Close up of hands of expert beautician injecting botox in female forehead. The woman closed her eyes with joy. She is gently smilingAuthor: Jennifer Jacobsen, R.N.

We are often asked, “What is the difference between Botox® Cosmetic and Dysport®?”  Actually, I am frequently asked “What is ‘Diceport’?’’- Which is exactly how it looks like it should be pronounced, but it is pronounced “dis-port.” There are some fundamental differences between the two from an injector’s standpoint, but, for this blog, I will explain the difference between the two from a patient’s perspective.

Every patient is unique in how quickly they will respond to a neuromodulator and how long the effect will last, but generally, Dysport “kicks in” more quickly than Botox (like “I should have booked this appointment for ten days ago because I have a wedding to go to this weekend!” quickly).  How long the treatment will last varies from person to person.  Some patient’s state that Dysport lasts longer than Botox while others report the opposite.  I have been told by both a marathon runner and an avid body builder that Dysport holds up while Botox is metabolized very, very quickly for them.  Dysport and Botox are formulated a bit differently, so if a patient normally receives 20 units of Botox in an area they would receive 40 to 50 units of Dysport in that area.  However, because the cost per unit is different between the two, the cost is essentially the same.

Often, if a patient switches between products, they report no significant difference at all.  Both products have similar rewards programs (Brilliant Distinctions® and ASPIRE®), and we periodically run specials on both products.  I believe that they are both excellent (and very similar) alternatives.  Either way, smooth those wrinkles away!