Sixty-four percent of cosmetic surgeons report that the need for their services is on the rise. Procedures that were once taboo are now popular to millions of Americans. Some of the reasons noted for the increase in cosmetic procedures include, people are seen more than ever with the increase of social media, with the increase of work from home people are onscreen more, procedures are more affordable, and with the advancing of technology, procedures are also much safer and quicker.
Among the procedures on the rise is Botox. Each year, the number of people undergoing a Botox procedure increases by one million, and the numbers are steadily climbing. In the past five years, the number of people undergoing Botox treatment has increased by over 40%. Baby Botox is also now an emerging treatment for many Americans. But you may be wondering, what is baby Botox?
What is botox?
Botox is an injection commonly used by doctors to reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the forehead, crow’s feet around the eyes and frown lines. Other conditions are treatable by Botox and include severe underarm sweating, cervical dystonia, uncontrollable blinking, eyes that go in different directions, migraines and overactive bladder.
How botox works
Repeated muscle contractions from frowning, squinting or raising eyebrows can cause the skin to furrow and fold. That gradually forms facial lines. With Botox, an injection made from the toxin, botulinum toxin type A, is injected in the affected area. The injection relaxes the injected muscle so that it can’t contract. This softens the muscles and makes the area much smoother. The procedure itself only takes a few minutes, without the need for anesthesia. Minor discomfort usually follows the injection, and it generally takes about 7 to 14 days for it to be fully impacted. Botox is effective for three to six months. After that period, muscle action will slowly return, and lines and wrinkles will reappear, with the need for more Botox treatment.
What is baby botox?
Baby Botox, also called micro-Botox, is a trending version of Botox. While Botox treats other conditions not on the face, baby Botox is specific to the facial areas. It works similar to Botox in that it is small doses of toxin injected in the face only. The face looks younger and smoother without the plastic or frozen expression some can get from a traditional number of Botox injections. Instead of using 35 units, for example, you can use 10 units in targeted micro-injections. A good candidate for baby Botox is someone who may not have had Botox before and wants to try it out. Another reason someone might get baby Botox is if they are in their twenties and want to prevent fine lines before they start to appear.
How baby botox works
Baby Botox works the same as traditional botox but with smaller doses of the toxin. There are limited effects on your face, with less dramatic results. The face looks more natural-looking when compared to traditional botox. That means there’s less chance of noticing any signs of cosmetic procedures, unlike traditional botox.
Baby Botox is used on facial areas that are more prone to wrinkles or fine lines. These targeted areas include the wrinkling at the forehead, crow’s feet, brow furrows, jawbone, lips, lip fillers, frown lines and neck.
How to prepare for baby botox and what to expect afterward
Before applying any injections, meet with your doctor to make them aware of any concerns or health conditions. That is important, as it helps to determine the minimum or maximum of your toxin dosage. Baby Botox is not a one-size-fits-all treatment, and results and needs vary per person.
Not disclosing pertinent information to your doctor, such as allergies or medications you’re taking, could heighten the risk of your dosage. Based on current medications or health conditions, your doctor may instruct you to avoid certain over-the-counter products.
There’s zero recovery time with baby Botox. Most people can go back to work immediately after getting the injections. However, based on your specific situation, and quantity of doses received and the brand of toxin received, your doctor will inform you if there is anything you should avoid.
It usually takes about a week for the results of baby Botox to settle in. These results are not permanent, and after two to three months, the effects may have worn off.
Baby Botox vs. traditional Botox
Baby Botox requires fewer doses and less maintenance than full Botox, which makes it more affordable. It also doesn’t last as long as traditional Botox. Baby Botox also offers less risk than traditional Botox, but risks are possible, especially if not all health conditions and medications have been disclosed to your doctor.
Baby Botox in Columbia, Irmo, Camden and Lexington
If you’re looking for any type of Botox, look no further than Columbia Skin Clinic. Our cosmetic dermatology experts provide high-quality care to help you look and feel your best. Contact us today to learn more or schedule your next Botox appointment.