Traditionally, injections of wrinkle-relaxants like Botox have been synonymous with expressionless foreheads, overarching eyebrows and pinched smiles. Now, many practitioners prefer to use micro-doses to treat wrinkles for a more natural look. Commonly coined ‘baby Botox’, smaller amounts of the toxin – at the same strength – can deliver subtle results for a fresh-faced look, something that’s become increasingly popular with both practitioners delivering it and patients demanding it.
Here’s everything to know about ‘Baby Botox’ for those seeking natural results from the procedure.
What does the term ‘baby Botox’ refer to?
Baby Botox’ is defined as smaller doses of Botox injected into each area, in comparison to traditional Botox where more units are injected into each point. ‘Baby Botox’ allows for a more natural-looking result and aims to eliminate the wrinkles of the forehead while still allowing some facial movement and expression, which traditional Botox blocks. With this technique, Botox is distributed in smaller amounts across the forehead and crow’s feet area, which prevent that infamous ‘frozen forehead’ look and allow animation of the muscles to still occur.
Why is ‘baby Botox’ treatments trending?
The trend within the aesthetics industry has shifted towards a more natural look. Patients want natural-looking results, and so ‘baby Botox’ is the way, depending on their aesthetic goals.
Who is ‘baby Botox’ suited to?
People simply want to look refreshed and rejuvenated, and not like they have had something obviously done. There is a set traditional way in which most training courses teach providers how to administer Botox, but this can leave patients with an unnatural look.
What is the secret to achieving effective ‘Baby Botox’?
The secret to effective ‘Baby Botox’ is to inject smaller doses in each treatment area, and to distribute the doses more widely with additional injection points. Administering a larger dose in fewer areas can ‘freeze’ the forehead by blocking the muscle in a heavier way. Mark out the wrinkle pattern on every patient because everyone is unique. A lot of providers have standardised approaches, but there is a lot of finesse with administering Botox: patients are all individual, so treatments have to be tailored to their wrinkle distribution and anatomy.
How often should you go for top-up appointments of ‘baby Botox’?
Every patient metabolises Botox at a different rate, so it depends on when it starts to wear off, which is when you notice some wrinkles starting to return. On average it lasts around three-to-four months, which is very similar to traditional Botox treatments.