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What is Baby Botox and is it Better than Regular Botox?

Posted December 17, 2021
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When requesting a Baby Botox treatment, it means using the same anti-wrinkle formulation but with a lower dosage. It doesn’t have anything to do with actual babies (thank goodness!). You are essentially asking for micro doses of Botox, spread throughout the face. 

A Baby Botox procedure uses about half the dosage amount of Botox compared to regular treatment. It targets different areas of the face that are prone to producing wrinkles rather than focusing on one area. 

The lower dosage of Botox allows for facial movements to be less active but not paralyzed, which is why it has become so popular with patients in their 20’s or 30’s. They refer to this Botox injections method as the “barely there Botox” and categorized as a preventative procedure against future wrinkles and lines. 

So, let’s take a deeper look into what makes this facial rejuvenation procedure so popular and what type of results you can expect with a Baby Botox treatment. 

Let’s start with the basics first. What is Botox? 

What is Botox? 

Botox is a patented medication produced by Allergan and approved by the FDA to help smooth and lessen the wrinkles for various parts of the face. 

Botox is a toxin made from a bacteria; botulinum toxin type A. Botulinum blocks the signals to your nerves that make your muscles contract. When injected into a muscle near a wrinkle, the neuromuscular blockers relax muscle contractions, limiting the movement to allow the skin to appear smoother and wrinkle-free.

What is Baby Botox? 

A baby Botox treatment refers to a lower dosage amount of Botox given during the treatment. For example, ten units are injected into an area instead of the typical 25 units. The smaller doses can still affect the movement but doesn’t completely stop or paralyze the muscle. 

Considered as a preventative measure against future creases and wrinkles, the method behind a Baby Botox treatment covers various areas of the face such as the forehead, frown lines, brow area, and corners of the eyes. With so many injection sites but at a lower dosage, it slows the movement of active muscles from making wrinkles but still allows for overall facial expressions to occur. 

What are the Benefits of a Baby Botox Treatment? 

  • Prevents wrinkles, lines, and creases from forming
  • Natural-looking and appearance
  • Facial movement is less but not frozen
  • Cost less due to lower dose amount

What to Expect with Baby Botox Procedure 

What to Expect with Baby BotoxA baby Botox procedure is an outpatient doctor’s visit with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist. The visit could take 15-30 minutes, depending on how many areas are treated. 

Here is a general step-by-step procedure for Botox injections: 

  • The face will be sterilized with an alcohol wipe and, depending on the provider, may apply a mild anesthetic to help ease the pain from the injections. 
  • The doctor will administer the micro doses of Botox in the agreed-upon areas of the face. 
  • The patient is free to resume normal but non-strenuous activities for the remainder of the day.

It is normal for a patient to have some redness and slight swelling around the injection sites but should subside 24-48 hours of the procedure. 

How Long Do Results Last from a Baby Botox Treatment?

A lower dosage of Botox means the results do not last as long as the regular dose amount. Baby Botox results typically last two to three months (about half the timing of regular results). It will also require repeated touchups to prevent wrinkles and lines from slowly appearing. 

How Can I get a Baby Botox Look?

The smaller amount of Botox isn’t the only critical component to getting a baby Botox treatment. Working with a highly-trained practitioner experienced with giving micro-injections in precise areas will be vital to achieving a natural feeling and overall look for the face. 

When searching for a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist, ask for the following information: 

  • Before and after pictures of Baby Botox patients
  • How long have they been offering this method of Botox procedure?
  • General philosophy about micro-doses of Botox

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A baby Botox treatment aims to achieve a refreshed look, not frozen, and falls into the category of preventative practice against wrinkles on the face and neck. The dosage is lower than a typical injection, so this may not be ideal for a person who has noticeably aging and loose skin. 

We recommend consulting with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist to examine if your skin condition would benefit from a Baby Botox treatment. 

Find a board-certified cosmetic practitioner in your area with our "Find a Doctor" navigation tool. 

- VM

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