Botox and Microneedling: The Differences.

If you are considering an aesthetic procedure that results in a more youthful appearance you may choose either Botox or Microneedling – both produce the outcome you are seeking in that they provide better volume (improved facial contours), the tone of the skin is improved and they reduce fine lines and wrinkles. They are however different procedures – what are the differences?

Microneedling and Botox – how do they work?

Botox is a procedure where Botulinum Toxin is injected into the skin and this has an effect on the muscles.   Microneedling does not involve injectables instead it is a procedure that utilises a hand-held device that essentially pricks the skin in a multiple fashion this stimulates collagen production and the healing process, so it affects the skin.

The Results – are they immediate?

Botulinum Toxin (Botox) are injections placed beneath the surface of the skin the procedure produces results immediately (although the full effect may not be visible following treatment).   

Microneedling stimulates the production of collagen (a natural process of the body) this procedure may take more time to provide results as it is following a natural process so may take a few days but the outcome still achieves the desired outcome. 

Results – how long do they last?

As Microneedling promotes the natural processes of the body (stimulating collagen production) and the results take a few days to show results the process will need repeating to sustain the results.  This usually means treatment once a month.

Botox will produce immediate results as the injection site is the muscle beneath the skin and therefore the facial muscles become frozen reducing the fine lines and wrinkles. The procedure has a longer lasting effect due the nature of the procedure but eventually the results fade, and further treatments (between 3 to 6 months) may be required or desired. 

Botox – what it is used for

Botox has the popular treatment for reducing and eliminating wrinkles and fine lines, so this aesthetic treatment has achieved a reputation for providing a reliable solution for addressing the sign of ageing.

Microneedling – what is it used for?

While Botox is a popular cosmetic procedure it does have limited application – Microneedling however does not address fine lines and wrinkles it has other uses too!  As this stimulates the natural process of producing collagen (and elastin) it can also be used for treating other skin related issues such as

  • Severe acne
  • Pock marked skin
  • Scars

Selecting the Right Procedure and Treatment

Microneedling and Botox are both popular skin treatments, and for good reason. They are both effective for reducing wrinkles and fine lines. Still, there are crucial differences between the two, and these differences may determine whether either treatment is right for you.

While Botox is more dramatic, and needs less frequent applications, it works on the muscles below the skin. Microneedling works to stimulate healing and promote the production of collagen and elastin as the skin heals.

Both Botox and Microneedling are popular treatments for treating fine line and wrinkles.

Botox as an injectable into the muscles beneath the layer of the skin produces immediate results and results last longer.

Microneedling promotes the production of collagen and the healing processes (elastin) affecting the skin – the results may take a few days to be visible and the results do not last as long as Botox.

Both treatments are successful and can achieve the desired outcome of a more youthful appearance.   To determine which is the right and best procedure for you a practitioner will offer a consultation where you can decide as to which you prefer.  

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