Micro-needling and Botox are two very different treatments.
In terms of expectations and outcomes although they can work incredibly well together in a treatment plan.
How is Micro-needling used?
For those that don’t know, Micro-needling is a mildly invasive treatment used to harness the skin’s own ability to heal and regenerate thus stimulating collagen and elastin growth and addressing skin concerns such as pigmentation, acne, rosacea and overall condition which all come under the “normalising skin function and health’ bracket.
“Micro-needling can be used to treat pigmentation, acne, and rosacea.”
How is Botox used?
Botox on the other hand is an injectable treatment which uses Botulinum Toxin to reduce muscle contraction and therefore reduce movement in selected areas of the face. Typically, areas treated with Botox would be the forehead and crow’s feet although it can be used in many areas and treat varying concerns.
“Botox treatment can be used for the forehead, crow’s feet used in many areas and treat varying concerns.”
Micro-Needling is often used in order to regenerate skin once damage from both intrinsic and extrinsic ageing or other skin conditions has taken place. It can be performed at any age and is an excellent preventative treatment in terms of anti-ageing, maintaining both a healthy skin condition and active, strong collagen build. It can also be used on active acne and rosacea in order to calm and reset the skin to normal function and health.
As with any advanced skincare treatment it is imperative that a good homecare routine be in place to ensure optimum results, feeding and protecting the skin on a daily basis. Micro-needling can maintain a beautiful youthful skin and also rejuvenate and improve an aged skin but it takes time, a course of treatments is necessary and it will not stop movement or remove lines and wrinkles completely.
Botox Temporarily disables muscle contraction and essentially freezes movement (to some degree), it is far better at quickly diminishing lines and wrinkles. The amount of toxin that is used denotes how much movement will be disabled, a good aesthetician would use enough toxin to gain suitable results but not so much that the result is unnatural and negatively effects the client’s ability to express themselves. Botox is also now often used as a preventative measure with regard to skin ageing as part of the reason we develop fine lines and wrinkles is due to regular and repetitive movement in an area i.e. smiling and frowning.
Unfortunately, Botox will only hinder movement, it won’t affect skin conditioning at all and as it is not only lines and wrinkles that define an ageing or healthy skin, that will need to be addressed separately. Ideally client’s deciding to have Botox would also have a good prescriptive and active skincare routine including sun care to ensure optimum skin health overall. Although the industry is changing, not all aestheticians will engage in conversation or education regarding this so be sure to investigate this angle with a skincare clinic like us here at SIRENS Skin & Beauty, Crawley Down, or similar if needs be. Botox is commonly performed every 3-6 months for continued results.
As mentioned above micro-needling and Botox can actually work incredibly well together, with Botox being a quick fix or preventative method of anti-ageing and micro-needling maintaining and optimising overall skin health and condition. However, it should be noted that micro-needling can slightly reduce the longevity of your Botox result as it causes regeneration, speeding up cellular repair and renewal.
“Micro-needling and Botox can actually work incredibly well together”
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