As a clinician, patients look to us for professional advice about anti-aging procedures. They respect your advice and experience. And while Botox may be popular, microneedling is rapidly becoming the procedure of choice for many clinicians and patients.
Which is right for any individual patient depends on their personal aesthetic goals.
It's handy to understand how the two procedures work to allow you to make an informed decision on your treatment journey. We'll run over both procedures briefly now.
How does Botox (toxin treatment) work?
Botox or Toxin Treatment whichever you prefer to call it is as its name suggest a Toxin. Essentially a poison and a powerful one at that. However, when it's used correctly by an experienced and qualified injector it is safe. It is derived from the bacteria known as Clostridium Botulinum, which is generally found in soil.#botox
The biological function is quite complex so we've attempted to shorten it down a bit and make it easier to understand.
It is injected directly in the muscles surrounding the area that is concerning you in extremely small concentrations and works by preventing signals from the nerve cells reaching muscles, therefore paralyzing them.
In order for muscles to contract and this contraction is what causes the wrinkles, nerves release a chemical messenger, acetylcholine (a neurotransmitter). Acetylcholine attaches to receptors on the muscle cells and causes the muscle cells to contract. #hellowrinkles
Injected Botox prevents the release of acetylcholine, preventing contraction of the muscle cells and 2 weeks later you're wrinkle free #byebyewinkles
How does Micro-needling work?
Well it's a very different way to Botox. Micro-needlings aims to rejuvenate the skin’s appearance by stimulating the production of healthy new cells, the production of collagen and elastin.
A device with fine needles (either a roller or pen we use both!) which creates tiny punctures in the top layer of the skin, which triggers the bodies natural rejeuvenation process. Results can include improved texture and firmness, as well as a reduction in scars, pore size, and stretch marks. Microneedling may also be combined with a topical treatment which moves into our mesotherapy treatment.
This literally renews the skin, so the result is smoother, more radiant, and younger-looking. #hellobeautiful
So really in our opinion there is merits to both procedures to achieve similar results. #winwin
However, there is a downfall with Botox as it is a Prescription Only Medication (POM) which means you'll need to have a consultation with a prescriber prior to treatment and it's not suitable for everyone. #prescriptiononlymedication
Whilst we don't currently offer Botox but we will be adding it very soon to our collection of treatments. So keep an eye out for this.