We had a recent prospective patient call our office inquiring about baby botox – also called micro botox. After one of our expert staff members explained to her precisely what this treatment involves, the individual argued that baby botox was something entirely different! In fact, this patient argued that baby botox was chemically an entirely different type or version of botox. Because this patient was so confused, we felt compelled to further clarify for any and all patients the exact meaning behind the terms baby botox and micro botox.
Baby Botox Units
In essence, baby botox involves injection of a smaller amount of botox than what is traditionally used to treat unwanted facial wrinkles. Let us be very clear here – baby botox is NOT some special type of botox. It is literally the same botox we inject all the time. When we say a smaller amount of botox, we are referring specifically to the number of units of botox that are being injected into the skin. It really doesn’t have to do with the volume of the solution being injected. It has to do with the fact there is less number of units of botox being used in a certain area.
Take, for example, the mid to upper forehead region. In many cases, plastic surgeons and dermatologists will inject between 10-20 units across the entire forehead to address those pesky horizontal wrinkles. Unfortunately, injecting this amount of botox will risk causing the forehead to look too frozen. Plus, it will risk dropping the eyebrows down – creating a heavy feeling and look to the forehead. Baby botox – in comparison – would involve injecting perhaps 5-7.5 units of botox instead. It is the same surface area being injected as with the 10-20 units of botox. But only 5-7.5 units of botox will be used across this area – making the ‘density’ of the botox injection much lower. It is called baby or micro botox because it is a fraction of the normal units being injected. The end result of these baby injections is that the forehead muscles will not be as frozen. The baby botox helps to slow down their movement – and reduces the wrinkling – but not as densely as normal injections of botox in the forehead. Patients may still see some residual movement in the forehead – but that is a better scenario than looking overdone and frozen.
Although the term baby botox has only recently gained more popularity in the cosmetic industry, Dr. Hilinski has been performing these micro botox injections for years! Just ask the countless numbers of botox patients that have come to our office and continue to get treatments done religiously every three months. As part of his goal in trying to achieve more natural botox results for all of his San Diego patients, Dr. Hilinski incorporated these baby injections long ago.
Keep in mind that if you happen to have really vigorous muscle movement (and associated wrinkling), then baby botox may not be the best option for you. This is particularly true and applicable for men seeking botox injection (see our discussion regarding ‘Brotox’ treatment). Ultimately, you may need the normal amount of botox injected. Dr. Hilinski and his expert staff will provide you with their best recommendations during your botox consultation. If you still elect to get the baby botox injection – and you are still seeing excessive wrinkling after 1-2 weeks – you may want to schedule a visit sooner than later to get more units of botox injected.
Baby Botox Wrinkle Prevention
One of the best uses for baby botox is for wrinkle prevention in the younger patient populations. For instance, patients in their 20s to 30s will greatly benefit from baby botox dosages to help prevent wrinkles and fine lines from forming in the future. These patients often times don’t have fully formed lines around the face – and will benefit from proactive cosmetic treatment to prevent wrinkles from coming about down the road. Because your doctor will not be targeted wrinkles to treat them per se, a smaller dosage using baby botox will usually suffice.
Baby Botox Technique
Is there a difference in the technique of baby botox? The answer really is – sometimes. If you are very knowledgeable regarding how to inject botox – like Dr. Hilinski and his staff – then you area already injecting botox in the precise areas that need it to get the best cosmetic result possible. So in that sense, there is not going to be a huge shift in the technique of injecting baby botox. It would simply be a matter of injecting less numbers of units in each location. There are instances, however, when the injection technique for baby botox will differ compared with traditional botox injection.
Is Baby Botox Cheaper?
So, is baby botox cheaper than traditional botox? The answer is – usually. But this is just common sense since baby botox involves injecting few numbers of units. Since botox should be charged based on the number of units used, logically baby or micro botox should be less money compared with traditional botox injection costs.
Baby Botox Takeaway Lessons
So what are the takeaway lessons regarding baby botox injection? Keep the following in mind when seeking out the right plastic surgeon or dermatologist to administer your baby and micro botox.
- Baby botox is the same as micro botox
- Baby botox is chemically the same botox everyone else gets injected
- Baby botox is NOT a special type of botox
- It’s more about the number of units injected – not necessarily the technique
- Not all plastic surgeons and dermatologists believe in baby botox injections
- It should be less expensive than traditional botox