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Sometimes we like to dip our toes into the pool before diving in. When it comes to injectables, dipping our toes in can seem like it is entirely out of the question. But with baby Botox (smaller amounts of Botox) we can see some of the natural looking results of Botox without making a major leap into the injectable pool. In this article we’ll break down what baby Botox is, who it may be right for, and how much it costs.
What is baby Botox?
Baby Botox is extremely similar to regular Botox injections. It is simply injecting smaller amounts of Botox into areas prone to fine lines and wrinkles. The goal of baby Botox is to show the most natural results without completely relaxing the muscles. It is a great way for people worried about injectables to get an idea of what the effects would be like.
How does baby Botox work?
Just like regular Botox injections the goal is to decrease lines and wrinkles. “Baby Botox” also trademarked “MicroTox” is when a trained provider injects very superficial amounts of Botulinum Toxin under the top layer of skin with a goal of not quite reaching the muscle. These tiny doses will smooth and relax the skin while still allowing for more natural movement. However, even baby Botox can drift around 1cm so it’s always possible it will affect the muscle.
What areas can you get baby Botox injected?
Baby Botox is perfect for areas with fine lines and wrinkles where you would want a natural look. It is used in many of the same areas that traditional Botox would be used, like:
- Around the lips
- Jaw area
- Crow’s feet
- Forehead wrinkles
- Frown lines between brows
Who is a good candidate for baby Botox?
Baby Botox is best for younger clients or those with minimal lines and wrinkles because it’s going to be a modest effect compared to traditional injections. However, it can also be used strategically in clients with more severe lines and wrinkles to give natural appearing results in combination with full treatment. A good example is using this technique right above the eyebrows to allow for some lift of the brow while still smoothing the skin.
What are the benefits of baby Botox?
- Possibly a more natural appearance
- Can diminish signs of aging like lines and wrinkles without disrupting facial movements
- Can be used in combination of full treatments for more control over the final result
Is baby Botox safe?
It is important to note that all aesthetic procedures come with inherent risks. Baby Botox done by a trained injector with years of experience is generally very safe. It has been studied and may have even fewer side effects than traditional Botox because of its smaller doses.
What are the side effects of baby Botox?
Though baby Botox may have fewer side effects than traditional Botox, you may still run the risk of:
- Bruising in the areas injected
- Swelling around the injection site
- Potential for it to drift deeper leading to the same effect as regular injections
Always consult with your injector about the possible side effects before having a procedure done.
What is the difference between baby Botox and Botox?
Baby Botox and traditional Botox are extremely similar. They both utilize onabotulinumtoxin-A or another type of toxin to weaken muscles. This process weakens muscles and lessens lines and wrinkles. Baby Botox is focused on using less of the same toxin superficially to achieve more natural results. Using less produces less noticeable effects but can still help lessen wrinkles and lines. This makes it great for clients that have never tried Botox before.
How much does baby Botox cost?
Baby Botox prices are determined by the type of toxin used and the injector you choose. That being said, baby Botox procedures may require half as much toxin as a traditional Botox treatment. But the cost may be the same due to the advanced training of the clinician to perform this treatment and also the additional time it takes for all of the extra injection sites. For instance, a traditional forehead treatment might be 5-10 sites of a regular treatment and double or triple that for Baby Botox. Some of the costs might be:
- Around the lips: $100+
- Neck: $200+
- Jaw area: $200+
- Crow’s feet: $200+
- Forehead wrinkles: $200+
- Frown lines between brows: $200+
How do you prepare for baby Botox?
For any medical procedure you’ll want to check with your injecting provider for a full list of instructions. In general most patients prepare for baby Botox the same way they would prepare for regular Botox procedures.
This may include: avoiding blood thinning medications and supplements (unless prescribed for health reasons), icing beforehand if needed, taking zinc, and showing up with a makeup clear face. For more information on what to do to prepare, check our Botox prep guide.
What is a baby Botox procedure like?
The baby Botox procedure is a very quick process that generally takes less than 30 minutes and up to 60 minutes for full face and neck.
The procedure will generally start with your injector talking to you about what will happen and asking you a few questions. After that they will wipe your face with a cleaning solution. Over the next few minutes the practitioner will inject Botox into the target areas. The injector will then explain aftercare treatment for you. From there, you’ll be on your way to continue on with your day.
What is baby Botox aftercare?
Talk to your injecting provider for a complete list of aftercare instructions. In general though, aftercare is fairly straightforward and may include:
- Avoid rubbing or massaging the area treated. This could cause the toxin to move around and have unwanted effects. As well as increase risk for infection (hands are dirty!).
- You may also consider not laying down for 4 hours after your treatment to make sure the toxin doesn’t move around.
- Consider avoiding strenuous exercise after the procedure to avoid swelling and inflammation.
- In some cases, icing the area can help reduce discomfort from the procedure since it’s a lot of pokes to spread the baby Botox around! You can ice for 5 minutes on and 5-10 minutes off as needed in most cases. Consider not wearing makeup immediately post-procedure to keep the injections site clean and to avoid rubbing and spreading the toxin. Always discuss aftercare with your injector to make sure you’re properly following their instructions.
What types of neuromodulators can be used for baby Botox?
Some patients may find that they build resistance to Botox or Dysport due to a protein coating that they build antibodies to (more info on this can be found here). These patients are typically able to use a “Naked” Botulinum toxin like Xeomin to obtain the same results.
How long does baby Botox last?
Baby Botox typically lasts for 6-8 weeks depending on where it is injected. In higher movement areas, like the area around the mouth, it tends to have a shorter life. You’ll want to make sure you set up an appointment for another round of injections at this point to maintain the results.
Does baby Botox last as long as regular Botox?
Baby Botox generally does not last as long as regular Botox which can last for 4 months or longer. It doesn’t last as long because it is lower doses that are spread out more.
Is baby Botox worth it?
Having any type of aesthetic procedure is a personal choice and you have to decide for yourself if it is worth it. If you’re newer to injectables or have never tried Botox, this may be an easy way to get a glimpse of what it would be like. If you would like to learn more or chat about this procedure, book a quick consult below.