Microneedling vs Botox

Botox injections and microneedling are two popular skin care med spa techniques. However, they do very different things for the skin. During your initial consultation, you should discuss with your treatment provider about the pros and cons of both procedures, and make a judicious choice.

What is Botox Used for?

Botox has been used in cosmetic treatments for decades and has a proven track record when it comes to smoothing deep wrinkles and facial lines. However, Botox can only be used for treating dynamic wrinkles. These are caused by age and environmental factors. They occur every time one smiles, frowns, laughs, or grimaces.

Over time the lines that mark the frown or smile leave a deep impression. The lines remain present even when the face is at rest. Botox is helpful in reducing the appearance of these lines. The doctor will inject a small dose of botulinum toxin A which will target the muscle under the skin and stop it from moving or contracting.

The science behind Botox is simple – no contractions mean that there is no creasing and the lines will fade over time. Botox can be useful in treating vertical lines between the brows, parentheses around the mouth, crow’s feet at the eye corners, and other dynamic wrinkles.

What Can Microneedling be Used for?

Large pores, loose crepe like skin, and old acne scars can be effectively treated with microneedling. The technique works at the root of the problem, much like Botox. However, the problems happen to be different, which is why they require different solutions. Loose or crepe like skin is the result of environmental factors and aging process.

These wrinkles are called static wrinkles. They are not the same as dynamic wrinkles. Static wrinkles occur because the elastin, collagen and fat present under the skin will diminish. This prevents the skin from getting adequate lift and volume. The skin shrivels and sags in this case like a deflated balloon.

Microneedling takes care of the problem by stimulating the body to start producing the essential proteins again. Microneedling device consists of hundreds of tiny micro needles that injure the surface of the skin. The injuries trigger the skin to immediately start producing collagen and elastin for healing the microscopic wounds. The skin basically repairs itself and associated concerns following the treatment.

Microneedling is an effective med spa procedure on its own. However, the doctor may recommend boosting the treatment by combining it with another effective treatment called platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. In this therapy, a concentrated serum is applied topically to the skin following microneedling. This serum contains healing factors of your own blood.

The microneedling process sends the platelets to the deeper layers of the skin where they trigger cell renewal. Your skin effectively gets remodeled, repaired, and restructured so that you get a tighter and smoother looking skin with less-visible scars and smaller pores.

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