similar active ingredient – botulism type A.
  • They both work through the same mechanism of action
  • They are both trusted and reliable methods for smoothing out wrinkles
  • They are basically used on the neck and face.
  • Both Dysport and Botox are injected the same way
  • They are both safe treatments

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What are the differences?

The dissimilarities between Dysport and Botox are quite detailed.

  • Molecular size

Some reports mentioned that molecules in Dysport are smaller than those in Botox. Smaller molecules may reflect a faster and higher diffusion profile. This is highly debatable.

  • Dilution

Dysport is diluted differently than Botox. So if you make use of a specific amount of Botox units to treat wrinkles, your doctor (or injection certified pharmacists) may need to add to the number of Dysport units when changing to Dysport. In general, to get the use potency of both produced using the same volume, then we need to follow different dilution technique

  • Diffusion

Dysport diffuses faster than Botox, meaning it spread to a wider area after injection. This might reflect advantages and disadvantages. Higher diffusion and distribution might be problematic when targeting a small muscle such as orbicularis oculi for eyebrow lift as we would like the medication to stay in place and not to spread to unwanted targets. On the other hand, if we are targeting a big muscle, such as the frontalis for forehead lines, having a higher diffusing might help to reduce the number of injection.

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Other differences include

  • Dysport takes effect quickly. Some reports showed that with Dysport, results are visible two to three days after treatment compared to Botox, which starts 4 to 7 days. No RCT has been conducted to proof that
  • Dysport last shorted than Botox according to some reports. Yet, I do not believe that this difference is significant.

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Both Botox and Dysport offers patients with an established, non-invasive, and safe way for diminishing wrinkles on the neck and face.

Albany Cosmetic and Laser center in Edmonton is one of a very few clinics in Edmonton that offers both treatments.



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