Botox vs Dysport: What is the difference?

Botox and Dysport are the most popular neurotoxins on the market today. They both work by blocking nerve signals to the muscles, which temporarily stops the muscle from contracting. With less movement, lines and wrinkles are softened for a more rejuvenated appearance. So Botox vs Dysport…what is the difference?


Botox was the first of its kind to be approved for cosmetic use. The FDA approved Botox in 2002 to temporarily treat glabellar lines. Today, Botox is the only botulinum toxin that is FDA approved to treat glabella lines, crow’s feet (around the eyes) and forehead lines. Treatment takes approximately 15 minutes with minimal side effects and discomfort. Results take full effect within 5 to 10 days and last between 3 and 5 months on average.

Botox is by far the most important non-surgical treatment performed at Utah Facial Plastics with over 7,000 treatments in the last 5 years alone. Patients appreciate the Brilliant Distinction program, a loyalty program from Allergan that helps patients save on Botox, Juvederm, Latisse and SkinMedica skincare products.


Dysport was FDA approved in 2009 for the treatment of forehead and glabellar (between the eyebrows) wrinkles. Dysport treatments are quick, like Botox, but results take effect much quicker and can be noticeable after only 2 to 3 days. On average, Dysport works as well and lasts the same length of time as Botox but results vary for each individual patient.

Patients can also save on Dysport treatments with the Aspire loyalty program from Galderma, the manufacturer of Dysport.

Cost of Botox & Dysport

The cost of Botox and Dysport comes to the same amount at Utah Facial Plastics but the units are calculated differently. For 1 unit of Botox ($12) three units of Dysport are required at $4 per unit.

Botox and Dysport are both safe and effective when it comes to treating facial wrinkles. Due to reputation and longevity on the market, Botox treatments are more popular than Dysport in our practice but Dysport is typically recommended for patients desiring a quicker response. We recommend trying both and see which one works best for you.

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