BOTOX Cosmetic, Dysport®, and DAXXIFY® are trademark names for purified botulinum toxin, a type of protein that has been found to have many medical and cosmetic uses.* This treatment is a popular anti-aging injectable and there’s a good reason for its popularity. Its efficiency and reducing the effects of aging are what make it so sought out by many.
Dr. Schuster primarily uses these injectables, also called neuromodulators, to help patients at his cosmetic surgery practice achieve a more youthful appearance by reducing and sometimes eliminating facial wrinkles and lines.
What Is BOTOX?
BOTOX is an injectable neuromodulator that has Botulinum toxin type A, which is a bacteria that prevents nerve signals in the muscles in the area it is injected. These neuromodulators can help reduce the visibility and appearance of wrinkles and fine lines that are caused by repeated muscle contractions and movements.
These wrinkles and fine lines are often caused by expressions such as smiling, laughing, or squinting, which many people do often in their day-to-day lives. By lessening and preventing these movements, wrinkles and fine lines will reduce over time. The neuromodulator works to slowly over time reduce these expression lines, helping you look and feel younger.
What Is Dysport?
Dysport treatment also works to reduce expression lines and wrinkles. Dysport specifically focuses on the area between the eyebrows, known as the glabella. Glabella lines are especially noticeable when you smile, squint, or frown. Dysport is a great option for those with moderate to severe expression lines in the glabella region.
What Is DAXXIFY?
DAXXIFY, the newest alternative to BOTOX, is used to treat and prevent wrinkles all around the face. More specifically, this treatment is great at addressing more severe expression lines. This FDA-approved treatment is commonly used to reduce the appearance of expression lines that come from frowning. This neuromodulator works similarly to Dysport and BOTOX. Daxxify is made differently than both Botox and Dysport. The benefit is that Daxxify can last approximately twice a long as what patients typically experience with other toxins.
Popular BOTOX, Dysport, and DAXXIFY Treatment Areas
The most popular BOTOX Cosmetic, Dysport, and DAXXIFY treatment areas are frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead wrinkles, which appear due to folding or creasing of the skin when making everyday facial expressions. The neuromodulators temporarily relax the facial muscles, and the overlying lines soften.
The injectables can also be used to create a non-surgical brow lift. By placing small amounts of BOTOX Cosmetic, Dysport, or DAXXIFY in certain locations, the shape and position of the eyebrows can be changed. This helps to open up the eye area and show off the eyes.
Why Choose BOTOX Cosmetic, Dysport, or DAXXIFY?
BOTOX Cosmetic, Dysport, and DAXXIFY have become popular with patients at our Baltimore, Maryland, area practice and with individuals across the country because they are safe, easy to receive, and extremely effective and affordable. Treatment is performed in the office and takes about 10 minutes or less. There is virtually no downtime, although Dr. Schuster requests that patients avoid lying flat, exercising, or rubbing the treated areas for three hours after treatment.
It usually takes about three to five days to see the full effects of treatment, and results can last about three to four months.* Additionally, BOTOX Cosmetic, Dysport, and DAXXIFY treatments should be repeated every few months to help patients maintain their results. The risks are small and primarily consist of some bruising, mild swelling, headaches, and occasional fatigue have been described.* Rarely, a droopy upper eyelid can develop temporarily after treatment.
BOTOX Cosmetic, Dysport, and DAXXIFY treatment at our practice near Baltimore, Maryland, may be used alone or in conjunction with other surgical or non-surgical procedures, including fillers, laser resurfacing, chemical peels, eyelid surgery, face lift, and more. During your consultation, Dr. Schuster can develop a personalized treatment plan to meet your individual appearance goals.*
What Is the Best Age to Start Treatment With BOTOX Cosmetic, Dysport, or DAXXIFY?
There isn’t a universal “right age” to start treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport®. Everyone’s skin is different, depending on factors such as genetics, sun exposure, lifestyle habits and skin color. The best age for you is when you start to notice and feel bothered by visible wrinkles.
I had an amazing experience. The staff was unbelievably nice, supportive and responsive to all my questions. Everyone was professional and friendly and helped me feel I had made the right decision. The process had been well explained and I felt well prepared. Painlessly, I was able to watch a couple of episodes of a new favorite show on Netflix while undergoing my cool sculpting procedure. I also had a little botox for the first time between my brows. I was afraid of looking strange but Dr. Schuster injected the perfect amount to relax my brow but still have some movement. I am loving my improvements! I would highly recommend Dr. Schuster and his office to anyone interested in a little "nip and tuck"!!! - Sharon S.
The Differences Between BOTOX Cosmetic, Dysport, and DAXXIFY
BOTOX Cosmetic and Dysport are botulinum toxin type A proteins and behave very similarly, while DAXXIFY uses a peptide protein attached to the neurotoxin. Each treatment has several distinct differences:
- BOTOX Cosmetic was FDA-approved years before Dysport.
- BOTOX and Dysport injectables are dosed differently.
- Dysport and DAXXIFY results may appear one to two days earlier than BOTOX Cosmetic results.
- Dysport tends to diffuse, or spread, over a wider area than BOTOX Cosmetic.
- DAXXIFY typically lasts longer than BOTOX and Dysport.
- DAXXIFY is considered a vegan neurotoxin while BOTOX and Dysport aren’t.
Are BOTOX Cosmetic, Dysport, and DAXXIFY Dosed in Similar Quantities?
BOTOX Cosmetic, Dysport, and DAXXIFY are not equivalent. Although experts haven’t conclusively agreed on a ratio, the most commonly accepted ratio is 2.5 or 3 units of Dysport to 1 unit of BOTOX Cosmetic. 20 units of BOTOX are used to reduce glabellar lines for example, while 50 units of Dysport are used, and 40 units of DAXXIFY are needed. The products are also packaged differently, with 300 units of Dysport in a vial, 100 units in a BOTOX Cosmetic vial, and DAXXIFY supplied in single-dose 50-unit and 100-unit vials.
How the products are prepared can differ from office to office. Different practices dilute the products differently, so the actual amount of product used can vary from location to location. Dishonest practices (many of which you will see advertising “bargain deals” on Groupon) may even use counterfeit products. For that reason, it’s important to go to a trusted medical practice to ensure you receive the real product and the appropriate amount.
Other Uses for BOTOX Cosmetic, Dysport, and DAXXIFY
In addition to its primary uses, BOTOX Cosmetic, Dysport, and DAXXIFY are also used (sometimes “off-label,” meaning not for FDA-approved uses) to accomplish the following:
- To reduce excessive sweating.* People who suffer from hyperhidrosis, a condition in which the sweat glands produce too much sweat, may benefit from treatment with BOTOX Cosmetic, Dysport, or DAXXIFY. The most common treatment areas are the armpits or palms.
- To smooth an aging neck. BOTOX Cosmetic, Dysport, or DAXXIFY can relax visible platysma neck bands that become more prominent with age.
- To lift the corners of the mouth. When placed in specific locations, BOTOX Cosmetic, Dysport, and DAXXIFY can help to correct a downward frown.
- To relax twitching eyelids. BOTOX Cosmetic and Dysport have been shown to treat blepharospasm (i.e., involuntary closing of the eyelids or uncontrolled blinking).
What is the Nefertiti Lift?
The Nefertiti Lift is a non-surgical treatment using BOTOX Cosmetic, Dysport, or DAXXIFY to relax the neck bands.
- Helps elongate and narrow the neck.
- Helps with jawline.
- Great for big events where you’ll be smiling often.
- If you have strong neck muscles and want to soften them.
- Helps soften neck wrinkles.
Before & After Nefertiti Lift
Possible Risks of BOTOX Cosmetic, Dysport, and DAXXIFY
One of the possible risks of using BOTOX Cosmetic, Dysport, and DAXXIFY for these uses is that the product can spread farther than intended, causing problems like muscle weakness, visual disturbances, trouble breathing, and difficulty swallowing. For this reason, it’s crucial to work with a qualified and experienced injector.
Schedule an Appointment Today
For more information on BOTOX Cosmetic, Dysport, or DAXXIFY, please contact Baltimore, Maryland area plastic surgeon Ronald Schuster, MD, today to schedule a personalized consultation. Dr. Schuster and his team of healthcare professionals are dedicated to helping you reach your aesthetic and beauty goals! Call 410-902-9800 or fill out the form on our contact page. Our practice looks forward to serving you!
*Individual results may vary