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Love Thy Lines: "Baby Botox"
Written by Liberty Craig   

woman with hands on sides of face

The term “Baby Botox” is one that is freely bandied about the internet these days, especially in reference to Hollywood actors and actresses. And no – it doesn’t mean giving Botox injections to babies!

The term was developed in response to Hollywood film directors’ objections to the “frozen face syndrome” created by heavy-handed Botox treatments. Martin Scorsese famously complained that his actresses’ perfectly smooth foreheads allowed no wiggle room for dramatic expression. He was upset that so many female actresses, in their quest for youth, no longer had the ability to look angry. Paul de Freitas, a resident committee member of the British Casting Directors Guild who has worked with Elizabeth Hurley and Catherine Zeta-Jones, says, “Being an actor is about expressing feelings, and if you can’t move your face or feel your lips, it makes that difficult.”

Whether you’re a Hollywood starlet or, like most of us, merely the star of your own show (mine is most definitely a sit-com!), you want to look your best while retaining the ability to show emotion. Since the inception of widespread Botox treatments, doctors and clinicians have continually refined their technique. The sky-high eyebrows and expressionless visages of Botox past are no longer acceptable. Nowadays, people seek out the needle to look fresh, young... and natural.

woman's face being injected

Enter “Baby Botox.” The pop-culture term is used to describe subtle Botox treatments, or “micro-Botox.” The treatment involves tiny doses of Botox injections to the usual areas – crow’s feet, forehead lines, nasolabial folds. The low-dose treatment allows for movement and a more natural-looking result. It also lasts much less time than a regular dose treatment. Where a typical Botox treatment might last six months, Baby Botox will last only about two. The procedure requires a different understanding of Botox: more frequent, smaller doses just might be more effective than higher, longer-lasting ones.

Dr William Mooney is an Australian facial cosmetic surgeon and rhinoplasty expert who also spends time in Los Angeles. He has watched the trends in Hollywood, all while refining his own practices back home. Dr Mooney refers to the Baby Botox procedure as “micro defining,” or treatment of “sub areas.” Says Dr Mooney, “Subtly crafting brow shape or softening some downward wrinkles rather than all of them gives the appearance of facial dynamism but has an anti-aging effect at the same time.”

The drawback, of course, is that Baby Botox treatments must be performed much more regularly to maintain the desired effect – though the lower dose does mean a lower cost. Perhaps the biggest concern is that Baby Botox in the wrong hands can easily go awry. It takes a skilled practitioner to maintain subtlety while administering Botox, and still obtain the desired results. Ask your doctor or aesthetic professional about low-dose Botox treatments, and decide for yourself if they have the skill and knowledge you are looking for.

Liberty Craig - Editor

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