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Baby Botox: What Is It?

What Is Baby Botox and Should You Get It?

Celebrities often get classified into two categories–those that have had cosmetic work done and those that claim to be totally natural.

However, there may be some gray area between these groups, as many stars are turning to subtler aesthetic enhancements like Baby Botox.

In fact, while you may not have heard of Baby Botox before, you’ve likely seen it. That’s because this injectable treatment has been steadily gaining popularity among 20 and 30 year olds that want to combat signs of aging, but avoid a frozen or overdone look.

So, what is Baby Botox exactly and should you try it?  Keep reading to learn all about this beauty trend that many say was inspired by Meghan Markle.

What Is Baby Botox?

Baby Botox is the term that’s been given to mini Botox treatments that target unwanted lines and wrinkles, while maintaining facial movement. It’s also been hailed as more of a preventative procedure, rather than an overly corrective one.

More specifically, patients that undergo Baby Botox receive smaller amounts of product at more frequent intervals, compared to a standard dose. For many women and men, this means 3 treatments spaced a month apart.

How Does Baby Botox Work?

The mechanism of action behind Baby Botox is the same as a standard Botox treatment in that the injectable blocks nerve signals to inhibit contraction of facial muscles.

However, rather than completely limiting facial expressions, Baby Botox works to reduce movement of targeted muscles and soften forehead lines, crow’s feet, and frown lines.

What to Expect From a Baby Botox Treatment?

The total treatment time for a Baby Botox session is approximately 10 minutes. It typically starts with an assessment of the patient’s trouble spots (i.e. crow’s feet that show up when the person smiles), and an explanation of the treatment process, benefits, and possible risks.

Next, ice is used to numb the area before a series of small injections of Botox are administered with an ultra-thin needle.

Afterwards, patients can resume all normal activities. Although, they should avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours, rubbing their face for 12 hours, and lying down for four hours post-procedure.

When Will Patients Note Results?

While the effects of Baby Botox are intentionally subtler than that of a standard Botox treatment, patients note improvement in their dynamic wrinkles within three-to-five days. Many report that they no longer see crow’s feet when they smile and that they appear well-rested and refreshed.

Best of all, the results are so natural that no one recognizes them as the result of a cosmetic treatment. Instead, friends, family, and colleagues often ask if a patient’s revitalized skin is thanks to a facial or new skincare product.

To learn more about Baby Botox and to discuss if it is the proper approach for you, please The West Institute today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Tina West.