Dysport and Botox are often used interchangeably, and doctors will also often charge the same amount for Dysport as they will for Botox. There are some important differences between the two, however, that a prospective Dysport recipient should know about.
Like Botox, Dysport must be compounded with saline by the doctor before injection. However, Dysport is not as powerful per unit as Botox. This means that to get the same wrinkle reducing effect, a practitioner must inject 2.5 units of Dysport for every unit of Botox. If, for example, a doctor would use 20 units of Botox to inject the glabellar folds ("frown lines"), she would opt for 50 units of Dysport.
Dysport is often priced at about $5 per unit, as opposed to Botox, which can cost up to $20 per unit. While more Dysport is needed to have the same effect as Botox, Dysport can still be a less expensive treatment, depending on the specific doctor's price schedule.
Many doctors charge for Dysport treatments by the number of areas treated, rather than by units used. In the country's biggest cities, like New York or Los Angeles, the cost of a Dysport treatment from a board-certified specialist might range from $600 to $750 per area, while in smaller cities the cost might be $300 to $500 per area.
How to get Dysport: Dysport is prescription-only. Make sure your Dysport provider is qualified and experienced with injecting Dysport.
Dysport is a relatively new entrant to the United States injectable market (though it's been in use since the early 1990s in Europe). The manufacturer, Medicis, has been offering a discount to first-time Dysport customers, reducing the price for potential patients. (As of December 2010, the discount was $50.)
Dysport treatment is also typically less costly if performed by a physician's assistant (under medical supervision, of course). Practitioners will also typically give discounts if more than one area, or zone, of the face or body is treated at one time.
Dysport is sold in bottles of 300 units. It cannot be stored as long as Botox after use. The manufacturer, Medicis, recommends that any unused Dysport be discarded four hours after being mixed with saline.
Dysport is less expensive that Botox for doctors, though not all doctors pass these savings onto patients.