Baby Botox Units vs. Regular Botox Units for Your Forehead

Before resorting to cosmetic surgery, it’s best to consider non-invasive cosmetic treatments that are less costly and require little to no downtime. For aesthetic issues like vertical and horizontal forehead wrinkles, procedures like Botox injections have been around for a fairly long time, used by providers to treat these stubborn problem areas. To get the best results from your Botox injections, you should get your treatment from a qualified and experienced medical professional. If you’re hesitant about getting bad results that can leave you looking unnaturally frozen, baby Botox injections may be a better alternative.

So what’s the difference between baby Botox and regular Botox injections? The main difference is the number of units used to treat the same issue: baby Botox injections use fewer units. This doesn’t necessarily make baby Botox less effective, but it does affect how long the effects can last. If you’re choosing between getting baby Botox or regular Botox, it’s best to consult with a trusted provider to get the exact results that you want.    

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Baby Botox vs. Regular Botox

Baby Botox and regular Botox injections differ based on the number of units of Botox used in treatment. Although the amount of Botox needed for a regular treatment can vary between patients, Baby Botox uses a number of units that are a fraction of the average number. This results in an effect that doesn’t completely freeze the muscles and gives a patient a more natural-looking appearance.

If you’re weighing the two options, here are the pros and cons you need to consider.  

Botox Injections
ProsCons
More prominent changes. Completely frozen muscles can prevent deeper facial wrinkles from getting worse. This makes it the better option for those with deep forehead lines who want to prevent wrinkle formation from getting worse and reducing its appearance.

Lasts longer. Botox usually lasts around 4 months, but can last up to 6 months when maintained carefully.

More range. Baby Botox is best for areas with more subtle lines, while Botox can be used for various dynamic wrinkles.
More expensive. Botox can cost $10 to $15 per unit. Forehead injections may need around 10 to 30 units, so the average cost of Botox treatments can cost $100 to $450 for one session.  

Less flexible. One of the side effects of regular Botox injections for your forehead is the stiff feeling you get while the Botox sets in. This can take several days to fade.

Risk of unnaturally frozen results. If you’re not getting your Botox from an experienced medical professional, there’s a risk of results that appear unnaturally frozen.
Baby Botox Injections
ProsCons
Affordable. Depending on the size of your forehead and the depth of your facial wrinkles, you may need less than 30 units of Botox.

Natural movements even after treatment. Baby Botox injections do not completely freeze muscle movement, allowing you more natural-looking movement.

Less subtle changes. Those with fine lines on their forehead may not need to completely freeze their muscles to reduce the appearance of very fine lines.
Shorter lifespan. Baby Botox injections can wear off more easily since your body can metabolize the toxin faster. This means your effects have a shorter lifespan of around two to three months.

Less effective results compared to getting a reliable provider. If you’re getting Baby Botox injections because you want to avoid an unnaturally frozen appearance, you might not be getting the most practical treatment. As long as you’re getting your Botox from an experienced provider, you can avoid ugly results.

Effectiveness can vary. Botox injections are FDA approved for treating facial wrinkles, but in average amounts. Results can vary between patients as there’s not enough evidence to suggest that Baby Botox doses can still have the same results.

Should I Get Baby Botox or Regular Botox?

Your decision should ultimately depend on what you want to achieve. Baby Botox and regular Botox have different results and outcomes, so it’s best to determine your current situation and what you want to achieve.

Baby Botox is typically used for certain dynamic wrinkles, including crow’s feet lines, frown lines (also known as glabellar lines or vertical forehead lines that start between your brows), and horizontal forehead lines. Other dynamic wrinkles involve regular facial muscle movement that would easily wear off the effects of Baby Botox. So, if you want a more affordable treatment that can result in more natural movement and lower maintenance, Baby Botox may be your best option.

On the other hand, regular Botox injections have a wider range and can target more muscles around your face, including what Baby Botox can treat and other dynamic wrinkles like bunny lines, lip lines, crow’s feet, and other deep wrinkles. 

The result of freezing your muscles completely can be beneficial to stop your muscle movement from worsening the appearance of forehead wrinkles. So if you don’t mind paying the regular price for treatment and want the full effect of Botox to take on deeper facial wrinkles around your face, regular Botox injections are the better option.

If you’re still unsure about which type of Botox injection to get, you can consult with our dermatologists and aesthetic doctors. During your initial consultation, they can recommend which type is best for your forehead wrinkles – as well as any other wrinkle, fine line, or other signs of aging on your face.

What Is Baby Botox?

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Also known as micro-Botox, Baby Botox is a cosmetic procedure that’s practically similar to regular Botox, except it uses fewer units of Botox for every injection site.

Botox is a botulinum toxin injection that contains a safe and processed form of neurotoxin as the active ingredient. When injected into your facial muscle, cosmetic injections block nerve signals from a neuromuscular junction that triggers muscle movement, freezing your muscles in the process. With a regular dose of Botox, your muscle freezes completely, preventing facial skin creasing. In time, your skin can eventually smooth out after not creasing for a while.

Baby Botox injections, on the other hand, involve injecting a smaller dose to the treatment area. The micro-dose doesn’t completely freeze your muscles and allows you to move your muscles slightly. However, the muscle paralysis is just enough to reduce the effects of creasing and prevent your wrinkles from getting deeper.

Baby Botox is different from preventative Botox. The latter is for younger adults who still haven’t developed wrinkles and fine lines but want to freeze their muscles to prevent it from developing in the first place. Baby Botox, on the other hand, is best used for subtler facial lines that may not necessarily need your muscles completely frozen to be able to soften and smoothen over time.  

Does It Work?

Baby Botox isn’t any less effective than regular Botox injections. It minimizes facial movement but doesn’t completely freeze it. You can still experience residual movement that can appear natural-looking. However, baby Botox has a more minimal effect that’s less prominent. And because there’s less toxin injected into areas like your forehead, the results don’t last as long.

Baby Botox procedures are best for forehead lines that have just started developing and are showing fine lines. Most patients don’t necessarily need the full effect of Botox injections to have their muscles completely frozen, as partially freezing your muscles can still have a minimal effect on minor fine lines.

However, those with deeper wrinkles are unlikely to see a visible change. Baby Botox is best for those who want to subtly reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Treating deeper forehead wrinkles, however, requires completely freezing the surrounding muscles to produce the results you want.

How Many Units Are Used?

Even for regular Botox injections, the number of Botox units can vary for every individual patient. Factors like the size of your treatment area (larger muscles like your forehead muscles require multiple units and several injection sites), your weight, and your medical history can affect how much Botox you need. Ideally, you should be using as little Botox as necessary to freeze your facial muscles to get the results you need.

However, there’s usually an average number of units needed for certain types of dynamic wrinkles. Although some patients getting Botox injections may need additional units, expect to receive units in the lower range for baby Botox injections.

For instance, regular Botox injections for horizontal forehead lines require 10 to 30 units. Expect to use 20 or fewer units for baby Botox injections. And since the average number of units for glabellar lines can range from 15 to 25 units, expect to use as little as 20 units or even less.

How Long Will It Take to See Results?

Just like regular Botox injections, it can take up to 2 weeks for the Botox to set in and give you the results. However, baby Botox injections are much more subtle, so it might take longer for you to notice a difference.

One of the disadvantages of getting Baby Botox injections is that they have a shorter lifespan than regular Botox injections. Since there is less Botox to freeze your muscles, your body can metabolize the toxin and wear off its results faster.

Regular Botox injections last around four months, though some patients can experience its effects for as long as 6 months. Expect your Baby Botox injections to start wearing off within two to three months after your injection. After this, you will need additional treatment sessions to maintain the effects Botox injections have.

Preparing for Botox Procedures

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Preparing for Baby Botox or regular Botox procedures is similar. To minimize side effects like bruising, pain, and discomfort, practice the following prior to your treatment:

  • Avoid alcoholic beverages at least one week before your injection. Alcohol can thin your blood and promote bruising in the injection sites. It can also make you more sensitive and can make the injection (especially if your provider doesn’t use a topical numbing cream) and its side effects feel more painful.
  • Avoid anti-inflammatory medication. This can thin your blood and promote bruising and discoloration after your injection.
  • If you have a skin infection like acne or eczema or are taking medications to treat these conditions, reschedule your injection until after your infection has fully healed. Having a bacterial infection on your face, especially near the treatment area, can allow bacteria to penetrate the skin and cause an internal infection.  

What to Expect During the Procedure

Prior to your aesthetic procedure, you’ll have an initial consultation with your provider. You can sit down with them to discuss getting baby Botox or regular Botox injections, and they can help you with what to expect during and after the procedure, discuss your beauty goals, and find the right treatment plans for you.

At The Rejuvenation Center for Mind and Body, our team of dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and experienced aesthetic doctors can provide a treatment plan consisting of minimally invasive treatments and effective skincare products. Botox injections can be safely combined with other cosmetic injections like dermal fillers and alternative treatment methods for aesthetics.

During the injection procedure, your provider will apply a topical numbing cream to the treatment area. For forehead wrinkles, expect multiple injection sites around your forehead and between your eyebrows. Once the numbing cream has taken effect, your provider will inject the right amount of Botox on the target site. The whole process can take less than 30 minutes.

Side Effects of Baby Botox and Regular Botox

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Botox injections don’t require a lot of downtime or recovery period. While you should avoid strenuous activity, touching the injection sites, and laying down for a few hours, you’re free to resume your daily activities. The side effects of either Botox treatment are roughly the same. Some of the common side effects include:

  • Mild pain or discomfort at the injection site
  • Bruising or discoloration
  • Headaches
  • Dry eyes or excessive tearing

These are minor side effects caused by either the injection or the toxin setting into your muscle. You can use over-the-counter pain relievers and other home remedies like ice packs to manage these side effects. It can take a few days after injection for most of the symptoms to disappear, while up to 2 weeks for the bruising to fade.

In case of rare side effects like muscle weakness or allergic reactions, seek immediate medical attention.

The Best Botox Treatments at Rejuvenation Center for Mind and Body

Baby Botox and regular Botox injections can work for different types of patients looking to improve their appearance. For a subtle change that looks natural, baby Botox is the more cost-effective solution. But for deeper wrinkles that need prominent changes, you’ll need the full effects of a regular Botox injection.

The Rejuvenation Center for Mind and Body has the facilities and experienced medical professionals to treat signs of aging like forehead wrinkles with our regular Botox and baby Botox. Achieve the results you want now and schedule an initial consultation with us today.

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