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DAXXIFY vs. BOTOX: What You Need To Know!7 min read

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There’s a new kid on the block in the world of neuromodulators, and it means business. DAXXIFY, the wonder child of the company Revance, is poised to upset the long-established status quo and make a run for BOTOX’s throne. Already in 2020, DAXXIFY was generating considerable buzz among plastic surgeons, only to be cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

But now, with the threat of the virus safely behind us, Revance’s signature product is ready to stir up the waters and challenge the industry’s undisputed trailblazer.

DAXXIFY received its U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in September of 2022, and the early reviews are glowing. But does it genuinely have a shot at the unthinkable — the dethronement of BOTOX? Or will BOTOX’s longevity, market share, and predilection among providers ensure its safety? Only time will tell. But until then, let’s discover how the two contendants fare against each other!

What is DAXXIFY and How Does It Compare to BOTOX?

DAXXIFY — nicknamed “DAXI” — is the latest innovation in the world of neuromodulators. Its injectable neurotoxin, daxibotulinumtoxinA-lanm, hails from the same class of purified botulinum toxin type A proteins, sharing the ranks of other established neurotoxins, such as BOTOX and Dysport.

Just like its famed predecessors, DAXXIFY blocks the link between nerve signals and targeted muscles, gradually alleviating the fine lines and wrinkles resulting from repeated muscle contractions.

How Does BOTOX Work and What Are Its Benefits?

BOTOX is a popular cosmetic treatment made from a purified protein called botulinum toxin. It’s used to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines that pop up as we age or from making the same facial expressions over and over again.

Here’s the deal — BOTOX works by temporarily paralyzing the underlying facial muscles. When those muscles can’t contract, the skin above them stays smooth and wrinkle-free, giving you a more youthful and refreshed look. Pretty cool, right?

Now, let’s talk about some benefits of BOTOX. For starters, it’s a non-surgical treatment, so you won’t have to worry about going under the knife. The procedure is quick and relatively painless, usually taking just a few minutes, and you can go back to your daily activities straight away. The results can last anywhere from 3 to 4 months, depending on the patient.

Some common facial areas people like to treat with BOTOX are forehead lines, crow’s feet around the eyes, and those pesky frown lines between the eyebrows. But BOTOX isn’t just for wrinkles! It can also help with other conditions, such as excessive sweating, chronic migraines, and even some muscle spasms!

The Pros and Cons of DAXXIFY Treatment

As with any cosmetic surgery treatment, there are benefits and disadvantages to be assessed and compared before entering the procedure room. And DAXXIFY is no stranger to this rule. But a quick review of its pros and cons will reveal why DAXXIFY is worth both the time and the financial investment!

Right off the bat, the product’s unique formulation stands out. Unlike BOTOX, DAXXIFY’s neurotoxin is attached to a protein called peptide, which stabilizes the product and boosts its longevity. Early clinical tests and reviews have already determined that DAXXIFY patients will enjoy their results 2-3 times longer than BOTOX — between 6 to 9 months of a smooth, wrinkle-free look!

Improved results longevity comes as a blessing for patients unable to commit to BOTOX’s several touch-up appointments every single year. Just two appointments with Dr. Chang, spaced six months apart, will do the trick!

Also, were you aware that your body can develop BOTOX resistance? After repeated injections, you might inadvertently develop antibodies against the botulinum toxin or start metabolizing it faster. If BOTOX doesn’t do the trick anymore, DAXXIFY is the answer!

Finally, the DAXXIFY formula is devoid of any human albumin or animal byproducts, catering to the needs of our vegan customer share!

Now, DAXXIFY’s superior result longevity comes with an unexpected disadvantage. In the unlikely event of an unwanted aesthetic outcome, patients will need to wait longer for the neurotoxin to fade away. But there’s a simple workaround to this potential issue — choose a highly-trained plastic surgeon well-versed in the art of cosmetic injections!

Possible Side Effects of DAXXIFY Treatment

Preliminary clinical trials have determined that the side effects of DAXXIFY do not differ from those of other neuromodulators. Minimal bruising, swelling, and redness will occur at the injection site, which will quickly fade away after the procedure. As with BOTOX, plastic surgeons recommend avoiding blood thinners before and after treatment to minimize bruising. Otherwise, DAXXIFY is just as safe as its established competition!

Factors to Consider When Choosing Between DAXXIFY and BOTOX

As the rising star of neuromodulators, DAXXIFY is set to rock the market and claim a significant share as its spoils of war. But will innovation be enough to divert BOTOX’s faithful clientele toward DAXXIFY? There’s no need to fall prey to conjecture. Instead, what patients must understand is that each product is tailor-made for different circumstances, which may vary from one patient to another.

From the perspective of result longevity, if time commitment is not your strong suit, DAXXIFY will serve you best. If, conversely, you don’t mind catching up with your plastic surgeon over a touch-up appointment, there’s no need to abandon the BOTOX camp.

Longevity also plays into result versatility. If you’re the steady Eddie kind of patient, always content with long-term results, joining the DAXXIFY bandwagon makes the most sense. But if you’re constantly experimenting with your aesthetic look, stick with BOTOX.  

Finally, let’s discuss your financial commitments. DAXXIFY comes with a heftier price tag due to the technological innovation and the number of units that go into each dose. For example, the standard BOTOX treatment employs 20 units, whereas DAXXIFY goes up to 40 units per session. But result longevity will make your investment worthwhile!

DAXXIFY vs. BOTOX: Which is More Effective for Wrinkles and Fine Lines?

The effectiveness of DAXXIFY in addressing facial imperfections reaches the same levels as BOTOX. However, DAXXIFY is behind its competitors when it comes to treatment area versatility. As of today, it has only been approved for frown lines, although Revance is turbocharging its efforts to receive FDA approval for forehead lines and crow’s feet. It might take some time, but DAXXIFY is sure to boast the same treatment reach as BOTOX in the near future!

Making the Right Choice: Schedule Your Consultation for DAXXIFY or BOTOX Today!

Ready for the ultimate DAXXIFY experience? Meet us at 19500 Sandridge Way, Suite 350, Leesburg, VA 20176, or call us at (703) 574-4342 for a complimentary consultation with Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Phillip Chang before moving forward with your procedure! If everything matches up, our team will help you navigate the entire process from beginning to end! Also, remember to check out our blog and social media for more information on cosmetic surgery trends!

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