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Dysport or Botox: Which is Best?

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In life, facial lines and wrinkles are inevitable and could negatively impact your self-esteem. Thankfully, there are many treatments a cosmetic physician can offer to help build your confidence. While a cosmetic procedure is not a requirement to looking and feeling beautiful, we have found that they can help our patients feel self-assured and comfortable in their skin. 

You’ve likely heard of Botox, but Dysport is another minorly invasive injectable that can address any fine lines. Which option might be right for you? Let this serve as your guide to discovering which wrinkle treatment you may pursue (after speaking with a licensed practitioner). 

What is Dysport & Botox? 

Botox and Dysport come from the same source, botulinum A toxin, and are administered to address facial wrinkles, fine lines, and smile lines. These injectables can reduce the appearance of insecurities and limit the development of new lines. 

Dysport and Botox work by temporarily freezing muscle contractions, and are non-permanent, metabolizing after roughly three months. If you seek continued care, a touch-up is required every three to four months. Both injections are nonsurgical treatments with quick recovery rates and patients typically see results within three to 14 days. 

There are various similarities between Dysport and Botox, and a few differences as well. While both achieve similar results, there are distinct ways the injections react. A deeper dive into each treatment can help you to decide which injectable is the best option for your needs. 


Dysport treatments work to reduce the appearance of lines near the glabella (the area around the eyebrows). These wrinkles occur over time due to frowning and squinting, and may become a source of insecurity.

Dysport is used to reduce any frown lines without changing the overall look of your face. The procedure works by firming the face, which gives your skin a smooth appearance and slows down wrinkle development without removing your character. 

You may expect to see results from a Dysport injection within 24 hours, and the injection diffuses easily, making the injection especially useful for covering large areas. 


Botox treatments target the facial muscles responsible for creating wrinkles and lines on the face. The treatment is similar to Dysport, as it works to slow down wrinkle development by firming the face. 

When the muscles do not contract, your skin appears smooth. This injectable effectively addresses any concerns regarding forehead lines, crow’s feet, and medical conditions such as jaw tension

Botox can begin working within 48 hours of the initial injection, and visible results may appear after seven to 11 days. Like Dysport, this treatment is not permanent and can last for up to six months. 

Dysport and Botox are similar in many ways. They are primarily used to firm the skin’s appearance and can provide you with results to boost your confidence and self-esteem. 

If you’re interested in cosmetic treatments, a conversation with a licensed practitioner can help determine the best option for your needs. If you’re on the fence about which treatment you’d like to pursue, the following may help you decide. 

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Which Treatment is Best?

The short answer is neither; There is not a distinctly superior treatment you should seek. The ultimate decision comes down to your preference or your cosmetic practitioner’s recommendation. 

There are a variety of similarities between Dysport and Botox, and a few key differences. 

Key Differences 

Some of the key differences between Dysport and Botox include: 

  • Dilution
  • Diffusion
  • Onset
  • Side effects


Dysport is more diluted than Botox which means you may need to seek out a greater number of treatments to achieve similar results to Botox treatments. This also means Dysport can be used to achieve more subtle initial results. 


Diffusion refers to how widely something can spread. Dysport diffuses effectively throughout the injection area, so the treatment can be useful for treating larger affected areas. This also means Botox may be more suited for treatments performed on smaller areas requiring precision. 


Dysport has Botox beat in this category, as it may only take 24 hours to see visible results after a Dysport injection. On the other hand, it may take roughly 48 to 72 hours for Botox treatments to begin working. 

Side Effects

There are a small number of initial side effects you may experience from either treatment. 


  • Minor discomfort at the injection site
  • Swelling
  • Irritation 
  • Headache


  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Discomfort 
  • Bruising
  • Headache 

These side effects are minor and you may not experience them at all. If you’re interested in a cosmetic treatment but have questions or concerns, speaking with an expert can help you reach any goals. 

Your Path to Confidence

You deserve to feel comfortable and confident in your skin. If you’re considering treatments such as Dysport and Botox, speak with a licensed cosmetic practitioner. An experienced and qualified team can discuss and identify the best treatment options for your individual needs. 


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  • Written by Dr. Jeane Lombard

    Dr. Lombard was born and raised in South Africa. In 1998, she graduated from the University of Pretoria with her medical degree. She worked as a physician in London, England from 1998 to 2002. In 2002, Dr. Lombard made the decision to move to Canada. She became a licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada that same year, allowing her to practice medicine in Saskatoon, Canmore, and Calgary.

    Dr. Lombard has been working as a medical professional for over 21 years, and in that time, she has discovered a deep passion for the cosmetic side of medicine. Today, she specializes in cosmetic procedures, boasting 13 years in the industry.
    With deep compassion for her patients and a professional commitment to exemplary care, Dr. Lombard prioritizes health and safety over all else. When she isn’t hard at work, Dr. Lombard likes to spend time with friends in the mountains, enjoying good food and fine wine.

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