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Dysport vs. Botox

Dysport vs. Botox: The Ultimate Showdown

When Ponce de Leon began his search for the elusive Fountain of Youth, little did he realize that 500 years later the search would still be going strong. But now, instead of sailing across the seas, people are turning to their plastic surgeons in their search for eternal youth.

Often the answer is Botox and it is as popular as ever. Since 2002, men and women have turned to Botox to smooth out facial lines and wrinkles. A protein derivative of botulism toxin, when low doses of Botox are injected into facial muscles, the muscles become paralyzed and relaxed. That’s what gives the resulting smooth appearance.

However, there is a new kid on the block and Botox has been given a run for their money. A product called Dysport, also a neuromuscular blocking agent, has made the scene. Once known as Reloxin, it’s been used for about 17 years in over 20 countries. In April of 2009, the FDA approved its use in the United States as well.

Which Is Better?

They’re both basically the same as they are derived from the same botulinum toxin. Both smooth out wrinkles and frown lines by affecting underlying facial muscles so they can no longer contract. This makes the muscle creases lay flat so wrinkles seem to disappear. However, there are a few differences between the two worth noting.

How Do They Differ?

One of the most important differences not only affects facial wrinkles but also your pocketbook. Dysport is considerably less expensive than Botox. While this is good news for consumers, Botox could find itself knocked out of first place.

As for which gives better results, some reports state Dysport has a better spreading radius, meaning an equal amount of Dysport will cover a larger area than Botox. Since it covers a larger area, one treatment should be less expensive for most people.

Also, Dysport yields quicker results. Some people have seen major improvement within a couple of days while Botox results aren’t easily apparent for 3 to 7 days.

What Are The Risks?

Of course, they’re always risks, but with both Botox and Dysport, the incidents of risky side effects are rare. It is possible to have an allergic reaction with both Dysport and Botox although Dysport seems to cause less of an allergic response.

If you have pre-existing problems with swallowing, breathing, or speaking, using Botox can make them more severe.

Also, with Dysport, because it has a better spreading effect, it’s possible the toxin could spread to unintended facial muscles. In that case, the side effects could be a droopy eyelid. Other side effects include swelling and redness, sore throat, headaches, sinus inflammations, neck pain, fatigue, and others, though rarely reported. If the correct dosage and technique are used, the risks are slight.

Botox has been a huge player in anti-aging for some time, but now that Dysport has arrived, the Botox industry will likely become more competitive with their pricing. Now could be a great time to finally do something about those pesky wrinkles.

If you have questions about Dysport vs. Botox treatments, the expert staff at VIvia would be happy to answer them for you.  Simply call 703-556-8882 to speak to a member of our team of skin care professionals.


Vivia Center offers skin care treatments covering a wide range of needs utilizing the latest technologies, giving patients a superior service from a medical team they know and trust. 

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