Baby Botox! Hold up, It’s not what you’re thinking! I assure you it is not Botox for babies!
‘Baby Botox’ is fast growing in the Aesthetic clinic room given its unique appeal to an audience wanting a more delicate subtle look. It is considered amongst Aesthetic practitioners
as a procedure that works with the ageing process with a natural look. The term Baby Botox was first coined by Hollywood director, producer, and screenwriter Martin Scorsese. He complained his actresses were increasingly looking ‘frozen’ and unable to move their faces to convey expression. Botox has received some criticism for many years for distorting facial expressions significantly and even eradicating them altogether. This could be attributed to a number of reasons including practitioner incompetence, inadequate consultation and completing client requests without consideration of potentially distorted client expectations to name just a few. ‘Baby Botox’ on the other hand involves injecting a smaller amount of Botulinum Toxin to give a subtle look of transformation which can soften wrinkles and still allow natural for facial movements. Research tells us that facial expression can affect both self- perception, and the way others relate to us. Social exchanges are full of subtle but significant ways to form pathways of non-verbal communication that frequently shape peoples’ judgements about others, regardless if these are actually true or not. We are reminded through the importance of non-verbal communication that when we try to understand others a single frown or raised eyebrow does not always equate with the message they are conveying. This may be in the context of jest, shock, disappointment or anger. Reliable observation and is therefore fundamental and the way our faces move in order to communicate this is vital. Our facial muscles provide neurological feedback that influences our state of mind. If there is a disconnect between our feelings and our expression other may perceive us with inaccuracy. This creates a misfit and awkwardness which can lead to gross misunderstanding and even social conflict. Mis-communication is embedded in our understanding as a major contributing factor to unsatisfactory relationships. This can lead to marital breakdown, overlooked professional progression at work and perhaps awkward social interactions which can brew social anxiety. You can improve this by increasing awareness of the way your face moves to display and express yourself reliably and with congruence in your non-verbal communication. Preserving natural movements in this way through our faces as they age has many potential advantages. Mehrabian, a leader in communication expertise proposed that 55% of our communication is believed to be non-verbal, which links to emotional expression, communicate interpersonal relationships, support verbal interaction and reflect our personalities. Our faces convert our internal feeling to an external message, knowing the way your face moves and response can improve your communication. This has a profound effect that can uplift wellness by improving personal and professional achievements, promoting an intimacy and connectedness with others. Baby Botox may be a treatment of choice to enhance reliable facial expression without eradicating movement which may build an improved quality of life, work performance and interpersonal relationships without fear of being misunderstood. Look after yourself and each other. Kimberley; BSc MSc MBPsS: Personal Wellness Trainer 30.1.18