Over the years, Botox and microneedling treatments have become some of the most sought after and non-invasive procedures in the cosmetic industry.
On one hand, Botox treatments serve a variety of cosmetic purposes such as tightening and rejuvenating the skin, filling deep and superficial wrinkles and contouring the face. On the other hand, microneedling represents the latest non-invasive skin treatment using miniature needles to penetrate the skin, thus encouraging its natural production of collagen and elastin.
Individually, Botox and microneedling treatments can provide solid and lasting skin rejuvenation, but for optimal results, skin experts recommend combining both treatments at once.
The joint use of Botox and microneedling targets various skin issues and irregularities and optimizes the final outcome by both stimulating the reproduction of new skin cells and resolving major skin problems such as wrinkles, creases, loss of tone, and contouring, blemishes, and scarring.
Also known as a Botox Facial, here’s how combining these two effective treatments can lead to remarkable results and boosted skin health and appearance.
What is Botox?
Known as a potent anti-aging procedure, Botox tackles a variety of skin issues by temporarily paralyzing the facial muscles and preventing excessive skin creasing and sagging. Botox is a protein derivative of the Botulinum toxin, which is a neurotoxin responsible for stiffening the muscles and preserving the skin’s tone and texture.
Today, Botox procedures have shown drastic skin improvements in countless patients dealing with the loss of skin elasticity, progressed wrinkling, cheek sagging, and loss of skin radiance, and can only be performed by trained skin specialists.
Botox treatments inject the product through the use of designated needles which stop the contraction of facial muscles and recontour the skin. Botox can be injected into different body areas and can be used to treat several other issues than anti-aging, including:
- Hyperhidrosis, or excessive underarm sweating;
- Cervical dystonia, a neurological disorder causing persistent muscle spasms;
- An overactive bladder;
- Chronic migraines;
- Strabismus, or eyes pointed in different directions;
- Blepharospasm, or uncontrollable blinking.
What is Microneedling?
Otherwise known as collagen induction therapy, microneedling represents one of the most popular cosmetic trends of today. Microneedling is a non-surgical procedure that uses a tool composed of small and fine needles that cause minor puncture wounds to the skin which help boost the production of new elastin and collagen and naturally accelerate the skin’s overall healing process. Moreover, the microneedles applied to the skin enable an easier penetration and absorption of designated serums that complement the overall procedure.
Microneedling is mostly used for treating:
- Stretch marks;
- Skin acne or superficial wounds;
- Large pores, scars, and wrinkles;
- Uneven skin tone and blemishes;
- Fine lines and age spots;
- Sun damage.
Combining Microneedling and Botox
Botox and microneedling have different impacts on the skin. But, when used together, they can make a power-duo eligible for treating multi-layered skin issues and optimizing its condition. For patients eager to maximize their skin health and appearance, the two procedures combined can deliver outstanding and lasting results that can last up from four weeks to four months, depending on the patient’s needs and severity of issues.
Combined Botox and microneedling treatments are done over three phases:
- The skin is thoroughly cleansed and a numbing anesthetic 30min is applied.
- The microneedling begins – small puncture wounds are applied to the skin to stimulate its rejuvenation process.
- Botox serum injections are applied to the skin.
During a Botox facial, the injections are not applied into the deeper layers of the skin, as usually done to freeze the muscles. When combined with microneedling, the Botox procedure is more focused on the superficial layer of the skin. It not only corrects a variety of lines and saggy skin but also encouraging the production of natural skin oils and regulating oversized pores.
The Benefits from Botox Facial
Applying a Botox Facial comes with an array of benefits to the skin, such as:
- Reduced discoloration, infection, and bruising of the skin;
- Diminished scar tissue, faded wounds, and healed skin injuries;
- Tightened and wrinkle-free skin;
- An overall younger appearance;
- A refreshed, brighter, and more radiant skin from the very first treatment;
- More contoured and balanced facial appearance;
- Minimum healing downtime and maximum results;
Following the treatment, there are minimal side effects that can happen, such as skin irritation and redness, both of which will fade in 2-3 days. Other than that, the procedure requires no downtime, and patients can return to their daily activities within a day. Sun exposure is to be avoided in the first days of receiving the treatment.
The first results can be expected following the treatment, whereas full-impact results can take up to a week. Depending on the patient’s responsiveness to the treatment and her needs, a Botox facial can be repeated monthly or over the course of several months.