Which product has less of a health risk: Dysport or Botox?

Doctor Answers 17

Dysport and Botox

Thank you for your question. Dysport and Botox are both FDA approved and safe to use as injectables for the face.  However please make sure you seek treatment from a board-certified dermatologist.  

New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Health risks regarding Botox/Dysport

Thank you for your question. Both Botox and Dysport are FDA approved for specific procedures and so, provided that the correct technique and dose is used, these products are safe to be used for their intended FDA approved purposes.

Please be aware that their are medical contraindications for the use of these products such as but not limited to: pregnancy, history of auto-immune disease, neurodegenerative disease, stroke, Bell's palsy, etc. 

Please consult with an experienced and well trained practitioner to ensure your safe and to achieve optimal results.

Best wishes

Tom Jodlovich, MBBS, MPH
Sydney Physician
4.8 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Safe botox/dysport

Both dysport and botox are FDA approved and are very safe for injection.  There is a third neurotoxin called xeomin which is also FDA approved.  It really comes down to patient preference and what works best for you individually.  find one and stick with it! 

Marc J. Salzman, MD, FACS
Louisville Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 54 reviews

Dysport or Botox

This is a great question! Both products are FDA approved and equally as safe and effective. Choosing between Dysport and Botox can also be a matter of preference for either the person receiving the treatment or the board-certified surgeon performing the procedure.

Andrea M. Doyle, MD
East Greenwich Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

Which is Safer, Botox or Dysport?

Thank you for your question. Both Dysport and Botox are safe and FDA approved. Both have been used for many years and are effective at reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Both Dysport and Botox have the same risk profile. Remember to see an expert injector in area.

Hardik Soni, MD
Summit Emergency Medicine Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 45 reviews


Botox and Dysport have the same mechanism of action and are almost exactly the same in their molecular composition.  That said, they have slightly different properties - for example, Dysport patients see results a little sooner than those injected with Botox. 

The bottom line is that they both work exceptionally well and are extremely safe when injected by an experienced board-certified surgeon.

Best of luck!

Jeffrey B. Wise, MD, FACS
Wayne Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 158 reviews

Botox or Dysport?

Great question. Both Botox and Dysport have the same active ingredient; botulinum toxin. Both products are proven as an effective way to combat wrinkles and other signs of aging that appear on our faces. They are both safe if injected correctly by a board certified plastic surgeon. 

Omar Fouda Neel, MD, FRCSC, FACS
Montreal Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

Which is Safer, Botox or Dysport

Both Botox and Dysport have the same active ingredients and have been used safely for many years.  There are no differences in their risk profiles.

I hope this helps.  

Jonathan Kulbersh, MD
Charlotte Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 69 reviews

Dysport or Botox ?

Hi and thank you for sharing your question here! Both Botox and Dysport are safe and effective and they share the same or similar active ingredient. Both are FDA-approved and the technique of the injection and location of the injection are the same. However, their dosing is different and it should not be mixed up. With the exception of one study which received some controversies over its funding, there is no head to head study that shows which one is better. Nonetheless, the result can vary from patient to patient and one might work slightly better in some or last a bit longer in some patients than the other, while some patients might experience similar results from either one. Unfortunately there is no sure way to figure out which scenario will be the case for a new patient who hasn't tried either one and the only way is to try one or the other and see the results. If the results are good, then there is really no need to switch and you can continue with the same product. Then in future if you start to notice that the results are not as good as before (and that's a possibility with long-term use of Botox and Dysport), then you can switch to the other product and hopefully you will be back on track! Having said this, quite honestly I believe that what really makes the difference not one product or the other, but the skill and experience of your injector! I hope it helps and good luck!

Elham Jafari, MD
Irvine Physician
4.8 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Which is safer?

Dysport and Botox are both safe and FDA approved. They both have been used for years and are very effective at reducing wrinkles and lines. They both have the same risk profile and choosing an experienced and qualified injector is also a key to get a good outcome. 

Aldo Guerra, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 202 reviews

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