Dysport® vs. Botox®… What’s the Difference?
Botox® (onabotulinumtoxin A) and Dysport® (abobotulinumtoxin A) are both forms of botulinum toxin A and effectively have the same action on muscle function. Both are FDA-approved therapeutic muscle-relaxers targeting the facial muscles that cause wrinkles. For the most part, they can be used interchangeably but a free consult can always help you decide which is best for you.
Dysport® has a smaller protein load than Botox®, meaning fewer antibodies (what our bodies use to find and destroy antigens) will form to work against it. The assumption is that Dysport® should last longer than Botox®, and clinical trials indicate that Dysport® has longer lasting results. It is also important to note that for every one unit of Botox® approximately 2.5 units of Dysport® are required to achieve the same results.
Dysport® diffuses farther than Botox®, and its onset of action is faster. The faster onset of action is noteworthy, usually within a few days as opposed to two weeks.
The diffusion can be a plus or a minus. In larger areas like the forehead (provided the injections are placed high enough above the brows) or even crow’s feet, Dysport® may be more beneficial to address the wrinkles with fewer injections. However, in areas like the glabella or brows, Botox® can often be more precise. In those areas, diffusion may result in eyelid ptosis, or drooping of the eyelids.
Both are excellent products for reduction of dynamic wrinkles (wrinkles present when the face is in motion but not at rest). Our staff of injectors here at New Radiance all have proper training, certification and experience with botulinum toxin injections, so you are in the hands of true professionals.
From the patient’s perspective, it is helpful to understand that both Botox® and Dysport® work very well to improve unwanted creases and wrinkles, especially in the upper face. Many New Radiance patients have been very satisfied with both. Often, most patients cannot really tell the difference; some seem to favor Botox® and others seem to favor Dysport®. Some patients may respond to one more favorably than the other. Our recommendation is to try both and formulate your own opinion, but we offer both brands to our patients desiring a fresher, well-rested look!