Botox, or botulinum toxin, is a popular cosmetic treatment for facial wrinkles and fine lines. For years, aesthetic medicine has explored new approaches to minimize side effects while maximizing results, including diluted concentrations or using smaller doses. A simple treatment technique has recently proven itself as a successful alternative for up-close improvement to facial skin texture.
Microbotulinum, or micro-doses, of Botox is a less invasive treatment using several tiny doses of botulinum toxin injected in a grid pattern under the facial skin surface. Its ability to smooth the skin has a high patient satisfaction rate.
Backed by Clinical Testing
The micro-dose technique is a safe procedure for yielding objective improvement for facial rejuvenation. According to a report by Alberto Diaspro, MD, MSc, of the Rigeneralab Centre for Regenerative Medicine in Turin, Italy, Botox micro-doses show approximately 20% improvement in skin texture, pore size, and microroughness (up close) skin texture. The results of this testing are in the November issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Making a Great Treatment Better
Botulinum toxin injection is the most common cosmetic procedure in the United States by far, boasting approximately 7.7 million treatments in 2019. The traditional treatment involves a few injections performed to treat common skin issues like crow’s feet, forehead creases, and frown lines.
The new, less-invasive procedure employs a series of tiny amounts of botulinum toxin A strategically injected under the facial skin surface. A one-centimeter grid pattern, extending from the jaw to the cheeks and forehead, targets superficial fibers of facial muscles. This approach weakens the insertion into underlying skin tissue, which causes wrinkles and fine lines on the neck and face.
The improvements, backed by subjective ratings, show 90 days after micro-dose treatment, 95% of the participants were satisfied to very satisfied with their results. The benefits, like any botulinum toxin treatment, are temporary, lasting up to four months. After, additional treatments would be necessary to maintain the improvement.
The benefits proved to be best in middle-aged participants and suggest Botox’s micro-doses are most appropriate for patients ranging from their mid-30s to early 50s.
Botox Micro-Doses in Portland, Oregon
If you are interested in learning more about Botox’s micro-doses for up-close skin texture improvement, contact the Key Laser Institute today. Dr. Brian Key, a board-certified dermatologist, will be happy to explain if this new treatment technique suits your cosmetic concerns.