Botox and micro needling are two of the most popular anti-aging treatments because they make fine lines and wrinkles on the face look less noticeable without surgery. Instead of choosing between the two, many clients and providers combine the two to treat more skin issues.
But is it safe to get micro needling after getting Botox in the area above the eyes? People often use micro-needling and Botox together to get the best results for each client. It’s safe as long as the client waits two weeks after Botox before getting micro needling done. This gives the injectable time to “settle” in the treatment area.
SHOULD YOU COMBINE MICRO-NEEDLING AND BOTOX FOR UPPER FACIAL LINES?
There are a lot of things that can cause a person’s face to change as they get older. Some of them are caused by things outside the body, but the main ones are changes in the muscle under the skin and a lack of collagen and elastin in the body.
Botox and microneedling are effective treatments because they get to the cause of the different signs of aging. They are on a list of the least invasive cosmetic procedures that will be most popular in 2020, with Botox taking the top spot with 4,401,536 procedures in the US alone.
Botox Facial, which is a procedure that combines Botox and micro-needling, was made because both treatments use needles to reduce the look of facial lines. Before you can understand how the two steps work together, you need to know how they work on their own.
TREATING FACIAL LINES WITH BOTOX ONLY
The botulinum toxin type A is used to make a Botox injection. The neurotoxin is what stops the muscles under the skin from moving. Botox is a safe anti-aging treatment with few or no risks because it only uses a diluted form of neurotoxin to relax the facial muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles like frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead lines.
Botox and dermal fillers, which are injected treatments that use hyaluronic acid, are both made to get rid of wrinkles on the face, but they work differently. Botox can’t “fill” the volume of the face like fillers can, so it won’t get rid of the wrinkle in that area. Botox is used to treat more than just wrinkles on the face. It is also used to treat migraines, excessive sweating, and different muscle disorders.
TREATING FACIAL LINES WITH MICRONEEDLING ONLY
Microneedling is a cosmetic treatment that doesn’t hurt too much and works by making tiny cuts in the skin to make the body make more collagen. Most of the time, this procedure is done to get rid of wrinkles, stretch marks, and facial scars.
Collagen and elastin are important proteins that are found in connective tissues. They keep the skin firm, plump, and flexible. Collagen also helps wounds heal by replacing broken cells with stronger ones. People get loose skin when their bodies don’t have enough elastin and collagen.
Advanced practice medical providers are the ones who do a microneedling procedure. A special tool with tiny needles is moved over the areas to be treated, such as the forehead, upper lip, tear trough, glabella, and other places. This makes the body make more collagen and elastin to heal the tiny wounds, which makes the skin look and feel better.
The best time to combine Botox and microneedling for facial lines is at the same time.
Botox and microneedling are both ways to treat many signs of aging, but they work in different ways on the areas being treated. Microneedling makes the lower layers of skin stronger, and Botox relaxes the muscle in the front of the face.
Talk to a trusted esthetician or cosmetic medical provider to find out if combining these treatments is the right thing to do for you.
WHY YOU SHOULD WAIT AFTER GETTING BOTOX BEFORE TRYING MICRONEEDLING
Since both Botox and microneedling don’t involve surgery, it’s safe to get both done on the same day in the same areas. But if clients wait until the neurotoxin has already “settled,” they get better results because their skin is less likely to bleed or bruise. Waiting a few days also keeps the Botox from spreading to other parts of the face, which could cause serious problems.
HOW DO COMBINED MICRONEEDLING AND BOTOX WORK?
Instead of waiting a few days for the Botox to take effect, clients can get both procedures done during the same appointment. How it works is as follows:
- Before putting a numbing cream on the treatment area, the provider cleans the skin. Most of the time, it takes 30 minutes for the anesthetic to work.
- Rolling the microneedling device over the treatment area makes tiny holes, or micro-injuries. The tool looks like a pen and is made for medical use.
- After the microneedling is finished, the provider can give the client Botox.
THE BENEFITS AND RISKS OF COMBINING MICRONEEDLING WITH BOTOX
Microneedling is a powerful and versatile anti-aging method on its own because it can help with a variety of skin problems, such as acne scars, hyperpigmentation, and facial wrinkles. It works better when combined with Botox injections.
If you’re thinking about getting both treatments to get rid of glabellar lines and forehead wrinkles, here are some pros and cons to help you decide:
- There isn’t much or any time when nothing is going on.
- After just a few days, you can see the results.
- The skin is much smoother and has fewer or no wrinkles.
- The procedure also helps with scars, dark circles under the eyes, large pores, and hyperpigmentation, which is when the skin gets too dark.
POSSIBLE RISKS AND SIDE EFFECTS
- On the spot where the treatment was done, a patient might have bruising, swelling, bleeding, redness, or mild pain, but these symptoms usually go away after a few days.
- After microneedling, the client’s skin may look red and “sunburned” right away. Most of the time, this gets better over the next couple of days.
- When Botox is used in a procedure, the client may end up with an eyelid that droops or an eyebrow that isn’t even.
- It’s also normal for the skin to flake right after the procedure, but after a few days, the skin goes back to normal.
The best way to avoid these risks is to have the procedure done by a provider with a lot of experience. There are kits you can buy to do microneedling on your own, which might be tempting if you don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on a treatment. But doctors and nurses know what they are doing with every procedure, so they can reduce the risk of different problems.
It’s also important to remember that the effects of Botox won’t last forever. Most people are told to come back in a few months for more Botox injections. This helps them keep looking younger for a longer time.
ARE YOU A GOOD MATCH FOR MICRONEEDLING AND BOTOX TOGETHER?
Combining microneedling and Botox is great for people who want to get rid of wrinkles and even out the tone of their skin. It also gives clients who don’t want to look “frozen” results that look natural.
This treatment is not a good choice, though, for:
- who are expecting or who are nursing.
- Patients with wounds or active infections in the areas that need help.
- People who have had keloid scars in the past.
- People who have been treated with radiation in the last year.
Face treatments at Bergen County Botox can make you look a few years younger
Want to make your face look younger? At Bergen County Botox, we offer non-surgical procedures like microneedling, Botox, chemical peels, and more to help our clients look younger. Our highly trained staff is always ready to help clients with the procedure so that they get the best results and have a great medspa experience.
Talk to our top cosmetic experts today to find out if combining Botox and microneedling is the best choice for you. Go to our website right away to find out more about our clinic and the great services we offer.