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Dysport Vs. Restylane: Which One Is Better?

Kristina Cadwell  
May 5, 2022  

Many people have heard about Botox as an anti-aging procedure, but there is a whole range of lesser-known but equally effective rejuvenation cosmetic treatments available.

This article outlines the main characteristics of two amazing beauty treatments, Dysport and Restylane, and helps you decide which is more suitable for your skin goals.

Dysport vs. Restylane

Dysport Overview

Dysport is a neurotoxin injectable similar to Botox. Its main ingredient is the Botulinum toxin derived from the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. Other Dysport ingredients include the protein albumin and lactose. The contents are diluted with saline prior to injection.

Once injected into the target muscle, Dysport blocks the nerves from the brain that regulate muscle contraction. This process smooths overlying skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

Dysport is FDA-approved for glabellar lines – wrinkles between the eyebrows. Skin professionals also use it off-label to treat crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles, and for jaw slimming.


Note: Learn how Dysport differs from Botox.


Restylane Overview

Restylane is among the safest and most popular dermal fillers. Its main ingredient is hyaluronic acid derived from Streptococcus bacteria. Restylane products also contain lidocaine to reduce potential pain and discomfort. The contents of the filler are diluted with saline prior to injection.

Hyaluronic acid attracts and binds moisture, producing a lifting effect. Once injected into the target area, Restylane fillers plump up hollow facial areas, volumize the skin, and smooth fine lines, wrinkles, and folds.

The Restylane brand includes a series of products, each of which is FDA-approved for different skin concerns.


Note: Read our article on Restylane types to find more details about each Restylane product.


Restylane Vs. Dysport

Restylane and Dysport differ in many aspects, including the areas they treat and the duration of their results. The following table sums up the main differences between these anti-aging treatments.

RestylaneDysport
What is it?Hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler injectableBotulinum toxin type A injectable
BenefitsHelps retain moistureBuilds collagenVolumizes the skinCorrects facial volume lossReduces the appearance of wrinkles and foldsRejuvenates the skinProvides natural-looking resultsParalyzes muscles that cause wrinkle formationReduces the appearance of existing wrinklesSmooths the skinProvides natural-looking results  
Treatment areasCheeks, jawline, nasolabial folds, lips, chin, back of the handsGlabellar lines
Results durationUp to 18 monthsUp to six months
Side EffectsCommon: Redness, swelling, bruising, lumps. Rare: Infection, scarring, allergies, blurred vision, stroke.Common: Swelling, redness, pain. Rare: Nausea, blurred vision, breathing problems, muscle weakness.
Cost$625 – $749$270 – $810 ($4.5 per unit)

The Benefits

Restylane has a series of products for different skin concerns. They help:

  • Augment the cheeks
  • Volumize the lips
  • Lift the midface area
  • Reduce the appearance of nasolabial folds
  • Reduce perioral lines
  • Define the jawline
  • Volumize the back of the hands

Dysport provides the following benefits in FDA-approved and off-label procedures:

  • Minimizes glabellar lines
  • Reduces forehead wrinkles
  • Reduces crow’s feet
  • Sculpts the jaw by paralyzing masseter muscles
  • Reduces the appearance of prominent neck bands
  • Provides a sensual pout in a procedure called the lip flip

What Areas Can Be Treated?

Restylane products are FDA-approved to correct, plump up, and smooth the following areas:

  • Cheeks
  • Chin
  • Marionette lines
  • Lips
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Perioral lines
  • Back of the hands

Dysport is FDA-approved to treat glabellar lines. Its off label uses include the treatment of these regions:

  • Forehead
  • Eyes (crow’s feet)
  • Jawline
  • Neck

The Results

Restylane results appear immediately after a session. They can last up to 18 months.

Before and after Restylane fillers

Dysport results are visible a few days after the injection. They can last up to six months.

Before and after Dysport

Both products require maintenance treatments to prolong the desired appearance.

Side Effects

Skin experts highly regard Restylane for its safety profile. Once injected into the skin, the patient’s body recognizes and accepts Restylane products because hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar compound.

However, the treatment can still cause side effects. They are usually mild and last about two weeks. They include:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Redness
  • Pain
  • Lumps
  • Tenderness

Rare and severe side effects include:

  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Blurred vision
  • Allergic reaction
  • Stroke

In most cases, Dysport patients don’t experience any side effects, or they experience mild swelling, redness, and pain.

Rare and severe side effects include:

  • Nausea
  • Vision issues
  • Breathing problems
  • Muscle weakness

Cost

The total cost of neurotoxin injectables or dermal fillers depends on the patient’s goals and the medical provider’s expertise.

At Vibrant Skin Bar, Restylane products cost $625 – $749 per syringe.

One Dysport unit costs $4.50, so one treatment usually ranges between $270 and $810.

Can Dysport and Restylane Be Used Together?

Many patients want to address more than one skin concern. That is why cosmetic professionals combine Dysport and Restylane in their treatments. For example, the two products can be used together to define and slim the jawline or volumize the lips and create an attractive pout.

If you choose an experienced medical provider for your Dysport and Restylane session, they will know which products can best achieve your aesthetic goals.

Conclusion

Neurotoxin injectables and dermal fillers are among the most popular cosmetic treatments because they provide dramatic anti-aging effects without surgery.

Consider a Dysport and Restylane treatment if you want to get rid of wrinkles and lift sagging skin. Always ensure you consult an experienced cosmetic professional, as they will help you determine the best strategy for your beauty goals.

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About the Author:
Kristina Cadwell
PA Kristina Cadwell graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She then completed the Physician Assistant program at A.T. Still University graduating with a Masters of Medical Science degree. Kristina has been working in the Aesthetic Medical field for over 10 years. She is certified in neurotoxin cosmetic injection, dermal fillers, Plasma Pen skin tightening, chemical peels, and laser therapy. She is known for producing natural results and has extensive knowledge in diet and exercise allowing her to help you achieve vibrant skin from the inside out.
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