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    Botox vs. Dysport

    Botox vs. Dysport

    Botox injection - Woman in cosmetic medicine treatmentBotox and Dysport are two highly popular facial anti-aging injectables that are based on botulinum toxin. The treatments may be recommended for suitable candidates who seek reduction of wrinkles and lines on the face, but are not ready for facial cosmetic surgery.

    While both Botox and Dysport operate on the same treatment principle of muscle immobilization through injectable administering of botulinum neurotoxin, but these treatments are also distinct from each other in some ways. Dr. Eric Yavrouian is an experienced facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon providing anti-aging injectables and other solutions to patients in Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, Greater Los Angeles CA, and surrounding communities.

    Brand Recognition

    Out of the two, Botox is a much more recognized and popular brand in the US. Botox is manufactured by Allergan, Inc., which is a leading company in the US for a number of aesthetic products and devices, and has been around for a few decades. Ever since Botox was approved by the FDA in 2002, it has continued to dominate globally as the number one anti-aging facial injectable and serving as a non-surgical alternative to facelift cosmetic surgery.

    Botox was originally approved for the treatment of frown lines on the forehead and between the brows. In 2013, the FDA gave an additional approval to Botox for the cosmetic reduction of crow’s feet around the eyes. The safety and efficacy profile of Botox is very high, and it is the treatment of choice for millions of Americans every year.

    Dysport emerged as a competitor to Botox in 2009, when it received the FDA approval for the same cosmetic purposes as Botox. Dysport is relatively new in the US, but it has been widely popular across Europe for many years. Dysport is sold by Medicis, another leading cosmetic medical products company that also produces Restylane dermal filler injectables.

    Leading facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Yavrouian provides Botox and Dysport treatments to patients in Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, Greater Los Angeles CA, and nearby areas.

    Key Differences

    One of the key differences between the two anti-aging injectables is that Dysport has a relatively smaller sized molecule as compared to Botox. Therefore, the unit measurement of Dysport is different from that of Botox. The cost of Dysport may be slightly lower in some offices, but it will ultimately depend on the office how they decide to price the treatment.

    While both Botox and Dysport reveal similar efficacy and similar risks in research studies, but some physicians believe there are a few important differences between the two. It is estimated that the results with both Botox and Dysport can last between three to six months, but some physicians suggest that Dysport’s longevity may be slightly lower than that of Botox.

    On the upside, Dysport’s results are established relatively faster (within two to five days), whereas the results with Botox will typically show in about four to seven days. The diffusion of Dysport is wider, which means it spreads to a wider area. This may be an advantage in certain areas of the face, and a disadvantage in others.

    Dysport Injection Cost

    Doctor making injection in women lipsDysport injectable treatment is an FDA approved facial anti-aging solution designed to reduce frown lines and other wrinkles from the face. For patients who are keen to avoid facial cosmetic surgery, the surgeon may recommend Dysport as a temporary, non-surgical alternative for facial rejuvenation.

    During the initial consultation, the Dysport treatment provider will discuss various aspects of the procedure, including its estimated costs. Dr. Eric Yavrouian is a leading facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon providing state of the art aesthetic procedures, including Dysport. Dr. Yavrouian receives patients from Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, Greater Los Angeles CA, and surrounding communities.

    Cost-Effective Treatment

    In comparison to various other facial anti-aging procedures, both cosmetic surgery-based and non-surgical, Dysport is among the most cost-effective treatment options. Surgical treatments such as a traditional or a mini facelift can cost substantially higher than a temporary injectable solution such as Dysport. Even an upper face procedure such as brow lift, forehead lift or eyelid lift will cost significantly more than a Dysport treatment.

    Non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments include cosmetic dermal fillers, chemical peels, laser skin tightening, and other innovative techniques. However, most of these techniques will cost considerably more than Dysport injectables. Many of the procedures also involve downtime, but in case of Dysport, the patient will not have to take time off from work, and there are no other post-operative costs either.

    Factors Impacting the Price

    The dollar figure of Dysport injectable treatment can vary to some extent between two practices. One of the key factors is the geographical location of the practice. The cost of living in major urban centers will usually be higher as compared to smaller cities or semi-urban areas. For instance, the financial sacrifice of an aesthetic procedure in Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, Greater Los Angeles CA, and nearby locations may not be the same as the cost in, say, Michigan.

    Another vital monetary consideration can be whether Dysport treatment is received from a highly trained and experienced facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon or a physician. Dysport treatment is based on botulinum toxin, which is an extremely potent biological substance with severe risk of complications, if it is administered wrongly. Therefore, it is worthwhile to receive such sensitive treatments from an established expert in facial aesthetic procedures.

    Average Cost

    A single injection of Dysport anti-aging treatment may cost in the range of $400 to $600. The actual dollar figure will vary from one practice to another depending on various factors as discussed. Some patients may need only a minor improvement in a particular area of the face, while others may require more extensive treatment in multiple areas.

    Accordingly, the number of Dysport injections required will differ in each case. Therefore, overall cost of the procedure is likely to differ between two patients even at the same practice. The patient should discuss the dollar amount aspects at the time of initial consultation in order to make an informed choice.


    Most patients will have the option to get the procedure financed through a professional medical care finance company, credit card extended payments, crowd funding, or personal borrowings from family and/or friends.


    What is Dysport?

    slide1Reduction of facial signs of aging is one of the most commonly requested procedures in cosmetic surgery as well as non-surgical techniques. Many of the patients may not be willing to choose facelift or another surgery for wrinkle reduction on the face. In such cases, the treatment provider may recommend an injectable anti-aging facial treatment such as Dysport.

    Dysport injections can produce almost instant results to make the face appear rejuvenated and younger looking. It may appear to be a simple procedure, but Dysport injections should ideally be performed by a facial plastic surgeon for safe and desirable results. Dr. Eric Yavrouian is a leading facial and reconstructive surgeon providing Dysport and other procedures to patients in Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, Greater Los Angeles CA, and surrounding communities.

    FDA Approved Treatment

    Dysport was widely popular in Europe as an anti-aging injectable treatment for the face. It was finally approved by the US FDA in April, 2009 for the temporary reduction of moderate to severe frown lines between the brows, which are also called glabellar lines. Dysport can be a good wrinkle reduction substitute for facial cosmetic surgery in cases where the patient is seeking non-surgical anti-aging alternatives.

    Just like Botox, Dysport is also based on botulinum toxin Type A, which is a powerful biological agent. This neurotoxin is injected directly into the overactive muscle that is causing the formation of a wrinkle. It instantly causes the targeted muscle to go into a state of temporary paralysis, leading to reduction or fading away of the wrinkle from the face.

    Stellar Candidates

    Dysport may be recommended for patients seeking treatment of frown lines that may emerge on the forehead between the brows. Patients who are bothered by mild to moderate wrinkles on forehead, crow’s feet around the eyes, or other areas of the face may make good candidates for Dysport treatment.

    The candidate should be below the age of 65, and should not have an allergy to cow’s milk protein. Patients with a skin infection on the planned injection site should also wait until the infection is successfully treated. As an experienced facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Yavrouian provides Dysport treatment to suitable candidates in Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, Greater Los Angeles CA, and nearby areas.


    Prior to performing the Dysport injectable treatment, the surgeon will clean the planned injection site with a disinfectant or alcohol to minimize infection risk. In some cases, lidocaine may be used as a local anesthetic to numb the targeted area.

    However, in a majority of cases, Dysport treatment is performed without the use of a local anesthetic. The standard Dysport treatment procedure involves one injection delivered into five sites that run between and above the eyebrows.


    The patient will be able to notice the difference almost immediately after the Dysport injectable treatment, but proper results can be seen usually between 24 and 48 hours as the swelling subsides. The results will last for about four to six months with a single Dysport treatment. The outcome can vary from one patient to another.