Baby Botox may sound like some kind of crazy Hollywood trend in which rich A-listers have begun injecting their babies, but you don’t need to leave the country in a fit of shame quite yet, because baby Botox has zero to do with babies.
Au contraire, dear friends. In fact, baby Botox is big news at the doctor’s office and gaining momentum as one of the most popular, less-is-more aesthetic choices in 2018. For adults, that is. We repeat, ADULTS.
Not, in any way, shape or form, babies.
Offering smaller (hence the term ‘baby’) doses of your preferred toxin (Botox, Dysport or Xeomin), baby Botox is just like your regular ‘tox treatment’ with a side of subtlety. It’s really quite simple: instead of your aesthetician administering 30-40 units to those pesky forehead wrinkles, you might go for a mere 10 units, just to soften the lines without completely freezing them. We’re talking amazingly natural-looking results, but still with all of the great skin-smoothing, wrinkle-reducing benefits you would expect from your neurotoxin treatment.
While baby Botox might not be the best option for deep folds, lower doses of neurotoxins are being used super-effectively in practices nationwide for delicate lines like crow’s feet. With precision and expertise, these micro injections help rebalance and restore your natural youthfulness – plus, they lower the risk of ‘frozen features’. Bonus.
“I always advise being conservative with neurotoxins,” says HintMD partner Dr. Eric Mariotti, a top, board-certified plastic surgeon in Walnut Creek, California.
“By starting with small amounts, patients will see that a little bit of restoration can look really good. Then, if they like it and want more, they can always come back for more,” he adds.
Baby Botox is also a great starting point for anyone in their 20s wanting a little ‘prejuvenation’. The idea is to prevent lines and wrinkles from forming in the first place by using Botox to manipulate the way the muscles move. Clever, right?
So, if baby Botox is so darn fabulous, why would anyone ever need more than 20 or 30 units at one time?
Well, as we mentioned, baby Botox won’t be that effective on deeper folds and wrinkles because it just won’t touch the surface. Another downside is you may require top-ups far more often than regular Botox treatments. And as well as this being inconvenient for some patients, this could end up costing more in the long run.
Do the subtle results outweigh the slight cost and time disruption? Up to you, but if you fancy turning back the clocks with literally nobody knowing – not even your significant other if you really don’t want them to – ask your aesthetician if baby Botox might work in your treatment plan.
Chances are, it’ll be a big fat yes.