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About the Procedure
A botox facial utilizes the micro-channels created during a microneedling treatment to deliver serums deep into skin without effecting muscle movement. Other microneedling procedures incorporate PRP or stem cell growth factor serums to enhance the wound healing cascade that naturally stimulates collagen and elastin production which creates younger, more rejuvenated looking skin. Botox, however, has the added affect of a slight tightening of the skin. A botox facial is a great option for individuals who seek a non-invasive option to smooth fine lines but are concerned about looking frozen, which is a result of overdone botox. After cleansing the skin and applying numbing anesthetic, the microneedling device of choice (often a rolling or pen-like system) is then gently moved across the treatment area, creating many, tiny, micro-injuries. The microneedling devices may vary, but the size of the needle is typically 0.1-0.25mm in diameter. There are a number of ways to deliver the botox based serum into the skin. The microneedling device itself may have an internal system that simultaneously delivers the botox into the skin during the collagen-induction therapy, the practitioner may spread the serum over the skin and then perform the microneedling treatment, or the botox serum may be spread over the created micro-channels after the procedure has been completed.
The goal of a botox facial is to give patients tighter, younger looking skin and a more rejuvenated appearance while delivering nutrients to the skin.
What to Expect
A Botox facial combines a microneedling procedure with topical serums and Botox to deliver customized skin solutions deep into the epidermis but not to the underlying muscle. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a Botox facial.
- Avoid Accutane for 6 months
- Avoid retinoids, topical antibiotics, and exfoliants 3 days prior
- Do not have any IPL/laser procedures before
- Refrain from waxing, depilatory creams, shaving or electrolysis 5-7 days prior t
- An antiviral medication may be prescribed
- Reschedule if a rash, blemish, or cold sore develops in the area
- Skin is cleansed
- Topical anesthetic
- Microneedling procedure
- Botox introduced to skin via microneedling device or spread over skin
While there is no downtime associated with a botox facial, most patients experience minor redness after the procedure as well as skin dryness and shedding, which are all expected.
The ideal candidate for a Botox facial is someone that wishes to improve the appearance of fine lines or wrinkles. Botox facials are also great for patients looking to try botox without the fear of the toxin being injected deeper into their facial muscles causing a frozen look.
Not Recommended For
Botox facials are not recommended for those who have used Accutane within 6 months, have open wounds or a skin infection in the area, have had radiation treatment within the last year, are pregnant, breast feeding, or have a history of keloid scars.
Botox facials are generally well tolerated but erythema may be seen after treatment, lasting for up to 2-3 days. Skin may also feel warm, tight and itchy for 12-48 hours following treatment however this is temporary. If the treatment area is still irritated after 48 hours contact your provider. The skin will be light-sensitive following treatment. It is advised to diligently avoid sun exposure or use photo-protection for at least a week after the procedure.