Botox vs. Dysport: Is One Wrinkle Reducer Better Than The Other?
The short answer is not really.
Botox and Dysport are similar in many ways. The purpose of the medications is to relax the muscles that contract and cause wrinkles, like those found on the forehead and around the eyes. The end result should give the face a softer and less-angry look that develops as a result of aging and sun damage. They are both botulism-toxin type A (the generic names are onabotulinumtoxin A and abobotulinumtoxin A, respectively). Botox is made by Allergan, while Dysport is made by Medicis. Thankfully, the two medications are both produced by reputable companies, each with excellent track records. The results for either last between three and four months and have very few side effects when used in cosmetic doses.
The differences in effect are fairly similar, and oftentimes the choice comes down to patient preference. Botox has been on the market in the United States longer than Dysport; this is most likely why Botox maintains better brand recognition. The medications are also dosed differently, with a Dysport dose being two-and-a-half to four times what is required for Botox. In most practices you can be treated with Dysport for slightly less cost than Botox. So, if cost is a determining factor, Dysport may be your best bet. In some cases, I will encourage one medication over the other. For example, those with smaller foreheads or those who have a naturally flat eyebrow I usually prefer botox while in some patients I prefer Dysport around the eyes for more extensive crows feet.
Regardless, be sure to consult your physician prior to receiving treatment for either. You may find you want to try both medications, as one may be suit you better. Overall, they are both great medications, and I treat patients with both on a daily basis. If you’d like to learn more, please email me and I’ll be glad to offer greater detail once I have a chance to learn about your particular needs.