Dysport® (abobotulinumtoxinA), like BOTOX® (onabotulinumtoxin A), is an acetylcholine release inhibitor and a neuromuscular blocking agent indicated for the temporary improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines. Both are a type of botulinum toxin A, but since Dysport® is a smaller molecule, it takes more unit of measure when injecting. Typical treatment areas are forehead, glabella (frown lines), lateral canthus (crow’s feet) as with BOTOX®.


What is the difference between BOTOX®  and Dysport® ?

  1. Dysport® arrived on the scene in 2009 and is now manufactured and distributed by the company Galderma (also manufacturer of Restalyne®  and Sculptra® ). BOTOX®  is manufactured by Allergan.
  2. Dysport® contains smaller molecules of toxin and therefore it takes more “units”, or volume to achieve similar results to BOTOX®
  3. Dysport® typically has a quicker onset: 2-5 days as opposed to 3-7 days for BOTOX®
  4. Dysport®  is lower priced

Does it last as long?

Yes, Dysport®  typically lasts for 3-6 months

Does Dysport®  work as well as BOTOX®?

Yes, both are botulinum toxin A proteins and have similar efficacy

Are the possible side effects the same?

Yes, both are botulinum toxin A proteins and have similar side effect profiles, however, Dysport®  has more of an affinity for spreading to adjacent areas than does BOTOX®