Who Wins the Wrinkle War?!

Botox Versus Dysport


Confused about your options when it comes to treating your wrinkles with injectables?  At skinBe we use Botox and Dysport, both known to give amazing results when treatment is performed by a skilled injector with the proper dose. Although both are FDA-approved neuromodulators for minimizing wrinkles in adults, they have some key differences you should know about.  Let’s shine a light on the similarities and differences so that you can make the choice that is right for you and your expectations. 

How are Botox and Dysport similar?  Wrinkles naturally develop on our faces over time due to the repeated muscle contractions we make during regular facial movements.  They will tend to be more prominent in areas that we are more expressive, such as the forehead, eyebrows, and eyes.  Both Botox and Dysport reduce these wrinkles by relaxing the muscles that are contracting to cause them.  When skillfully injected into the offending muscle, they will both block the signal from your brain to those muscle nerves to contract.  In time, this will allow the muscle to relax temporarily and surface wrinkles to smooth. Both Botox and Dysport have results that are temporary and gradually wear off.  This occurs because our bodies will develop new nerve receptors to receive the signal to contract again.  In time, the same wrinkles will reemerge.  This is why your qualified skinBe injector will recommend an interval of treatments every 3 months to achieve optimal results and keep your skin looking consistently smooth and refreshed.

How are Botox and Dysport Different? Botox and Dysport are NOT interchangeable.  They have several differences that may steer you in one particular direction in regard to which product you pursue treatment with.

Difference #1 – Molecular Size:  If you were to look at Botox and Dysport under a microscope, you would see that Dysport is comprised of smaller molecules compared to Botox.  This molecular size affects how quickly the product typically sets in and the spread of the treatment. 

Difference #2 – Diffusion: Because of Dysport’s smaller molecular size, it can cover larger surface areas per injection site due to diffusion.  This attribute of spreading can be beneficial in some larger areas of the face, such as the forehead, but make it less effective and precise for smaller areas, or thicker muscles that need a more concentrated dose.  It is essential to go to a qualified and licensed medical professional for your injectables who has experience with BOTH products to ensure you get the safest and best results.

Difference #3 – Dilution: If a clinic advertises that their Botox and Dysport is billed the same, per unit, RUN!  These two products are diluted for use with very different ratios.  If you have been getting 25 units of Botox between your eyebrows for years, DO NOT expect that to translate to 25 units of Dysport.  Dysport requires far more units to get the same result as Botox, that is why you will generally see it at a lower cost per unit.  Do not be enticed by this perceived “bargain” as you will require more units and the total treatment cost will typically be similar to Botox.

Difference #4 – How Quickly You See Results: It varies for each individual. Dysport typically takes a couple days for results to set in, while Botox can take upwards of a week or more for results to be fully kick in. So how do you decide?  Like many things in life, it comes down to personal preference.  It’s like comparing Bloomingdales to Saks Fifth Avenue! Both are amazing products that can achieve beautiful results. Many clients opt to try both to discern if their response is better to one or the other.  Some steer towards Botox, as it is the first FDA approved neuromodulator and has a longer track record of results.  Others choose Dysport because they love how their results set in faster.  The best way to decide which product is right for you is to speak with a qualified injection specialist who has experience with both products. Like many clients, you will likely fall in love with BOTH!

So who wins the wrinkle war?! BOTH, if you ask us! It is specific to each individual’s needs and goals. A skinBe assessment with one of our Master Injectors is key for achieving best results and creating an individualized treatment plan to keep you feeling and looking your best, from the inside out.

Beth Donaldson