One Millennial’s Experience
Millennial’s are flocking to clinics for the newest trend in injectables. Their goal…a natural, refreshed look without appearing too “frozen”. More importantly? Preventing wrinkles from deepening as they age! Chances are you’ve heard the term “Baby Botox” being thrown around lately.
What exactly is it and how does it work?
Botox is an injectable product which relaxes specific muscles giving the recipient a more refreshed appearance, while smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. In the past, the word Botox was associated with the image of a frozen forehead or expressionless face. However, this is NOT the case in the hands of a skilled injector.
With an experienced MD or RN injector and lower “preventative” doses you can achieve a refreshed look while preventing the onset of deep wrinkles. Think of it as a lower prevention dose rather than the standard dose that’s given every 4-6 months.
Millennials have grown up in a time with social media exploding. They follow influencers for the latest beauty trends and want that Instagram “no filter look” with minimal effort. With an ever-increasing spotlight on youthfulness and cosmetic treatments becoming less “taboo” this trend is only going to continue.
At 35, I’m approaching the age where although minor, I’m noticing those 11’s (lines between the eyebrows) and forehead wrinkles creeping up on me. I’ve decided to jump on the “Baby Botox” train. These microinjections are by no means “one size fits all”, they are highly personalized, and NOT for everyone.
This is my first experience with Botox. It started with a consult with the injector (in this case a doctor) about my health history and some pre-treatment photos were taken. This took about 40 minutes start to finish. For my first treatment I received 20 units in the glabella area (between the eyebrows). The treatment itself was over in minutes and was relatively painless besides a few slight stings from the needle of course. For the rest of the afternoon I felt a sensation similar to a very mild headache. By morning everything felt normal again. With Botox treatment the results can start to be seen as early as 2-3 days however, the maximal results can take up to 10-14 days. Mine started to kick in at day 4, just as I was told.
Fast forward 2 weeks…I’m looking more refreshed and I absolutely love the results. I went back in the office for a follow up appointment. Some post-treatment photos are taken and when compared to the pre-treatment photos I could really see the difference. I feel like I look more refreshed, and I like knowing that I am preventing the wrinkles from getting deeper.
Some things to consider before getting any cosmetic procedure, including Botox. Results should always appear natural. The idea is to compliment what you already have and to not look fake. Sometimes less really IS more. There are risks associated with even the simplest cosmetic procedure, these should be discussed with your injector during a detailed consultation prior to any treatment. Make sure to choose your injector and clinic wisely. Review their experience, and credentials, and ask to see before and after photos of patients that they have treated.
There is certainly a cost to Botox and maintenance if you want to keep the achieved look. Especially with “Baby Botox” you’re starting treatment at a younger age so although the bill may not seem substantial, it does add up with time. FYI, my treatment was $250.
What if you don’t like the results?
The good news is Botox is not permanent. To keep that smooth, fresh look you will have to continue the treatments every 4-6 months or if you choose not to then the Botox will slowly wear off and those fine lines and wrinkles will reappear. Bottom line: if you’re looking for something to enhance your look and help minimize or prevent fine lines and wrinkles Baby Botox may be right for you!
Remember, you should always choose a skilled injector for any cosmetic treatment, do your research, check reviews and most importantly make sure you feel comfortable with the person that is going to be doing the treatment.