A fresher, more vibrant version of yourself is something that never goes out of style—and ‘baby Botox’ treatments are one of the ways people are seeking to achieve it. In this blog, our Aesthetic Nurse Injector Christena goes over the goals of this treatment and whether or not it may be right for you.
Simply put, the aim of baby Botox is a face that looks smoother and younger without the ‘frozen’ or ‘plastic’ expression that can sometimes result from traditional Botox. A baby Botox treatment requires less of the BOTOX® Cosmetic product, which means that it is a less expensive treatment, but note—the results of a baby Botox treatment do not last as long as traditional Botox treatments.
Baby Botox works best for younger patients who have less defined/etched lines, who want to prevent lines from forming and get a head start on anti-aging measures. Botox is used as a preventative method to slow down the effects of ageing and tweak the impression your appearance makes. Generally, younger patients that present with no lines at rest already require smaller doses of Botox using the traditional approach. If a patient has deep lines, baby Botox is simply not going to cut it.
Baby Botox is also used to treat areas of the lower face such as the ‘lip flip’, where larger doses of Botox are not possible.
First-time injectables patients sometimes prefer to start cautiously with a smaller dose of Botox, but often they find the results too subtle and prefer a more noticeable change. Not a problem—two weeks after the initial appointment, they may receive more Botox to further reduce the movement in the area treated. Every patient is unique; we work carefully to find the right dose of Botox to achieve our patients’ desired goals.
Typically, results from micro doses of Botox last anywhere from 1-2 months, whereas traditional doses of Botox typically last 3-5 months. Baby Botox could end up costing you more than standard-size injections. It is also important to note that according to Allergan, the company that manufactures Botox, more frequent treatments of Botox may stimulate antibodies in the patient that reduce the effectiveness of the treatment, shortening the duration of results. They have found that this is more likely to happen in patients who receive more frequent injections.
At Ottawa Plastic Surgery we aim to achieve beautiful, natural results, which is possible with both the traditional dosing of Botox and with a baby Botox treatment. Book a consultation to discuss which option is best for you.