How Much Does Dysport Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 13, 2018

In 2009, Dysport entered the market, claiming to offer the same benefits as its competitor, Botox.

Approved by the FDA, Dysport, now owned by Galderma, has gained some traction in the United States as a Botox alternative to help reduce wrinkles.

Dysport Cost
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How much does Dysport cost?

The cost of Dysport injections typically will depend on the doctor you choose, your geographical location, the area treated, and the amount of product required for your circumstances.  Based on these factors, the reported costs we found online via people who shared their costs tended to be in the $175 to $400 per injection area or about $5 per unit, with some discounts available to those who would purchase more than one area at once and/or more injections in the future, seeing the results are not considered to be permanent.  If you’re lucky enough, Groupon.com often has a variety of reputable doctors in your area which may help you save up to 60%+ off.  As this is a voluntarily cosmetic procedure, no health insurance companies will cover it.

The number of units required will depend on the patient, specifically, the size treated, but for most, 50 to 60 units is ideal for frown areas with up to 90 units required for those who have really strong muscles.  For instance, someone online noted they needed 50 units for their frown, another 30 units per eye and lastly, 30 units for the forehead area, bringing the grand total to 140 units.

According to Otto Joseph Placik, MD on Realself.com, he noted that Dysport will typically require 2.5 times the dosage of Botox to see the same effects but has been known to last longer than Botox in general.  In conclusion, he notes that you should be prepared to pay $5 per unit, with the average glabellar frown wrinkle job requiring close to 50 units.

The Ovation Med Spa in Houston, Texas, for example, charges $5 per unit, with the average patient requiring 40 to 50 units per treated area.

The procedure

Like Botox, during the procedure, your specialist will first clean the area with an alcohol wipe to help prevent an infection.  In some cases, depending on your circumstances, a local anesthetic, such as lidocaine, may be considered to help numb the area as well.  Most of the time, however, the area will not require a numbing cream, according to DocShop.com.  The entire process usually will involve one injection into five sites running above and between the eyebrows.

Results are typically seen about 24 to 48 hours after the procedure and can last up to five months, but as with any cosmetic procedure, it will greatly vary from patient to patient.  Most patients can return to work immediately, but your doctor may ask you to avoid laying down or rubbing the treatment area for at least 12 hours as it heals.

Dysport candidates

According to the official website, ideal candidates will be for those who suffer from frown lines which develop on the forehead between the eyebrows.  Often, those who do suffer from mild to moderate wrinkling on the forehead are often considered a great candidate, while those who suffer from deep wrinkles may benefit more from a browlift procedure instead.

The procedure, as per the company, is not recommended for those who are allergic to any of the ingredients found in the injections and/or are allergic to cow’s milk protein and/or had an allergic reaction to any botulinum toxin products in the past such as Botox or Myobloc, for example.  Also, the company claims those who are older than 65 or those who have a skin infection at the site of injection will not be ideal candidates either.

It’s also not recommended for those with weak muscles at the injection site, droopy eyelids, deep facial scars, oily skin or the wrinkles cannot be smoothed, even when spreading apart.

What is Dysport?

Dysport is designed to treat moderate to severe frown lines located between the eyebrows to help reduce specific muscle activity.  As wrinkles are caused by repeated movements and muscle contractions, one injection of Dysport into each of the five points between and above the eyebrows will help temporarily prevent the muscle contractions that cause your frown lines, leaving the rest of your face to move as naturally as possible.  In other words, the company notes you will notice no frozen look, just a natural look, allowing you to control your look instead of the look controlling you.

Dysport side effects

This is not a full list of side effects for the product; for a full list, refer to this FDA guide.

Dysport vs. Botox

Dysport, on average, will take about three times the amount of units as Botox to achieve similar results; however, the costs, over the year, can be similar as Dysport patients often require three sessions per year to maintain their results while Botox patients often report needing four sessions to achieve the same results.

Like Botox, Dysport is a form of injectable botulinum toxin Type A, but as to how they exactly work, the entire method is not fully understood, as per YourPlasticSurgeryGuide.com.  Some reports may indicate that Dysport can work faster, often working in as little as one to two days, while Botox can take up to five days to work.

Dysport is known to defuse more, a slight advantage in some areas of the face but as a disadvantage in others.

What is Dysport used for?

Aside from cosmetic purposes by reducing wrinkles on the forehead, Dysport has other uses as well, including, treating certain eye disorders, uncontrolled blinking, muscle spasms, excessive underarm sweat and even headaches for those who suffer from frequent migraines, according to WebMD.com.


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