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Microdosing with Botox (Botox Facial)

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, allowing the botox to tighten the skin but not freeze the face.

Microdosing with Botox

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The Skinny


Average Recovery

5 days

Permanence

Temporary

Application

Injected

Surgical

No

Cost

$10 - $1150

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The Specifics


What is microdosing with Botox®?

Also known as a Botox® facial, microdosing with Botox® combines the minimally invasive penetrative benefits of microneedling with the skin tightening effects of Botox®. In a Botox® Facial, botulinum toxin type A (BoNT-A) is injected through the channels created in the epidermis by the microneedling. The Botox® does not reach facial musculature and only serves to temporarily tighten the skin.

Where to Use Neurotoxin vs. Filler

Botox vs. Filler Uses on Face

Botox®, by Allergan, is formulated from a unique combination of protective proteins. Botulinum toxin type A is found in many commercially available neurotoxin formulations (such as Dysport®, Jeuveau®, and Xeomin®). Botox® disrupts communication between nerves and cells.

What cosmetic concerns does microdosing with Botox® treat?

  1. Fine Lines & Wrinkles: Botox® injected into the epidermis serves to tighten and rejuvenate skin without the risk of the “frozen” appearance associated with traditional Botox® injections.

Who is the ideal candidate for microdosing with Botox®?

A Botox® Facial is ideal for individuals looking for subtle, temporary, and non-invasive corrections to the fine lines and wrinkles found throughout the face. Botox® is not recommended for individuals who have used Accutane in the past six months, those with open wounds or infection around the area to be treated, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, and those with a history of keloid scars.

What is the average recovery associated with microdosing with Botox®?

A Botox® Facial typically has a few days of mild skin irritation, dryness, and flaking. The results of the procedure will begin to take effect within one week. Most candidates go back to work after one day.

What are the potential side effects of microdosing with Botox®?

Botox® Facials are usually well tolerated with minimal skin irritation and pain. Skin may feel warm, tight, and itchy for a day or two. Light sensitivity is common after a Botox® Facial and sun exposure should be minimized for one week after the procedure. Uncommon side effects include headache, bruising, swelling, muscle weakness, and allergic reaction.

What can someone expect from the results of microdosing with Botox®?

A Botox® Facial provides temporary and subtle results. Results will take effect within one week and usually last about one month (i.e. less than traditional Botox® injections).

What is the average cost of microdosing with Botox®?

The average cost of a Botox® Facial is $100 to $1,150. The actual cost of the facial will vary by procedure, location, healthcare provider, and candidate. Learn more in our complete guide to Botox® cost.

Pros

quick resultsno recoverytry botox

Cons

not FDA approvednewexpensivehard to findtemporary results

Invasiveness Score

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Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

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.

The Takeaway


A Botox® facial combines microneedling techniques with infusions of Botox® to create toned, rejuvenated skin. This type of Botox® treatment does not carry the risk of the 'frozen' appearance sometimes associated with neurotoxins.
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  1. Huang W, Rogachefsky AS, Foster JA Brow Lift with Botulinum Toxin PubMed; 2000-01-01
  2. Sarit Cohen Forehead Lift Using Botulinum Toxin PubMed.gov; 2018-02-15
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