Dysport vs Botox: What’s The Difference?

Viva Day Spa + Med Spa Austin, TX Dysport vs Botox

Let’s take some time to compare Dysport vs Botox. Mark Twain once wrote, “wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.” And while we are certainly not here to refute that, we also know that most people over the age of 30 may qualify that with, “but not too many wrinkles”. Which is why the popularity of neuromodulators (Botox and Dysport) have taken the beauty industry by storm.

These minimally invasive cosmetic injectables soften moderate to severe facial lines and wrinkles that develop as we age. That’s why they are often referred to as “wrinkle relaxers.” But what exactly is the difference between these two very similar treatments?


Dysport vs Botox

The key differences between Dysport and Botox is the cost per unit, the number of units used per treatment, the protein structure, and the length of time between your treatment and visible results.


While both are neuromodulators, these two products are composed of different formulas based on the proteins used in each. Botox contains a protein shell around the modulator that takes longer to break down. Dysport contains a milk protein that spreads more once injected, breaking down the modulator faster. That’s why you’ll see results sooner with Dysport, typically 7 days compared to 14+ days with Botox.

Units Per Treatment

Dysport is a more diluted product than Botox. That means more units are need to achieve the same results as a Botox treatment. The general rule is 1 unit of Botox is equivalent to 3 units of Dysport. Even though Dysport is less expensive ($4.50/unit) than Botox ($13.50/unit), the total treatment cost tends to be the same because of the larger number of units required for Dysport.

Duration of Results

The FDA indication for how long these treatments last is up to 4 months for both Botox and Dysport. However, some patients report that Botox lasts longer. Dysport can also be harder to find, while Botox is available at virtually every med spa and doctor’s office.

When comparing these two aesthetic treatments, keep in mind that every body is different, which means that one treatment might just work better for you. Some people who haven’t responded to Botox report that Dysport gives them better results. Your experienced cosmetic injection specialist will help you decide which one is right for you. Schedule your complimentary consultation here.


Pros and Cons of Dysport vs Botox

Like everything in life, there are pros and cons to each decision. And deciding between which neuromodulator product to use is no different. For the most part, these two products are the same. They both deliver the same safe and effective results, but there are subtle nuances between them. Let’s take a look at this handy infographic to better understand the pros and cons of Botox vs. Dysport.

Viva Day Spa + Med Spa Austin, TX Dysport vs Botox

Pros and Cons of Dysport vs Botox

Botox Pros & Cons

  • Pros:

    • Botox is widely used and can be found at almost every med spa or dermatologist’s office performing neuromodulator injections. Botox is the most frequently injected med spa treatment performed in the US. In fact, 7 million people use it each year.
    • Although both products are safe, Botox was the first to be FDA approved for the treatment of forehead lines, crow’s feet, and glabellas (11s)
    • Some patients experience longer results from Botox vs Dysport
  • Botox Cons:

    • Results can take longer to show with Botox (14+ days) compared with Dysport (~7 days)

Dysport Pros & Cons

  • Dysport Pros:

    • Results are typically seen 7+ days sooner with Dysport treatments vs. Botox treatments
  • Dysport Cons:

    • Dysport is not as widely known or used in most areas, making it harder to come by
    • Some patients have reported that results wear off more quickly with Dysport as compared to Botox

Wondering which treatment is right for you? Call to schedule or book an appointment online.

Dysport vs Botox Pictures

If you’re trying to understand the differences between Dysport and Botox, it makes sense that you may be searching for Dysport vs Botox pictures. However, spoiler alert, the results from both treatments are visually identical. Both products work effectively in reducing forehead lines, glabellas (11s), crow’s feet, etc…

Dysport Before & After Photos

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Botox Before & After Photos

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Dysport vs Botox Cost

Botox and Dysport injections are both priced by the unit. At Viva Day Spa + Med Spa in Austin, the cost of Botox is $13.50 per unit. Dysport costs $4.50 per unit. While less expensive per unit than Botox, Dysport typically takes 2-3 times as many units to achieve the same result. At Viva, the cost of each treatment is the same.

Dysport vs Botox Units

As we’ve mentioned, the number of Dysport vs Botox units varies between the two treatments. Due to the different structural make up of each product, Dysport treatments require 2-3 times the number of units as Botox. Here is a guide to give you an idea of the differences. Keep in mind that every injector and every patient is different, so the number of units you actually receive may be different.

Viva Day Spa + Med Spa Dysport vs Botox Units by Area

Best Skin Care Products After Botox & Dysport

After your treatment, many injectors will recommend protecting your Botox or Dysport treatment investment with a post-procedure skin care routine. At Viva Day Spa + Med Spa, our go to routine includes medical-grade quality products from SkinCeuticals. Here’s what our medical injectors and aestheticians recommend:

SkinCeuticals Post-Injectable System
SkinCeuticals recommended skin care products for after Botox: CE Ferulic serum, H.A. Intensifier and daily Physical Fusion sunscreen. All three products are part of the specially priced Post-Injection Kit.

This skin care kit from SkinCeuticals includes three products that will extend results and complement your Botox:

Save $30 when you purchase all three products together in this homecare skin product system from SkinCeuticals (and shipping is free).

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SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic
CE Ferulic Vitamin C Serum by SkinCeuticals

A must-have in every home skin care routine, dermatologists and estheticians recommend SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic vitamin C serum as the antioxidant gold standard for protecting your skin from environmental and sun damage. It also helps improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, firms the skin, and brightens your complexion. After cleansing and toning in the morning, apply 4-5 drops of CE Ferulic to your dry face, neck and chest.

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SkinCeuticals Replenishing Cleanser Cream

SkinCeuticals Replenishing Cleanser Cream face wash for all skin typesReplenishing Cleanser Cream from SkinCeuticals is a creamy face wash that delivers a deep cleanse while maintaining moisture. This panthenol cleanser lathers into a rich foam to remove dirt, debris, impurities, and long-lasting makeup without stripping skin’s natural oils. Twice daily, gently massage a small amount of this creamy face wash onto a wet face and neck using a light circular motion. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and pat dry. If using in the morning, follow with a SkinCeuticals vitamin C serum and sunscreen.

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Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50

Bottle of SkinCeuticals Physcial Fusion UV Defense Sunscreen, a broad spectrum and water resistant face sunscreen with SPF 50
Apply a broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen every morning to protect yourself from damaging UV rays, even when indoors (unless you have no windows).  It’s also important to re-apply. SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 is a lightweight tinted sunscreen provides mineral protection and enhances your natural skin tone to boost the appearance of radiance.

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At night, opt for a retinoid — ideally prescription — which helps to build collagen, can minimize pores, and even tone and pigment. Peptides are also key to boosting production of collagen and elastin.


Botox & Dysport Specials in Austin

New to Botox or Dysport injections and live in Austin, TX? We’ve got some fantastic med spa specials for 1st-time injections patients at Viva Day Spa + Med Spa.

1st-Time Botox Special

Get your first Botox treatment of 40 units or more and receive 10 additional free units — a $135 value. That is 50 units for just $10.80/unit (regular price $13.50/unit). Must join or be an Alle rewards member to take advantage of this offer.

Or plan your look for the year and save when you purchase an annual series of Botox treatments. It’s the perfect number of neuromodulator units for 3-4 typical Botox injection treatments in a year.

1st-Time Dysport Special

Interested in trying Dysport?  Get your first Dysport treatment of 120 units or more and receive 20 additional free units — a $90 value. 


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Close-up of a woman's face while she's receiving Dysport injections for crow's feet around the eyes.


So stop googling Dysport near me or Botox near me. If you’re ready to experience the magic of these wrinkle erasers for yourself in a good-for-the-soul environment, we’ve got four convenient Viva locations in Austin and Round Rock just waiting to get you started. Viva offer safe treatments with stunning results in a relaxing, non-clinical spa environment.

Book online for an appointment at Viva Lamar, Viva Domain Northside, Viva 35th, or Viva Round Rock. Or schedule a complimentary consultation.


Meagan Whitney is Physician Associate and aesthetics injector a Viva Day Spa + Med Spa | Domain Northside in Austin, Texas.This article has been medically reviewed by Aesthetic Physician Assistant & Injection Specialist Meagan Whitney, PA-C.


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