What is the difference between Botox and Dysport?
Botox and Dysport are FDA-approved medications that block the neurotransmitters to the treated muscles. In turn, muscle activity in the treated area is reduced. Botox and Dysport are most commonly used to decrease the appearance of frown lines between the eyebrows, wrinkles on the forehead and crows feet at the side of the eyes. These treatments are also used to prevent wrinkles from forming in these areas. For example, if someone is constantly furrowing their brow and making a frowning face, Botox or Dysport can be injected between the brows so that they do not develop a permanent wrinkle in this area.
Botox and Dysport are both derived from type A botulinum toxin. They work via a similar mechanism, though the specific proteins are slightly different. In an FDA study, it was seen that Dysport worked within 2-3 days, while the onset of Botox can take a few days longer. Both treatments last around 4 months and have a similar effect on the treated muscles. Dr. Schweiger utilizes both Botox and Dysport when treating patients. A lot of patients ask if one is better than the other but the truth they are very similar. Most patients still prefer Botox because of the “brand name” but Dr. Schweiger uses both equally. “Dysport is an excellent choice for patients who need faster result,” says Dr. Schweiger.