Botox is both very popular and very common. While the treatment may have first gained notoriety because of celebrity usage, the truth is that millions of people have undergone botox injections worldwide now. Yet, it’s important for individuals who take their skin care seriously to understand the pros and cons associated with the procedure –– as well as the alternatives available. To that end, today we’ll answer an FAQ that we get all the time, namely: Is microneedling better than botox? The short answer is yes, but we’ll explain why below:
Botox is a neurotoxin derived from the bacteria, C. botulinum, the same bacteria responsible for producing botulism. While botulism is, obviously, very dangerous, botox is not a dangerous procedure. The FDA has approved botox injections for nearly 20 years at this point. (Botox injections also have a variety of medical applications and are sometimes used as treatment for conditions like eyelid spasms, overactive bladder, and hyperhidrosis. For this article, we’ll mainly focus on botox injections for cosmetic purposes.)
Still, it’s worth noting that botox injections are not designed to improve skin health or reduce the causes of wrinkles, crows feet, etc. Rather, the injections work to disrupt a person’s nervous system and prevent the muscles in the face from contracting in a certain way. As a result, skin can appear more taught, or younger, in some instances.
As opposed to botox, microneedling is an all-natural process. During a microneedling session, a skincare professional will run a specially designed device –– a SkinPen –– over the patient’s face and other desired areas. The SkinPen creates thousands of tiny micro-channels within the dermis, which naturally triggers the body’s own healing process. In this way, microneedling acts to build collagen, improve skin health and vibrance, and alleviate common issues like sun damage, wrinkles, and stretch marks.
Benefits of Microneedling
It’s easy to see why many individuals would prefer an all-natural treatment like microneedling to an injection of neurotoxin like botox. In addition, though, here are further advantages to microneedling over botox, including:
- Duration. While no skin care treatment is permanent, microneedling may require less long-term maintenance than botox. For best results, individuals may need to receive a new botox injection every few months. On the other hand, individuals who undergo their initial wave of microneedling sessions (around 3-6) generally only require a “touch-up” once a year from then on.
- Continual Improvement. Botox injections are not meant to boost skin health or enhance appearance. Rather, botox acts to preserve rather than heal. By contrast, microneedling generates incremental skin improvements. With each new session, your skin will build new collagen and work to repair imperfections like scar tissue or wrinkles.
- Comfort. Botox injections, though, can be quite painful. Plus, individuals who have botox injections are restricted from exercising, lying down, or even taking an aspirin for hours after the procedure. After a microneedling session, patients may experience a mild skin tingling similar to sunburn.
When it comes to your health, wellness, and appearance know that you have options available for help! At the Institute for Natural Health, our skin care experts will work with you to create a plan that suits your needs and that you feel comfortable with. We’ve developed MedSpa services to deliver positive skin care outcomes for our clientele, and we’d love to work with you too! Contact us here to learn more or to schedule an appointment.