Products get free shipping over $75, or $6 flat rate across Canada!
We're open! Learn more
Vancouver Botox injection needles with a magnifying glass on a tray - featured image for baby Botox Vancouver article

What is “baby Botox®” in Vancouver and is it right for me?

CALL / TEXT 604 580 2464

You’ve likely heard of Botox® injections as an anti-aging treatment to relax wrinkles. But word on the ‘street’ is that there are multiple ways of administering Botox®. One of these is colloquially called, “baby Botox®.” In this article, we’ll explain everything you need to know about ‘baby’ Botox® in Vancouver. We’ll also help you decide whether it’s right for you.

‘Baby’ Botox® has nothing to do with actual babies!

Before we go any further, let us make one thing inexplicably clear: there are no actual babies involved with ‘baby’ Botox®! No babies get Botox® at our clinic, and probably not anywhere in Vancouver, that we know of!

Back to top

‘Baby’ Botox® is not a different, nor diluted formula!

To clear up another misconception, ‘baby’ Botox® is not a different version of the brand name product, called Botox®. The term ‘baby’ indicates a method of injection, using the exact same substance.

There are practitioners who may dilute Botox®, just to be able to charge a lower price. This can negatively affect your end-results. So, we would not recommend opting for this method. A skilled Botox® injector can achieve ‘baby’ Botox® results without diluting the liquid itself.

Back to top

So, what is ‘baby’ Botox®?

In Vancouver, ‘baby’ Botox® refers to lowering the dose, or amount of Botox® that is injected into a patient. Why not go for a higher dose? It all has to do with the result that one is looking for.

You see, with ‘baby’ Botox®, patients are often looking for a more ‘natural’ look. They don’t want to appear ‘frozen’ or ‘overdone.’

The desire is to either prevent wrinkles, or do a slight ‘clean up’ of wrinkles, without taking them all away. The lower dose can also leave behind more muscle movement in the treatment areas.

Another way of defining ‘baby’ Botox® is to say that it uses “micro injections.” With micro injections, you may get the same (or smaller) amount of Botox® over the entire treatment area, but the target points will be multiplied, and uber specific.

Back to top

How can I know if I need ‘baby’ Botox® vs ‘regular’ Botox®?

Vancouver Botox vials with 200 units and needles product shot

The main factors to determine whether you’ll be happy with Vancouver ‘baby’ Botox® will come down to the following:

Your age, and the depth of your wrinkles

‘Baby’ Botox® works best for fine lines and wrinkles. This usually applies to the younger crowd, who are still reaping the benefits of collagen-rich skin!

How young, exactly? There’s no definite age group we can categorize this into. Each person’s wrinkles will be unique. Due to genetics, smoking, sun exposure or other factors, your wrinkles may be more advanced than others for your age group.

Nonetheless, you shouldn’t expect ‘baby’ Botox® to work for deep wrinkles and folds.

Back to top

Whether or not you want to use Botox® to prevent wrinkles, not just treat them

This point falls in line with the age factor; some people use Botox® as a preventative measure against future wrinkles.

You see, it’s our facial expressions that cause wrinkles in the first place. The more we smile, frown, squint, etc., the more our faces will stay that way – like our mothers used to tell us! Ha! Just joking; faces won’t literally stay like our facial expressions. But those lines we form while making facial expressions do turn into permanent creases in our skin.

But, aesthetic medicine has a ‘trick’ up its ‘sleeve.’ The main ingredient in Botox®, called “onabotulinumtoxinA,” stops your muscles from moving. Therefore, it can stop your de facto frown faces and facial expressions from being so pronounced. Thus, some believe it will prevent face lines from forming. Or, at least from getting worse.

‘Baby’ Botox® can be used for this purpose – not to treat wrinkles per se, but to prevent them with a ‘touch of protection,’ as it were.

Back to top

How dramatic you want your Botox® results to look

Some people like to completely ‘flatten’ their wrinkles. They want to see ‘big’ results from their Botox® treatments. For these cases, ‘baby’ Botox® simply will not work, no matter how old your skin is.

You should also keep in mind that many people will say they want a ‘natural’ look from their Botox® treatment. However, ‘natural’ will inevitably mean that your wrinkles will still show, to some degree. So, if you want to look significantly different than you look now, ‘baby’ Botox® won’t be for you.

That said, if you don’t like the results of your ‘baby’ Botox® injections, you could always come back for another ‘top up’ session. This may not be cost effective, however.

Back to top

How long you want your results to last

The important thing to keep in mind with ‘baby’ Botox® is that it doesn’t last as long as traditional, full-dose Botox® treatments. For most people, ‘regular’ Botox® treatments can last 3 – 4 months. By contrast, ‘baby’ Botox® can last about 1 – 2 months.

So, if you want to maintain your results with ‘baby’ Botox®, you’ll need to keep coming back for monthly, ‘top-up’ sessions (or, every 6 to 8 weeks). If this is an inconvenience for you, then you may want to consider full-dose Botox® treatments.

On this point, you can also consider getting full-dose Botox® to start, and then use ‘baby’ Botox® sessions to keep up your results. Whether or not this will work for you will need to be determined by your injector. Or, you can simply try it out and see if you’re satisfied.

Back to top

Is ‘baby’ Botox® cheaper than traditional Botox®?

This is a golden question! Many people think Botox® pricing is all about units (i.e. the measurement of the Botox® liquid). Measuring units is how most Vancouver Botox® injectors charge for their services. So naturally, you’d think: if there is less Botox® going in, there is less money coming out of my pocket, right?

Not exactly. The thing with ‘baby’ Botox® is that it requires a skilled injector who can tailor results to your face. If they can’t do this, they’ll be using a cookie-cutter approach – one that goes ‘by the book.’ It’s hard to achieve a natural result this way.

As noted above, ‘baby’ Botox® is not just about using a lower dose. It’s also about distributing Botox® in small, precise increments around a treatment area. This is not easy to do if a doctor or nurse is not comfortable with the procedure.

Plus, some clinics, like ours, won’t be confined to units at all. At our Surrey Botox® clinic, we use the Treat to Complete™ pricing model. This means we treat you for a flat price per area, until your desired results are achieved. If that means a more ‘natural’ Botox® look, then we may use less Botox®. If you want dramatic results, then that will take more Botox®. Pricing doesn’t change based on the variation of units used per person. The price of Botox® is more about the skill, the area and the result that a client is looking for.

Back to top

Is ‘baby’ Botox® less painful than traditional Botox®?

Another misconception is that if less Botox® is being used, then pain may be reduced. This is not necessarily true. As mentioned above, ‘baby’ Botox® can require more injection points. So, if it’s the needle prick that you’re afraid of, then you may not want to go with ‘baby’ Botox®.

However, it’s important to point out that Botox®, in general, doesn’t hurt that much. Most people get through the procedure without a flinch!

Back to top

Does baby Botox® result in fewer side effects?

Some people believe that with ‘baby’ Botox®, there is a reduced chance of side effects. That can be true to some extent, since there will be less Botox® to affect muscles overall.

However, with any injectable treatment, the best way to minimize side effects is to go with a qualified, skilled injector. At our Surrey clinic (near Vancouver), only doctors and nurses do Botox® treatments, whether they are ‘baby sized’ or not!

To learn about all the possible side effects of Botox®, visit the brand’s official website: http://www.botox.com/. Your doctor or nurse injector should also be informing you about potential side effects before treatment.

Back to top

Why not give ‘baby’ Botox® a try?

If you’ve been debating whether or not to get Botox® in Vancouver, ‘baby’ Botox® may be perfect for you. It’s great for first-time receivers of this treatment. For one, it can reduce concerns about the effects of full-dose Botox® (since you’ll still have muscle movement with this method of injection). And, it can give you a ‘mid way’ result, which will fade faster than a full treatment, in case you don’t like it.

Though, in many cases, people who try Botox® end up making it part of their regular beauty routine! So, it’s unlikely you won’t like it!

If you live in the Vancouver area and are interested in ‘baby’ Botox®, or even if you’re not sure how much Botox® you need, we’d love to help. During an in-person consultation, we can take a closer look at your case, learn about your goals and suggest a treatment path that may work for you.

Our lead doctor, Dr. Shah, has been administering Botox® and several other injections for over 20 years. He’s widely sought for his technique and ability to deliver amazing results using Botox® and fillers in Vancouver. You’ll be in good hands with Dr. Shah!

CALL / TEXT 604 580 2464

Back to top

Learn more on our website:

Back to top

Get customized Vancouver laser, skin and body services!

From Botox®, fillers, skin rejuvenation, body sculpting, sweat treatments and more, we have the medical aesthetic services you're looking for!

Choose a reputable, doctor-led med-spa in Surrey (near Vancouver, B.C.).

Access over 50 customizable treatments, using over 20, up-to-date cosmetic technologies.

You won't be disappointed! Our clients drive to us from all over the Lower Mainland, including from North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Richmond, Delta (Tsawwassen and Ladner) Burnaby, White Rock, Langley, Aldergrove, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Abbotsford, Chilliwack and even as far as Bellingham, USA.

Our doctor's training, association memberships and media appearances have included:

Our awards have included: