Botox vs. Dysport: How are they Different?

Botox vs. Dysport: How are they Different?

Botox® isn’t right for everyone, which is why it’s natural that other products would be developed to fill the gaps. Dermal fillers correct different types of wrinkles, while alternative brands like Dysport® use a different formula for similar results. None of these are generally “better” than the others, but they are better at doing different things. 

At Vitality Institute of Agoura in Agoura Hills, California, Dr. Stefanie Feldman offers Botox and Dysport injections to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Here’s what you need to know about each type of injection.

Botox and Dysport, similar but different

Botox and Dysport are both derived from the purified botulinum toxin, and both can be injected in targeted areas to alleviate dynamic wrinkles. 

Dynamic wrinkles occur whenever you make certain expressions. For example, if you repeatedly squint your eyes, eventually you’ll form crow’s feet where your skin crinkles. By temporarily freezing the muscles responsible for specific wrinkles, you can prevent them from forming. 

Botox and Dysport work in the same way, but there are a few variations that make each one unique. 


Botox uses concentrated onabotulinumtoxinA, or Botulinum type A. It is considered the first, most popular, and most well-known neurotoxin on the market. It was approved for cosmetic use in 2002, but it was used before that for treatment of eye disorders. Botox contains a high concentration of the key ingredient, but this makes it thicker and slow-moving.


Like Botox, Dysport also uses Botulinum type A. However, the dilution is different. Dysport contains one third the amount of neurotoxin — though this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. This dilution means it can spread more evenly under the skin, affecting more surface area than Botox. 

Choosing between the two

The contents of your injectable aren’t necessarily as important as the skill of the injector; in the hands of a talented physician, both can greatly reduce the appearance of wrinkles. 

A good injector will balance Botox and Dysport, using Botox in targeted locations to reduce crow’s feet, while administering Dysport over larger areas like the forehead. You can also use other injectables like dermal fillers to alleviate static wrinkles, which are caused by volume loss. 

To learn more about injectables and determine which are right for you, get in touch with the team at the Vitality Institute of Agoura. You can schedule a consultation by calling 818-208-3593, or book an appointment online

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