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Botox® VS Dysport®: What are the Differences?

Our facial expressions communicate our emotions to others. They can also cause lines and wrinkles over time. Botox® and Dysport® both relax these expression lines to let you look wrinkle-free and youthful. While overall very similar, they have some differences that may affect which one your provider chooses for you. 

What are Botox® and Dysport®?

Both of these products relax facial muscles to release lines and wrinkles. They both use versions of botulinum toxin to stop the signals between your facial muscles and nerves. The skin can relax without movement from the muscles, and wrinkles become smooth.

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*individual results may vary.

Botox® VS Dysport®: What are the Differences?

While Botox® and Dysport® work in the same general way, they have differences that affect which one your provider chooses for you

  • Dysport® may take effect faster, although both develop within a few days.
  • Botox® tends to last longer, with a duration of up to six months
  • Dysport® spreads more than Botox®, providing natural-looking results.
  • Dysport® treats glabellar lines (horizontal lines between the brows).
  • Botox® treats glabellar lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet around the eyes. 
  • Dysport® may cost less than Botox®.

Your Manhattan Aesthetics provider will choose the product that will give you the best results. 

How Do Botox® and Dysport® Work?

Expression lines on the forehead, between the brows, and around the eyes come from the movement of muscles that move those areas of the face. Botox® and Dysport® interrupt the communication to prevent the muscles from moving and let them relax. Nerves that control the facial muscles use a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine to signal the muscles to contract. The active ingredient in both products stops the action of acetylcholine. 

When the muscles relax, they stop pulling on the overlying skin. The skin can relax and become smoother, eliminating the lines and wrinkles that can make you look tired or angry. Because Botox® and Dysport® target specific facial muscles, you will keep your entire range of facial expressions. 


Our expert providers here at Manhattan Aesthetics would be happy to meet with you for an in-person consultation.
Simply fill out the form on this page, and one of our trusted staff members will reach out to you promptly to schedule your consultation.

Is There Any Downtime with Botox® or Dysport®?

You will not have any downtime after these treatments. Both take only a few minutes to administer. People can have treatment on their lunch break and then return to work afterward. Any minor swelling or bruising should disappear within a few days. 

Am I a Good Candidate for Botox® or Dysport®?

If you have moderate to severe lines and wrinkles, you may be a good candidate for Botox® or Dysport®. Both have an extensive history of safety and effectiveness. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you may not make a good candidate. People who have had a reaction to a botulinum product in the past are usually not good candidates. 


*Individual results may vary.


The first step is to come in for an in-person consultation with our expert providers at Manhattan Aesthetics serving Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx, New York, and New Jersey. Please fill out the form on this page or call our office during normal business hours at 212-960-8172.

*Individual results may vary.