The quest for beauty has many choices for the consumer to choose from which can make your decision quite difficult. Two of the most widely used procedures are Medical Micro-Needling and Botox. How are they similar? How are they different? Which is the best choice for me? Although I don't use Botox, or even offer it as a treatment... I've seen the benefits it can offer some individuals.
Botox is a popular anti-wrinkle treatment that is very effective in smoothing the appearance of deep lines and furrows. This is achieved by injecting the underlying muscle, partially paralyzing it. The injection contains neurotoxin botulinum toxin which comes from a bacterium that restricts the muscle mobility that creates the most common frown lines and crow's feet. Botox can noticeably reduce the effect of wrinkles within just 24 hours, but it will slowly diminish in 3-6 months.
I've been offering Medical Micro-Needling Treatments for more than 12 years for both scalp and face. Micro-Needling is natural, no injections and like Botox no downtime, making it a widely recognized effective treatment for anti-aging. The process involves tiny needles (read pain management with CBD) that create microscopic punctures that close almost immediately. The body then works to repair these mini wounds from the inside/out. Newly formed capillaries increase blood flow, and result in collagen, elastin and melanin creation. You will have improved texture, tone and structure to your skin. There is virtually no risk of infection or scarring from the procedure. Results usually unfold over a period of 2 weeks to 3 month after the procedure and will continue improving for many months after albeit at a much slower rate.
Depending on your needs you may choose one or both, using Medical Microneedling to improve the surface, tone and deeper condition of the skin health, with Botox injections to help improve deeper furrows and lines immediately. As complimentary treatments both Botox and micro-needling can help you reach your anti-aging goals and over time you'll find the space between Botox treatments will get longer. Both are safe and effective for patients of all skin types.
Lalena is co-founder and managing partner at MarkusScott Cosmeceuticals. She has been delivering anti-aging treatments through her Lavayda business for more 12 years and creating high performance formulations for over 20 years.