What are Low Dosage Botox Treatments and how do they differ from Traditional Treatments?
by Carrie Meis
MicroTox® Skintox, microdosing…Baby Botox! No matter what you call it, these low-dosage Botox procedures are quickly becoming a favorite for aesthetic clients around the country.
In our Blog this week, we’ll quickly explain how low dosage Botox treatments work and how they’re different from traditional Botox treatments.
First, let’s talk about traditional Botox treatments.
OnaboltulinumtoxinA (Botox) is a medication that is delivered directly into the muscles of the face and neck to interrupt the communication between the muscle fibers and the nerves. Botox does not directly treat the wrinkle. It reduces the muscle activity so that the wrinkle is no longer creased and reformed. When the creasing stops the body can start repairing the wrinkles.
This results in a more “relaxed” and smooth skin tone and decreased wrinkles in the treated area. Botox is administered every 3-6 months, depending on the individual, and can prevent lines created by muscle movement from ever becoming permanent additions on the face.
Differing amounts of Botox can be used to create very light relaxation to very heavy relaxation and most clients will enjoy smother skin and natural expressions. Botox addresses the more severe signs of aging, including: crows feet, forehead lines, drooping eyelids, lip lines and vertical lines on the neck.
How are low dosage treatments different than traditional Botox treatments?
Low dosage treatments, such as MicroTox also use OnaboltulinumtoxinA (Botox), but in a more diluted state. The injections are placed directly into the dermis or the interface between the dermis and the superficial layer of the facial muscles.
This different placement targets sweat glands, sebaceous glands and the superficial layer of muscles that find attachment to the undersurface of the dermis, which cause visible rhytides.
Rows of small volume injections are done on the desired area and results are typically seen in 4-8 days. When low dosage Botox is done correctly clients can enjoy the benefits of reduced crepiness, reduction in oil production, reduction in facial sweating and flushing, decreased pore size and reduction of fine lines.
Put simply, Baby Botox, SkinTox, microdosing and MicroTox-ing are essentially different terms for a traditional botox treatment that uses smaller than recommended amounts in the chosen muscle.
A client looking for more natural looking line-reduction or a soft look might opt for 6-8 units for their forehead or frontalis muscle instead of the recommended 10-12 units. When opting for the smaller amount, treatment will need to be repeated a little more frequently – likely every 2-4 months, instead of the traditional 3-6.
It’s easy to understand why small-dosage Botox is becoming so popular with aesthetic clients. The treatment is quick and relatively painless, is less expensive than traditional Botox treatments and the results show up in just a few days.
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Nurse, mother, artist and traveler are just a few terms that describe Carrie. Born in New York, she’s called Denver home for the past 33 years. Since graduating with her BSN in 2010, Carrie has worked in multiple fields of nursing but found her passion in the Aesthetic Nursing field in 2013.
Carrie specializes in total eye rejuvenation with filler, lip augmentation with filler, microneedling and Botox.