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Understanding Dysport®: How It Differs from Botox® and What to Expect

Dysport and Botox are both neuromodulators that reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Despite their similarities, their unique formulations make each suitable for different patients and treatment goals. At The Youth Fountain in Freehold, NJ, we offer both as part of our injectable services.

Dr. Shakov is skilled in using neuromodulators and can recommend the best treatment for you. By evaluating your facial structure and desired outcomes, he can determine whether Dysport or Botox is more appropriate for you. Trust our expertise to help you achieve a refreshed and youthful appearance.

What Is Dysport?

Dysport is a neuromodulator used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Made from botulinum toxin type A, it relaxes the muscles that cause certain wrinkles to form. Once these muscles relax, the dynamic lines stay smooth even as you make certain facial expressions. By reducing these lines, you can help your appearance to be more youthful and refreshed.

What Is Botox?

Botox is another neuromodulator that is made from the same active ingredient, botulinum toxin type A. It has been on the market longer and many people are familiar with this product. It also works by relaxing facial muscles and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. 

Botox is widely recognized for its ability to smooth dynamic lines and provide a refreshed look. Because both are high-quality and effective products, we select the product based on the patient’s history and aesthetic goals. 

The Key Differences Between Dysport and Botox

Composition and Formulation

Dysport and Botox have slightly different formulations. Dysport has smaller molecules, which affects how it diffuses and spreads in the tissue. This difference in composition can influence the areas treated and the overall outcome of the injections.

Onset of Results

One difference between Dysport and Botox is the onset of results. Dysport tends to show effects slightly faster, often within two to three days, whereas Botox typically takes about three to five days to start working. This quicker onset can be beneficial for patients looking for more immediate improvements.

Duration of Effects

Both treatments have similar durations. Dysport’s effects generally last around three to four months, similar to Botox. However, individual results can vary based on factors such as metabolism, treatment area, and dosage.

Areas FDA Approved for Treatment

Dysport is FDA-approved for treating glabellar lines (the frown lines between the eyebrows). Botox has a broader range of FDA-approved uses, including forehead lines and crow’s feet. Each product has specific areas where it is most effective.

Diffusion and Spread

Another key difference lies in how Dysport and Botox diffuse and spread in the tissue. Dysport tends to spread more quickly over a larger area due to its smaller molecular size. This can be advantageous for treating larger areas but may require more precision to avoid affecting unintended muscles. Botox, with its larger molecules, stays more localized, making it ideal for targeted treatments.

What to Expect During a Dysport Treatment


Before starting a Dysport treatment, we discuss the areas you want to treat and have you make various facial expressions to observe muscle movement. This helps us understand how your facial muscles work and the strength of treatment needed. During this assessment, we’ll also determine if Dysport is the right option for achieving your desired results.

The Dysport Treatment Process

Next, Dysport injections are administered to the targeted areas. We may apply a topical numbing cream to minimize any discomfort. The injections themselves are quick and feel like a small pinch or prick. Typically, the entire process takes about 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of areas being treated.

Immediate Post-Treatment Care

After your Dysport treatment, it’s important to follow specific post-care instructions. Avoid blood thinners, refrain from lying down for at least four hours, and skip strenuous exercise and extreme heat for the rest of the day. Following these guidelines helps ensure the best possible results from your treatment.

Choosing the Right Injectable Treatment for You

What Concerns Do You Want to Treat?

When considering Dysport, identify the specific concerns you want to address. Are you looking to treat static lines such as nasolabial folds or dynamic wrinkles such as glabellar lines? Do you have concerns that are more widespread or more localized? When we know more about the changes you are hoping to see, we can recommend the right treatment.

What Results Are You Hoping to Achieve?

The desired outcome is important when choosing the right treatment. Some patients prefer a subtle, natural look, while others seek more dramatic, noticeable results. Dysport treatments can provide both when the injections are performed by an experienced provider.

What Treatments Have You Had in the Past?

Your history with cosmetic treatments, including Dysport injections or other neuromodulators, can influence the decision-making process. If you’ve had injectables before, sharing your experiences, results, and any reactions helps us determine the most suitable approach.

What Does Your Doctor Recommend?

Consulting with Dr. Shakov, a specialist in neuromodulator treatments, is the first step to choosing the right injectable. Based on your concerns, desired results, and treatment history, he can recommend whether Dysport or another neuromodulator is the best option. Trusting our expertise ensures you receive the most appropriate and effective treatment for your unique situation.

Discover the Benefits of Our Dysport Treatments in Freehold

Dysport can effectively reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, offering quick results and a refreshed look. At The Youth Fountain in Freehold, NJ, we specialize in providing expert neuromodulator treatments of all types. To learn more or schedule a consultation, contact us today or call (732) 333-5992 to take the next step in achieving your aesthetic goals.

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