08 Feb

Botox™ vs Dysport™ – & The Winner is…

Both Botox™ and Dysport™ have been on the market for a few years and you might be interested in how they compare.  Both products are derived from botulinum toxin Type A, both are used to relax muscles in patients, both must be injected every 3 to 4 months, both have gradual onset, and both have been in use for years – Botox™ in the United States, Dysport™ in the U.S. and in Europe (as Reloxin).

Botox™ and Dysport™ are both FDA-approved for cosmetic uses in the glabellar frown lines and can also be used for other parts of the face and body.  Both drugs have also been approved for other cosmetic and medical uses, and doctors administer them widely to smooth wrinkles even in areas they haven’t been specifically approved to treat, namely around the outer corner of the eyes.

Rather than give you my opinion, here are the results of a new study aimed to figure out which product worked better to improve the appearance of such creases, known as crow’s feet – the wrinkles that fan out when you smile, laugh or squint. Researchers from the Maas Clinic in San Francisco and University of California, San Francisco, enrolled 90 people for a “split face” study in which doctors randomly injected Botox™ into one side of the face and Dysport™ into the other.

Using a five-point scale, the researchers then evaluated results on both sides of the participants’ faces; the patients themselves were also asked to indicate which side they preferred. According to the researchers’ measure, Dysport™ improved the appearance of crow’s feet significantly better than Botox™ did.

At the 30-day mark, about two-thirds of participants said they also favored the side that had been treated with Dysport. But the difference was seen only when users contracted their facial muscles as much as possible. There was no difference in appearance when faces were at rest.

It was generally agreed that Dysport:

  1. Acts quicker (it starts to work within 2 days vs 3-5 with Botox)
  2. Has more spread (will get more area involved than Botox™ meaning you get more wrinkles covered
  3. With repeated use it lasts longer than Botox
  4. More cost effective…you will always get a $50 rebate coupon if you are injected at least 3 months apart


Both Botox™ Cosmetic and Dysport™ are excellent treatments with great skin benefits.  They stings less, have a quicker onset of action, and are a better value for both the physician and patient.

You can trust your injections with Midwest Medical Aesthetics.  I have had over 14 years of injecting experience, plus we are experts in facial know-how for removing fine lines and wrinkles.  There are several treatment programs we can recommend, not just one like several of our competitors, to get the best results possible.

You might want to check out our February Specials for Incredible Deals at our Monthly Cosmetic Specials page.

If you’d like a complimentary consultation to see what can be done so you will look 10 years younger, just respond to this email or give us a call.

Remember…Aging Is Optional!  

Kathleen Stegman, Ed.D, R.N.