What is the difference between microneedling and botox?

When it comes to rejuvenating your skin and getting a more youthful appearance, botox and microneedling are at the top of the list. Both help tone and plump up skin, and reduce the appearance of pesky lines and wrinkles. While both treatments are intended for similar results, they’re not the same thing. You’re probably wondering what the difference is between microneedling and botox. Let’s take a closer look.

How they work

It’s widely known that botox is performed by injecting the serum (botulinum) in the skin. Microneedling uses tiny needles to prick the skin and trigger natural cell turn over, collagen production, and healing. Microneedling simply pricks the skin, while botox is injected below the skin’s surface. Botox affects the muscles more than anything, while microneedling affects the skin.

When you see results

Botox is injected directly beneath the skin, and because of that, results are pretty immediate. Microneedling does work quickly, but it’s not an injection. Instead, it stimulates your skin’s natural processes. That means it can take a little more time to see the full results.

Many people see improvement the first day, but as the healing continues, the results become more apparent, usually over a few days.

How long results last

Microneedling relies on your skin’s healing processes to work. Results become more obvious over a few days, although repeated sessions help keep the effects. It’s common to have a microneedling procedure up to once a month. Botox does last longer since it impacts the muscles beneath the skin.

Facial muscles are essentially frozen, or paralyzed, to reduce wrinkles and lines. Botox doesn’t need to be repeated as often as microneedling, but the effects still fade over time. While microneedling could be a monthly routine, botox may need to be injected again after three to six months.

Uses for the procedure

Botox has long been the ‘go to’ solution for getting rid of wrinkles and fine lines. While it’s sometimes used to treat migraines these days, it’s almost always a cosmetic procedure. Botox really isn’t used to treat much else aside from line and wrinkles. Microneedling, on the other hand, has many more uses.

While the most popular uses for microneedling are treating lines, wrinkles, and rejuvenating collagen production, that isn’t all it can do. It can also treat very harsh acne scars and pocked areas of skin. Rather than covering a lack of collagen and elastin, microneedling actually stimulates their production in the skin.


Microneedling and botox are both popular skin treatments, and for good reason. They’re both effective for reducing wrinkles and fine lines. Still, there are crucial differences between the two, and these differences may determine whether or not each is right for you.

While botox is more dramatic, and needs less frequent applications, it works on the muscles below the skin. Microneedling actually works to stimulate healing and promote the production of collagen and elastin as the skin heals.

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