You’ve probably heard about microdosing, the hip new fad everyone from Silicon Valley tycoons to your next door neighbor has been trying. When people are talking about it, they’re usually referring to taking very low doses of psychedelic substances, like magic mushrooms or LSD. That’s not what we’re talking about here and we’re not going to weigh in on the pros and cons of psychedelic use. We are, however, going to borrow the “micro” prefix in order to explain an interesting new trend in the world of Botox.
As you can probably guess, micro-Botox is a cosmetic procedure that involves very low doses of Botox. This isn’t exactly standardized terminology yet, so you might hear people talking about “Baby Botox” and you might also hear about a variety of techniques being used. Some practitioners don’t inject the Botox into the muscle – you might call that subcutaneous Botox. Others do inject Botox into the muscle, but just barely. What do these treatments have in common and what’s the goal?
One important thing to keep in mind when considering micro-Botox is that there is no one standard dosage for Botox. In other words, you’ll need to inject different amounts of Botox for different reasons. You might use a different amount for forehead lines than you would for lines near the eyes. Also, the patient’s features and medical history will serve to inform dosage.
This means it’s hard to define micro-Botox as “low-dose Botox” because dosages aren’t chosen at random; they’re carefully considered in order to achieve a particular effect. You might, then, think of micro-Botox as “Botox with a less pronounced effect”. You might not see all the lines in a given area smoothed out, and that might be perfect for the look you want to achieve.
There are a couple of other uses being considered for micro-Botox. Some plastic surgeons use it as a preventive measure, allowing people who are beginning to see the signs of aging to reduce the appearance of those signs. You might also use micro-Botox after your initial Botox injection in order to tweak your experience as the first dose wears off.
You should keep in mind that none of this is guesswork; you should find a dermatologist with years of experience. Botox, when administered by a professional, is very safe, but you can’t trust someone without a lot of medical experience to administer it, even if they say it’s only a very small dose.
Botox has a lot of potential medical applications; as longtime readers of this blog know, we’re finding new ones all the time. There’s almost no doubt that we’ll continue to find new uses for both lower and higher doses of Botox. Your Professional Dermatologist in Beverly Hills will keep learning new ways to use it. Looking for an alternative to Botox and micro-Botox? The Stem Cell Facelift could be a good way to go; it uses your body’s own stem cells to rejuvenate your face.