What’s the Difference Between Botox and Dysport

Botox® and Dysport by Movel Medical Aesthetics

Botox® and Dysport are two names that often come up in conversations about anti-aging treatments and wrinkle reduction. At first glance, they seem quite similar – both are injectables used to smooth out wrinkles and fine lines, giving a more youthful appearance. But when you dig a bit deeper, you’ll find that they’re not exactly the same. 

What is Botox®?

Botox® is a name that’s become almost synonymous with anti-wrinkle treatments, but what exactly is it? In simple terms, Botox® is a brand name for a type of toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Before you get alarmed by the word ‘toxin,’ it’s important to know that it’s both safe and effective in the small, controlled doses used in cosmetic procedures.

The science behind Botox® is quite fascinating. When injected, it temporarily relaxes the facial muscles that cause wrinkles, giving the skin a smoother, more youthful appearance. It’s like telling those muscles to take a short vacation. This effect is particularly noticeable in areas like the forehead, around the eyes, and between the brows.

People often choose Botox® because it softens the look of existing wrinkles and prevents new ones from forming. The treatment requires no recovery time, making it a popular ‘lunchtime procedure.’

What is Dysport?

Dysport is derived from a neurotoxin, similar to what’s used in other wrinkle-reducing treatments. When injected, Dysport works by targeting specific muscles, reducing their activity. This action helps to smooth out frown lines, those wrinkles that develop between your eyebrows due to frowning, squinting, or concentrating.

What sets Dysport apart is its lower protein content compared to some other neuromodulators. This characteristic can reduce your body’s chance of developing antibodies against it. If the body develops these antibodies, the treatment could become less effective over time.

Dysport treatments are quick, usually taking just a few minutes, and they don’t require any recovery time. This makes it a convenient option for people with busy schedules. The results start to appear within a couple of days, and they can last up to four months, though this can vary from person to person.

Comparing Botox® and Dysport

Both Botox® and Dysport are effective in reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, but they differ in application. Here are some differences: 

Onset of Action:

  • Botox®: It typically takes around 7 to 14 days for the full effects of Botox® to become visible.
  • Dysport: Dysport often works a bit faster. Users may start seeing results in just 2 to 3 days.

Dosage and Concentration:

  • Botox®: Botox® has a higher concentration of botulinum toxin, which means it’s typically used in smaller doses.
  • Dysport: Dysport is more diluted, so a higher volume is often required to achieve similar effects.

Diffusion and Spread:

  • Botox®: Botox® tends to stay where it’s injected, offering targeted treatment.
  • Dysport: Dysport spreads a bit more, which can benefit larger areas but requires a skilled hand for precise application.

Duration of Effects:

  • Botox®: The effects of Botox® usually last about 3 to 6 months.
  • Dysport: Dysport also lasts about 3 to 6 months, though some users report that the effects might fade sooner.

Ideal Usage:

  • Botox®: Ideal for treating specific, smaller areas like crow’s feet or the “11” lines between eyebrows.
  • Dysport: Can be more suitable for larger areas or a more diffused smoothing effect.

Botox And Dysport Procedure

Typically, a Botox® or Dysport session starts with a consultation. This is where the practitioner will discuss your goals, examine the areas you want to treat, and determine the best approach. They’ll also review your medical history to ensure the treatment is safe.

The actual injection process is relatively swift and straightforward. The areas to be treated are cleaned, and sometimes a topical anesthetic or ice might be used to numb the skin, though many find the discomfort minimal. The practitioner then carefully injects the Botox® or Dysport into the targeted facial muscles using a fine needle. Precision is key here; it’s all about relaxing specific muscles while keeping others active to maintain natural facial expressions.

The whole process usually takes up to 15 to 20 minutes. One of the big appeals of these treatments is there’s no downtime. You can literally have the procedure done during a lunch break and return to your daily activities immediately.


It’s generally recommended to avoid rubbing or massaging the treated areas for at least 24 hours after the procedure. This is to prevent the product from spreading to unintended muscles. You’ll also want to stay upright for a few hours post-treatment; lying down too soon might cause the product to migrate.

Strenuous physical activities or exercise should be held for a day or two. These activities increase blood flow, which could diffuse the product more than desired. This is all about ensuring the Botox® or Dysport stays exactly where it’s meant to be for maximum effectiveness.

Some people might experience mild redness, swelling, or bruising at the injection sites. This is normal and usually subsides within a few days. Applying a cold compress gently can help reduce swelling and provide relief.

It’s also a good idea to avoid alcohol and blood-thinning medications like aspirin for a couple of days before and after your treatment, as these can increase the risk of bruising.

Sun exposure and heat can cause swelling or redness, so it’s wise to avoid prolonged sun exposure, tanning beds, and saunas for a few days after your treatment. And, of course, always use sunscreen to protect your skin, especially in the treated areas.


Ready to take the next step towards a more youthful and refreshed appearance? At Movel Medical Aesthetics, we’re committed to helping you achieve your aesthetic goals with the utmost care and professionalism. Whether you’re considering Botox®, Dysport, or other cosmetic options, our team can guide you. Start your assessment by contacting us today to discover how we can tailor our treatments to your needs and desires. It’s time to embrace a more confident and radiant you with Movel Medical Aesthetics. 

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