Baby Botox refers to a lower dose of the neurotoxin Botox, which is injected into the affected areas of the face to treat wrinkles. Whether it is as effective as conventional botox, what are the risks and what else should you know about it – STYLEBOOK asked an expert.
“Botulinum toxin, abbreviated Botox or BTX, is a very potent neurotoxin. The bacterium Clostridum botulinum produces this protein as part of its metabolism, ”explains Dr. Stefanie Derendorf, specialist in dermatology and venereology in Munich. “Its effect is that the poison paralyzes the muscle into which it is injected. It does this by preventing the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. This blocks the transmission of signals from the nerve to the muscle. As a result, the muscle can no longer stretch (contract) and remain weak. ”So until the effect of the botox disappears, the muscle can no longer cause wrinkles caused by movement.
Botox is therefore mainly used for optical elimination and prevention of wrinkles. According to the German Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, up to 24.4 percent of German men and women have undergone at least one botox injection to treat wrinkles.
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By the way, botox is also used as a cure for most neurological diseases. These include migraines, excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), an irritating bladder or gnashing of teeth.
Differences and advantages of childhood botox compared to classical botox
“Baby Botox, also known as micro-Botox, is an introduction to the use of Botox and describes a new trend in injectable Botox procedures,” explains Dr. Derendorf. “The difference from conventional botox is only in the lower dose, while the active substance itself is the same.”
A more natural result
Like traditional botox, children’s botox aims to add volume to the face and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. Baby Botox specifically aims to make the face change less drastically and not look frozen, plastic or like a mask. As is well known, such an impression can arise with classical botox.
Botox treatment is an aesthetic procedure without the need for medical treatment. Health insurance does not cover any costs. Due to the need for fewer units, so-called microdroplets, Baby Botox is slightly cheaper than conventional botox treatment.
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Disadvantages of childhood botox
While children’s botox is cheaper than traditional botox, it also does not last that long. To maintain the desired result, the treatment must be repeated in shorter cycles. While with conventional botox you need a follow-up appointment approximately every four to five months, for pediatric botox you should make an appointment every three months.
Which parts of the face can be treated?
Baby Botox is usually used on those areas of the face that are prone to wrinkles and fine lines. The treatment has proven to be effective in minimizing wrinkles, forehead wrinkles and wrinkles.
Who is babybotox suitable for?
“The ideal patient has healthy skin, is non-smoker, has no previous reaction to botulinum toxin, is in good health and does not have high blood pressure or other bleeding disorders,” said Dr. Derendorf. “Botox treatment is a good preventative measure, so you can start injecting at the age of 35 to achieve long-term youthful skin.”
How does the treatment work?
Your face will initially be sterilized with an alcohol swab. If desired, a light local anesthetic may also be applied to the injection site to minimize pain. The doctor then injects the agreed amount of botox into the desired areas of the face. The treatment itself usually takes only a few minutes.
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Before you are treated with Baby Botox, be sure to share any concerns, expectations and medical conditions with your doctor. You should also list any allergies or medications you are currently taking. You should also avoid taking blood thinners, aspirin or ibuprofen for two weeks before the injection. It is also advisable not to drink excessive amounts of alcohol two days before the injection date.
“We recommend our patients to come to Botox without makeup. This saves time because it is important that your face is without makeup before starting the procedure, “advises Dr. Derendorf. “This prevents unwanted foreign bodies from entering the skin.”
What should you consider after the procedure?
Immediately after the procedure, if you feel well, you can continue your normal day and engage in all planned activities. “During the first days after botox treatment, you should avoid massaging or rubbing your face,” recommends Dr. Derendorf. “In the first days after treatment, you should also avoid strenuous physical activities such as sauna, sunbathing and solarium to avoid redistributing Botox cosmetics before they take root.”
How many days after the procedure your muscles will respond to botox depends on which brand of botulinum toxin has been used. The final results of Baby Botox are usually not visible until about a week later.
Risks of childhood botox
“Due to the lower dosage, baby botox is less risky than regular botox, which is already considered a less risky procedure. However, as with any cosmetic procedure, there is a risk of adverse side effects, ”says Dr. Derendorf. For example, swelling or bruising at the injection site, asymmetric (tilted) result, headache or flu-like symptoms, muscle weakness, eyebrow drop may occur.
Visiting a trained dermatologist or plastic surgeon for your procedure – which is highly recommended – significantly reduces the risk of side effects.
– With expert advice from Dr. Derendorf, specialist in dermatology and venereology, dermatological practice at St. Anna Platz in Munich
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