14 Dec The Rise of Baby Botox
Botox is approved for adults 18+, and these days younger and younger patients are starting their Botox journey. At RefinedMD, we have seen an influx of patients in their 20s looking for “baby Botox” as one of their “tweakments.” You’ll find over 4.3 billion (with a “B”) views for “baby Botox” on TikTok, which is simply the injection of smaller amounts of Botox than what is typically used. Botox, which is composed of botulinum toxin, is injected into the muscle to stop the nerve impulse between brain and injected muscle from communicating. In other words, it temporarily paralyzes muscles that cause unwanted creases, lines, and wrinkles. However, Botox doesn’t automatically and completely “freeze” these muscles—smaller amounts of Botox can reduce the nerve signal rather than stop it.
Many patients, especially those who are younger, are looking for a reduction in movement rather than a paralysis. This allows for what many consider a more natural outcome and look. Baby Botox relaxes the muscle as well as the skin on top of it. For a lot of clients, they have noticed an overall revitalization of their appearance. Baby Botox can also be used to create a subtle brow lift, increasing the arch.
Starting Baby Botox
If you are in your 20s or simply new to Botox, a good approach might be baby Botox. Everybody has different muscle strengths, and that is true in the face as well as the body. That’s why there’s no one size fits all unit (dosage) for each treatment site. Those new to Botox might start with fewer units and then reassess after two weeks. You can always add more Botox during this second session as you and your skin care expert begin to understand your unique muscle strength and the kind of look you want from your Botox treatment.
Baby Botox is subtle compared to “regular” Botox, but the results are still gorgeous. However, given the delicacy of this technique, you really need to work with injection experts. The fine line between relaxation and freezing is complex. For those who want to ease into Botox or simply want a less overt outcome, baby Botox is fantastic—assuming you find a skilled injector.
The Botox Boom
Botox first became a household name at the turn of the century. When it was first introduced, those who were already undergoing plastic surgery were the primary clients. These days, it seems like virtually everyone is getting Botox—because they are. And while how Botox “works” remains the same, we’ve learned a lot in these past 20+ years. For example, gone are the days when standard doses were the norm based on the injection site. Botox can and should be customized for each person, and your needs are likely to change in between appointment. On average, Botox lasts about six months (less around the lip area) so you can expect a different approach and dose with each maintenance session.
Baby Botox feels the same and has the same potential side effects (bruising) as regular Botox. The same after-care should be taken. However, bear in mind that it can also last a shorter amount of time than regular Botox simply because there is not as much injected. This is fine for many clients who want a more natural look anyway, but if you’re used to (and love) regular Botox, taking a step backward into baby Botox territory isn’t the best plan. Botox is typically considered an ongoing treatment that will increase (in units) as you get older. It doesn’t often work in reverse.
Botox Before an Event
If you’ve had Botox before, you know it takes about one week for results to show. This means you still have time to get Botox-ready for a big event. Combining Botox with other procedures like dermal fillers and laser skin rejuvenation can help you take your look to the next level. Botox has long been one of the standard pre-party treatments to have because it works quickly and can give you dramatic results.
Botox can be used for more than wrinkle reduction. From stopping excessive sweating to the lip flip or brow arching, there’s little this favorite injectable can’t do. Contact RefinedMD today to schedule your appointment by calling the office or filling out the online form now.