Baby Botox vs Botox: Which is better?
Botox is one of the world’s most popular aesthetic treatments, with 6 million procedures performed worldwide every single year. And as the popularity of the treatment grows, more and more people are considering Botox earlier on in life to help prevent the early signs of ageing. Cue ‘Baby Botox’ a term coined to describe the process of administering very small amounts of Botox into the dermis to improve wrinkles very mildly. But how does it differ from traditional Botox? And which is best for you?
What is Baby Botox, and how does it work?
‘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. The idea behind the treatment is that ‘Baby Botox’ supposedly allows for a more natural-looking result and aims to eliminate the wrinkles of the forehead whilst still allowing some facial movement and expression. With this technique, Botox is distributed in smaller amounts across the forehead and crow’s feet to avoid that ‘frozen forehead’ look and allow animation of the muscles to still occur.
How does it compare to standard Botox?
Baby Botox uses the same botulinum toxin solution as standard Botox treatment, only, it is meant to serve a different purpose. Baby Botox treatment is typically used as a preventative method whilst Botox treatment is corrective. This technique is best performed on a patient who doesn’t have many lines or wrinkles but is starting to feel concerned about the effect that ageing is having on their face and want to act now before those lines become deep-set in the skin.
Baby Botox claims that it offers a more natural-looking result, but this isn’t necessarily true. Any good practitioner will aim to eliminate the wrinkles of the forehead or around the eyes while still allowing some facial movement and expression. The world has moved away from the ‘frozen look’, and no matter what technique is used in treatment, the approach should always be subtle and to aim for a natural, fresher looking appearance.
Which is right for me?
The best treatment for you is entirely dependent on your individual goals and concerns. As previously mentioned, smaller doses of Botox are more suitable for younger patients who are hoping to prevent wrinkles or quieten the early signs of ageing. But bear in mind that anything that is a ‘baby’ or ‘micro’ version of a standard treatment won’t show as great a result nor last as long as a regular dose of the same treatment.
Being able to personalise a Botox treatment takes a great deal of experience and knowledge, and so those seeking treatment should find an experienced aesthetics doctor or nurse who knows how to tailor their Botox treatments. Everyone’s face is different and larger muscles and deep wrinkles will still need a larger dose of Botox to achieve the best results.
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Disclaimer: Please be aware that results and benefits may vary from patient to patient taking into consideration factors such as age, lifestyle and medical history.