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Botox vs. Dysport Our Wichita Plastic Surgeon Weighs In


For nearly a decade, customers turned to Botox to help smooth their skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Yet in the last several years, a new product has gained prominence for its ability to create the same or better results: Dysport. This product is only slightly different than Botox in the way it works.

Today’s customers are fortunate to have multiple options to help them get the look they want. However, understanding the differences between Dysport and Botox is the key to deciding between them.

Comparing Similar Options

Botox and Dysport are both brand names for Botulinum toxin, a neurotoxin that blocks the nerve signals that make your muscles contract. When small amounts are injected into fine lines and wrinkles, the muscles in those areas are temporarily weakened, reducing the appearance of lines. Both Botox and Dysport are type A versions of the Botulinum toxin, which is the most potent version of the substance.

Both Botox and Dysport have temporary results, and they wear off within several months. Both are fairly safe, although side effects including pain, swelling and headaches are possible. More serious side effects, including muscle weakness, are rare. Botox was approved by the FDA for cosmetic use in 2002. Dysport was approved in 2009.

 Key Differences

Botox and Dysport differ in a few significant ways.
  • The Dysport protein is slightly smaller than Botox; as a result, some patients find that Dysport takes effect faster than Botox.
  • Dysport is less expensive than Botox. Currently, Botox costs about $14 per unit, compared to $11 per unit for Dysport. A reputable plastic surgeon will pass those savings along to the customer. However, it is important to note that Botox and Dysport are not always injected in the same dosages. If price is your primary concern, talk to your plastic surgeon about how each product will cost in your specific case.

Galderma, the company that makes Dysport and Restylane products, offers a one-of-a-kind loyalty program for customers. Every time you receive a treatment with Dysport, or with any of Galderma’s other products, you will earn points that can be redeemed for rewards including rebates and discounts on future treatments.In blind studies, patients have reported preferring Dysport over Botox. In one 2011 study, 90 participants had their crow’s feet treated with a split-face method: one randomly chosen side of the face was injected with Botox, and the other side was injected with Dysport. After 30 days, the patients were asked which side they preferred. Sixty-six percent preferred the side that had been treated with Dysport.
Here in Wichita, KS, Dr. Stacy Peterson’s patients have echoed the results found in the 2011 study. Many patients prefer Dysport over Botox because it works faster and better, and because they have noticed it lasts longer – 3-6 months, compared to the 3-4 months for Botox.

Ultimately, talking to a plastic surgeon about what kind of results you want is the best way to decide between Botox and Dysport. Are you looking for a Wichita plastic surgeon to help you get the look you’ve always wanted? Call Stacy L. Peterson, M.D., today. With three decades of experiences and hundreds of satisfied customers, Dr. Peterson is one of Wichita’s most trusted doctors. Call (316) 265-1441 today to schedule your consultation.