Botulinum toxin and microneedling are two separate treatments that can be combined for glowing and younger-looking skin. This combination is called Meso-Tox, an innovative skin rejuvenating technique that can make the skin appear smoother and brighter, with tighter pores and less sebum.
So, what is Meso-Tox?
The treatment involves professional microneedling and delivering small doses of botulinum toxin mixed with expertly formulated serums into the surface layers of the skin. The process of skin needling creates micro-traumas, stimulating collagen and delivering beneficial ingredients deep into the layers.
In Meso-Tox, botulinum toxin is infused more shallowly. It does not fully affect the muscles, so there is still movement or facial expressions. With this treatment, It is used for softening fine lines and wrinkles and more importantly for improving the overall quality of the skin. This has a pore-tightening effect and helps reduce sebum production and has also shown to improve rosacea.
The combination of both treatments helps take years off your face, creating a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance. It can help address the following concerns:
- Uneven skin tone and texture
- Enlarged pores
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Dull complexion
- Mild skin laxity
What is microneedling?
Microneedling uses an automated skin needling device to vertically pierce the top layer of the skin. It causes micro-injuries and micro-trauma, which induces an immune response in the body. This activates the healing function of the skin and helps stimulate the production of new collagen.
The microneedling device also creates millions of fine fractional channels. This enables the skin to carry up to 80% more active ingredients deeper into its layers. It provides overall skin renewal, making it effective for addressing a wide range of skin concerns, such as:
- Enlarged pores
- Loose skin
At Cutis Medical Laser Clinics, we use an automated skin needling device that features an innovative microneedling technology. It is also the only device with a dedicated scar setting and protocols for revision of deep and atrophic scars. It also has dedicated serums (MG-Collection) exclusively designed for microneedling. This elevates the results of the treatment.
What is Botulinum toxin?
Botulinum toxin is a neurotoxin used for treating dynamic wrinkles or those that are formed due to repetitive facial expressions. It works by blocking the signal from a nerve to a muscle, which then softens and relaxes the wrinkles. It uses a neurotoxin protein (called botulinum toxin), which temporarily paralyzes the muscles responsible for lines and wrinkles.
It can treat or improve:
- Frown lines
- Forehead wrinkles
- Fine lines around the eyes (crow’s feet)
- Upper lip wrinkles (smoker’s lines)
In traditional botulinum toxin treatments, the product is injected into a muscle to weaken it and smooth facial wrinkles. It can take about two weeks to see the full results. With Meso-Tox, however, botulinum toxin is delivered at an intradermal level.
Why combine microneedling with Botulinum toxin?
When used together, botulinum toxin and microneedling provide a range of facial improvements. Microneedling is known to improve collagen and elastin production, which helps make the skin thicker and more elastic. Botulinum toxin, on the other hand, can improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, reduce sebum production, and decrease pore size and also helps with rosacea concerns.
What does the treatment involve?
The treatment starts with cleansing the skin and applying a numbing cream about 30 minutes before the procedure. Then, the microneedling device is gently moved across the skin, creating micro-injuries and fine fractional channels.
Botulinum toxin is mixed with an MG serum and used as a glide for the micro needling treatment. Through this technique, the active ingredients of botulinum toxin are infused into the top layers of the skin. There are also instances where other serums (or beneficial ingredients) may be applied over the fine fractional channels created by the microneedling.
What are the benefits of combining Botulinum toxin and professional microneedling?
As previously mentioned, the combination of these two treatments delivers various skin benefits. These include:
- Fewer wrinkles or improved wrinkle appearance
- Reduced oil production and pore size
- Improved skin redness (or flushing)
- Tightened skin
- Lower risk of discoloration, bruising, and infection from other procedures
- ‘Glass’ like glowing skin
Who are the ideal candidates?
The treatment is ideal for patients who want to improve their skin’s overall tone and texture, as well as improve moderate signs of aging. You can also turn to this treatment if you are considering botulinum toxin, but are worried about looking fake or frozen.
It is mostly suitable for patients of all skin types and complexions, but it is not recommended for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding and have a skin infection or open wound in the treatment area. Contact us today to find out if you are an ideal candidate for Meso-Tox.
Are there any side effects or downtime?
In general, there is minimal to no downtime with this combo treatment. There are, however, potential and temporary side effects. These include redness, tightness, dryness, and sensitivity to light. A consultation with our aesthetic doctor will let you know what to expect before, during, and after the procedure.
How long do the results last?
The results are temporary; they typically last between two and four months. You can maintain the results of your treatment with repeat Meso-Tox procedures.
Achieve smoother and glowing skin by combining microneedling and botulinum toxin. Get in touch with us today to learn more about the treatment or to find out if Meso-Tox is right for you.