I’ll be totally honest. Even though I’m a beauty editor and love a good TikTok trend, I don’t actually get or recommend getting Botox, sorry. Obviously, it’s everyone’s own personal choice what they would like to do, but I think it’s also important to talk about the risks and potential side effects that come with getting a treatment like this. When it comes to Botox, they aren’t great—that’s why I’m not a huge advocate for it. Plunkett says, “Baby Botox may be less risky than Botox, but there is still a risk of undesirable side effects, as there is with any cosmetic procedure.”
“Common side effects include swelling or bruising at the injection site, headache or flu-like symptoms, muscle weakness, dry mouth, and dropping of the eyebrows. In rare cases, severe side effects can occur such as neck pain, fatigue, allergic reaction, blurred vision, nausea, dizziness, or vomiting.” Botox is also a neurotoxin, meaning it’s a synthetic substance that affect nerves and can cause muscle weakening. Although it’s generally considered safe, you’ll definitely want to proceed with caution here.
In terms of cost, the good news is that baby Botox is a bit cheaper than regular Botox due to it being administered in a lower dose. “[If getting] 30 to 50 units of baby Botox, it will cost you around $390 to $650, depending on your region and what type of neurotoxins used. One hundred units of Botox will cost around $1300,” Plunkett shares. Lastly, in order to help treatments last longer, Plunkett recommends investing in a solid retinol cream or serum and products made specifically for helping expression lines. For a few of her recs and other products to try, keep scrolling below.