WHAT IS MICRO-BOTOX?

Botulinum toxin A is a neurotoxin that is used to fight one of the most common signs of aging: wrinkles. While botox is an amazing treatment that offers a variety of benefits, it has developed a reputation for limiting muscle movement and “freezing” facial expressions. Though many patients love that frozen look, it’s not for everyone, which is why Dr. Schwarzburg offers a diluted form of the toxin, referred to as Micro-botox.

Micro-Botox, also called baby botox, is a mixture of botulinum toxin and sterile saline, that allows patients to gently eliminate and prevent fine lines and deeper wrinkles without limiting their facial expressions.

Whether you are a younger patient who is only looking for preventative measures, or an actor who wants to look and feel their best, but wants to be able to raise their eyebrows, Baby botox is an excellent option.

Micro-botox is FDA approved for the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles and has been clinically tested and proven to be both safe and effective in its ability to do so, without the loss of expression.

Neurotoxins are well known for their ability to relax the facial muscles, reducing facial rhytids in their tracks. While general botulinum toxins injections are FDA approved, safe, and effective, many patients choose to opt for a more subtle version of this popular treatment: Micro-botox.

It is a form of diluted neuromodulator, which can be injected both intramuscularly and intradermally to treat static and dynamic wrinkles, prevent premature formation of rhytids, and additionally reduce pore size, sweat gland activity, and sebaceous gland size.

Micro-botox treatment is minimally invasive and is well-known amongst the Millenials by its “baby botox” moniker, which is used as a preventative tool against skin aging.

Baby Botox

HOW DOES BABY BOTOX WORK?

Micro-botox can be injected either deep into the muscle, or superficially into the dermis. The type of injection utilized is based on the desired results of an individual patient.

For muscle relaxation and wrinkle treatment, botulinum toxin is injected into facial muscles in the area of concern to block neurotransmitters. This in turn reduces the appearance of old wrinkles and prevents the formation of new ones.

For skin-oriented neurotoxin injections, micro-botox droplets are injected into superficial layers of the dermis, resulting in a reduction of pores and sweat gland size for an overall smoother and more refreshed appearance.

  • How to dilute Botox?
    Onabotulinum toxin type A is diluted with sterile saline. Dr. Schwarzburg is a board-certified physician with over a decade of experience in cosmetic medicine and has learned to master the creation of the ideal custom dilution of onabotulinum toxin type A, for each of his patients.
  • Can you microneedle with Botox?
    One form of administering neurotoxin intradermally is through the use of a microneedling tool to inject either diluted botox, or another neurotoxin-containing solution designed to treat skin irregularities and imperfections. Two such microneedling treatments include Mesotherapy and AquaGold.
  • What is Gold Baby Botox?
    Also called AquaGold, this is a minimally invasive skin infusion treatment to deliver a solution made of botox, hyaluronic acid (such as Juvederm or Restylane), vitamin C, and peptides, using a tiny hand-held microneedling tool equipped with several 24-karat gold needles. As these tiny needles puncture the skin, microchannels are created in the epidermis and dermis, allowing the solution to properly absorb, resulting in facial rejuvenation and restoration.
  • What is a Botox facial?
    Botox facial involves the intradermal administration of microdroplets of neurotoxin for facial revitalization. This can be accomplished through injection, or microneedling treatments. It differs from conventional botox, as it is not injected into the underlying muscle to paralyze the area of concern, but into the skin, to reduce pore size, and infuse the skin with rejuvenating ingredients and vitamins.

WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR MICRO-BOTOX TREATMENT?

If you are looking to treat fine lines in more delicate areas, such as crow’s feet for a subtle and natural result, then entry level neuromodulator may be a good option for you. If you want the results of botulinum toxin, but without being frozen, micro-botox is a better choice. This is a treatment of choice for patients who want a balance between having a full range of facial expressions and halting the progression of skin aging.

Low-dose botox is particularly popular in younger patients, who have not yet developed deep static wrinkles, but want to prevent them from forming in the first place.

Entry-level botox is also ideal for patients who are looking to reduce pore size or treat excessive sweating (also known as hyperhidrosis), oil production, and even active acne breakouts, as it addresses sweat and oil glands as well.

WHAT IS A BABY BOTOX PROCEDURE LIKE?

You will start off with a consultation with Dr. Schwarzburg to discuss your overall goals, medical history, questions, and concerns. At this time, Dr. Schwarzburg will determine whether the neurotoxin should be administered by intramuscular injection, or using a microneedling tool to infuse the product into your skin.

  • If the former option is chosen, the treatment area will be sanitized with alcohol, injection points will be marked, and the micro-dose of neuromodulator injected.
  • If the latter option is chosen, then your face will be sanitized using alcohol and a topical numbing cream applied. Once the numbing cream has settled (within 15 – 20 minutes), Dr. Schwarzburg will use a microneedling tool to infuse your skin with a custom-made neurotoxin solution.

DOES BABY BOTOX HURT?

If injected intramuscularly, it is fairly painless. Intradermal microneedle administered botulinum toxin droplets typically require a topical anesthetic to reduce discomfort since the treatment typically takes slightly longer and involves several tiny needles puncturing the skin.

HOW LONG IS BABY BOTOX PROCEDURE?

It can take anywhere from 5 – 30 minutes, depending on how much product is injected. When administered using a microneedling device, it typically takes up to 30 minutes due to the time needed for the numbing cream to settle.

IS THERE AFTERCARE FOR MICRO-BOTOX TREATMENT?

Micro-neurotoxin procedure is minimally invasive and does not involve any aftercare. You may want to avoid vigorous exercise or rubbing the treated area for the first 24 hours, to avoid migration of botulinum toxin medication or additional swelling or bruising.

If you get a treatment that utilizes a microneedling device, such as AquaGold, you will be advised to moisturize your skin as much as possible to prevent it from becoming dry.

ARE THERE ANY RISKS AND SIDE EFFECTS WITH BABY BOTOX?

This neurotoxin procedure comes with minimal risks and side effects including swelling, redness, and bruising around the treatment area.

More serious but rare side effects include blurred vision and non-target diffusion, in which the active ingredients migrate causing asymmetry. This however wears off as the botulinum toxin itself only lasts up to 3 months.

Nevertheless, it is important that your treatment is performed by an experienced medical professional, such as a board-certified plastic surgeon, who has a superior understanding of the human anatomy and how botox works.

WHAT IS THE DOWNTIME AFTER BABY BOTOX?

There is no downtime after your baby neurotoxin procedure. The main thing to keep in mind is that heat and exercise can increase swelling and bruising, which is why the two should be avoided for 24 hours post-treatment if possible.

WHAT WILL MY BABY BOTOX BEFORE AND AFTER RESULTS LOOK LIKE?

Before your baby botulinum toxin, you may have fine lines or large pores that you would like to minimize. After your micro botox treatment, the lines will be eliminated and prevented from forming further. You may also notice a decrease in the size of your pores along with an overall smoother skin texture. If you like your results and would like to maintain them, do keep in mind that routine touch-up appointments are necessary.

Unlike traditional, full dose neurotoxin, micro-version of neuromodulator therapy will not leave your face frozen, allowing you to make a full range of facial expressions. Hence, the results consistently look natural and not overdone. If you have acne prone skin, you may be able to eliminate some of the oiliness using microinjections as it blocks over-secretion in oil and sweat glands.

HOW MUCH DOES MICRO-BOTOX COST?

The procedure can cost anywhere from $100 to $600 or more, depending on how many units of Botox are needed and how the treatment is administered.

DOES MICRO-BOTOX WORK?

Micro-botulinum toxin has been clinically proven to be an effective method to treat the beginning stages of photo-aging as well as improve the quality of the skin by decreasing oil secretion and shrinking large pores with regular treatments.

IS MICRO BOTOX SAFE?

This modified version of the neurotoxin is a diluted form of botox and is safe for intramuscular and intradermal use as long as it is administered by a board-certified cosmetic physician.

TAKEAWAY

Baby Botox is a form of neurotoxin therapy that can be used for people who want natural-looking botox results to reduce fine lines and wrinkles or prevent them from forming. It can also be administered using a microneedling device for other benefits to the skin. Any version of this procedure should always be administered by a trained medical professional to ensure each patient’s safety.

HOW CAN I GET STARTED WITH MY BABY BOTOX TREATMENT?

If you want to book your micro botulinum toxin appointment, then come to Skinly Aesthetics on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York, NY. Dr. Schwarzburg is a board-certified cosmetic surgeon with over a decade of experience and is well known for his steady hand and expertise.

To schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Schwarzburg, you can contact Skinly Aesthetics by calling or texting (212) 774-4264, or email us at info@skinlyaesthetics.com.