Which Anti Aging Facial Treatments For You? Dysport Vs Botox

January 31, 2024

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Many of us with a passion for beauty and anti-aging are familiar with Botox. Many of us know at least one person who receives Botox treatments, whether for anti aging facial treatments or other medical reasons such as migraines or TMJ.

Dysport is another neuromodulator treatment similar to Botox with less of a household name- however, you should hear about it!

Dysport and Botox: What Are They Used For?

Wrinkles and fine lines are natural signs of aging resulting from the gradual loss of collagen and elastin in the skin. If you are interested in anti-aging and maintaining a fresh, youthful look chances are you have concerns about preventing wrinkles and fine lines.

Botox and Dysport are both neuromodulator or neurotoxin anti-aging skin treatments that have been approved by the FDA.

Key Takeaways

  • Dysport and Botox differ slightly in terms of typical areas treated
  • Both injections are safe, minimally invasive, and require no downtime
  • Botox has non-aesthetic medical treatment applications
  • Botox and Dysport differ in terms of onset and duration of effects

How Do These Injections Work?  

According to the FDA, these injections are minimally invasive and safe. Both Botox and Dysport are naturally derived products that work by temporarily blocking nerve impulses to the muscles of the face, which limits the movement of the muscles.  

This reduces wrinkles and fine lines, resulting in a more relaxed and smooth look. When you smile, frown, or laugh the usual facial lines that appear are muted due to these treatments.  

Important Differences Between Botox and Dysport

Why might you be recommended Botox versus Dysport and what are the differences between these two injectables?

Botox is FDA-approved to treat crow’s feet, laugh lines, and other types of wrinkles on the face and forehead due to aging. Dysport, on the other hand, is only FDA-approved to treat glabellar lines.

Glabellar lines appear between the brows.

According to research from the JAMA Dermatology Journal, Botox’s effects fade at around 10 weeks while Dysport’s effects remain longer. A clinical study from the manufacturer of Dysport found that injections every 6 months are sufficient for most patients.

Additionally, Dysport has more spreadability within the skin meaning its effects happen over a broader surface area than Botox.

According to Dermatologist Shilpi Khetarpal, “Botox and Dysport have the same primary active ingredient, but a different protein allows Dysport to diffuse further or spread more.”

Therefore, Dysport can be ideal for the treatment of broader surface areas such as the forehead with fewer injections required than Botox for the same area.

Botox, on the other hand, is ideal for small treatment areas such as crow’s feet at the corner of the eyes or lip lines. Botox is more potent than Dysport and therefore perhaps more cost effective. One unit of Botox is equivalent to three units of Dysport.

Due to a protein shell in Botox causing a slow-release mechanism, it takes a little bit longer to take effect on the skin. Clients notice the effects of Botox on average at approximately 7-14 days while Dysport can take as few as 3 days.

Non-Aesthetic Botox Treatments

Botox differs from Dysport in that it is FDA-approved for various medical conditions. These conditions include migraines, axillary hyperhidrosis (AKA excessive sweating), and muscle spasms.

These medical conditions are caused by chemical processes that happen within the muscles the Botox treatment targets. Botox neutralizes those chemical reactions, providing amazing symptom relief for many patients.

Have you ever received or are interested in trying out Botox or Dysport? Please let us know more about your experience or interests in the comments below!


Botox and Dysport are both miraculous anti-aging skin treatments that have the same mechanism but slightly different applications depending on your aesthetic needs and preferences.

Your skilled aesthetic injector will discuss your neuromodulation options with you to arrive at a customized treatment plan curated just for you!


Question 1: Is the downtime for Botox and Dysport the same?

Answer: Correct. There is no downtime required for either of these treatments. You can return to work or school and resume your normal activities same day except for exercise. It’s recommended to wait 24 hours before exercising.

Question 2: Are Botox or Dysport injections painful?

Most client reports brief, minor pain as the injections are being administered. Numbing creams can be used for sensitive patients before the procedure.

Question 3: Do I need to change any aspects of my routine after Botox or Dysport injections as part of my after-care?

Avoid laying down for 4 hours post-procedure. Avoid exercise for 24 hours afterward. Avoid rubbing your face (including applying makeup) for 24 hours as pressure on the skin can cause the injections to migrate.


Dr. Laurel

Laurel Ash, ND, MS is an Oregon and Washington board-certified Naturopathic Physician and medical director of a medical spa in Vancouver, WA. Dr. Ash graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine in 2019 and proceeded to work in a primary care for 2 years with a focus on women’s health. Aesthetic medicine became a focus of her clinical practice as she realized beauty is a reflection of inner vitality and health. Dr. Ash’s clinical focuses include optimal aging, hormone replacement therapy, and aesthetic medicine for women.

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