Botox versus Dysport: What's the Difference?

You're likely familiar with Botox ®, which has received approval by the FDA since April of 2002, under the name of Botox ® Cosmetic. Years later, in April of 2009 the FDA approved Dysport for use in the U.S. as a "wrinkle-treatment." Being that Dysport came years later after Botox ®, it has now become its top competitor. So, which treatment is best for you and what's the difference between the two?

Let's start with the basics...

What is Botox ® ? BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to temporarily improve the look of both moderate to severe crow’s feet lines and frown lines between the eyebrows in adults.

What is Dysport? A prescription injection proven to help smooth the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows without changing the look or movement of the rest of your face.

Botox and Dysport are very similiar.

Both Botox and Dysport are Neurotoxins — Botulinum Type A—that is used to relax muscles that cause crows feet and frown lines on the forehead. They’ve both been in use for years and have similar effects when used on patients. Clinical trials show that they are about the same in efficacy and longevity.

How do they differ?

Where the differences come in between the two is in the "units." Both Botox and Dysport are dosed by unit. However, Botox, for every one unit it takes two and a half to three units of Dysport. The ratio of Dysport units to Botox units is 3:1. Dysport ranges between $5-$9 per unit. Botox ranges between $10-$17 per unit.

Patient Selection

At Ciocca Dermatology, some of our patients swear by Botox, others swear by Dysport, and then there are those who swear by both.  We are happy to provide our patients with their preference if they have one, and to help them choose if they don’t. Those without preconceptions or preferences — will most likely ask their physicians to help them decide which product is right for them.