Botox vs Dysport

The brand name Botox has definitely become a household name, just like Kleenex. However, alternatives to Botox® are available and Dysport® is one of them. These injectables are known collectively as neuromodulators.

Botox (Allergan) was first approved by the FDA for cosmetic use in 2002 and Dysport followed in 2009. However, Dysport (Galderma) was available in Europe prior to 2009. Botox and Dysport are very similar. Both are types of botulinum type A, which are used to relax muscles that cause lines of expression like frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines. Both have very high safety profiles, comparable effectiveness and similar side effects. In addition, both must be injected every 3 to 6 months.

In terms of differences, Dysport is a smaller-sized molecule so it has a faster onset of action: 2-5 days vs 4-7 days for Botox. Both Dysport and Botox show full results by 2 weeks. Dysport may provide a softer look than Botox. This feature may be a pro or a con depending on the client.

In the end, it is much more important who is injecting your Botox or Dysport, than which of these two products you choose. Since Botox and Dysport are prescription drugs that are regulated by Health Canada, patients must be seen by a physician prior to receiving these treatments. Choose an experienced medical doctor.