Micro-Tox vs. Botox: What’s the Difference?
If you’re looking to improve the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles, there are a number of cosmetic treatments that deliver serious results. One of them, Botox, is widely used and well-loved for its ability to dramatically reduce the appearance of creases all over the face. And while there’s no question as to its efficacy in improving and even preventing the signs of facial aging, Botox may not be right for everyone.
Another treatment, Micro-Tox — also called skin Botox, baby Botox, mesobotox, and micro-Botox — is shares characteristics of traditional Botox but has a few significant differences. For those who want dramatic yet seriously natural-looking results, this newer treatment may be a good option.
Let’s take a look at the similarities and differences between traditional Botox and Micro-Tox, so you can decide which treatment is a better choice for your needs.
What Is Micro-Tox?
Micro-Tox is a microneedling procedure. The treatment both stimulates collagen production via the creation of micro-injuries and deposits small doses of anti-aging skin care products into the skin during treatment.
The primary anti-aging ingredient used in a Micro-Tox treatment is a neuromodulator. Typically, other ingredients include skin-nourishing nutrients, fillers, or PRP. However, the exact ingredient cocktail depends on the practitioner and the patient’s goals. The treatment is often referred to as an “instant facial” since it immediately reduces pore size, minimizes the appearance of fine lines, calms redness, removes oiliness, and deeply hydrates the skin.
Like traditional microneedling, Micro-Tox uses microneedles to induce tiny injuries in the upper layer of the skin. But unlike traditional microneedling, the needles used during this procedure are much thinner and smaller — smaller even than human hair.
How Are Micro-Tox and Botox Similar?
Both Micro-Tox and Botox contain neuromodulators (aka neurotoxins) that come from the Botulinum toxin. These neuromodulators disrupt the release of acetylcholine, which is the neurotransmitter that prompts muscles to contract.
When this neuromodulator is administered to the facial muscles in a Botox procedure, it prevents those muscles from contracting as strongly as they normally would. As a result, it controls the appearance of existing dynamic wrinkles while helping to prevent the formation of new dynamic lines and wrinkles.
What’s Different About Micro-Tox?
Although Micro-Tox and Botox both contain a neuromodulator that’s designed to minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles, Micro-Tox is quite different from traditional Botox. During a Botox treatment, that neuromodulator is injected directly into the muscles to control their ability to contract.
During a Micro-Tox treatment, on the other hand, a microneedling device deposits very small doses of the neuromodulator into the skin (not the muscles) along with an anti-aging cocktail of ingredients. The combo of ingredients and the mode of administration yields near-immediate results and can dramatically improve the complexion by:
● Reducing pore size
● Minimizing redness
● Controlling oil production
● Smoothing fine lines
● Increasing skin hydration
Micro-Tox vs. Botox: Is One Better Than the Other?
Honestly, that’s a matter of opinion, and it really depends on what the patient is trying to address. For those who want dramatic, incredibly natural-looking results that show up within a matter of a couple of days, Micro-Tox may be a better option. For patients who are looking to prevent the formation of dynamic wrinkles or address existing, deep lines and wrinkles, Botox injections may be a better option.
The best way for anyone to determine the appropriate treatment is to schedule a consultation with a licensed practitioner. In some cases, both treatments may be appropriate, but only an experienced professional can make that determination.
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