Microtox vs. Botox: What’s the Difference?

Microtox vs. Botox

Botox and Microtox may seem similar, but they have significant differences. While both are injectable treatments used to address wrinkles and fine lines, the way they work and their effects can vary greatly. So, we’ll explore the distinct characteristic benefits of Microtox and Botox, which will help determine which option best aligns with their individual goals and preferences.

What is Botox?

Botox is a well-established injectable treatment that has been used for decades to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It is a brand name for the neurotoxin onabotulinumtoxinA, which temporarily paralyzes the muscles and causes wrinkles. When injected, Botox blocks the signals from the nerves to the muscles, preventing them from contracting and creating wrinkles on the skin’s surface. 

This results in a smoother, more youthful appearance in areas like the forehead, around the eyes (crow’s feet), and between the brows (frown lines). Botox’s effects typically last for 3 to 4 months before the treatment needs to be repeated.

What is Microtox?

Microtox is a newer injectable treatment derivative of Botox that uses a lower concentration of the same neurotoxin. Rather than completely paralyzing the muscles like Botox, Microtox works by partially relaxing them. This partial muscle relaxation helps to soften wrinkles and fine lines without immobilizing the muscles entirely. 

Microtox is often used to treat wrinkles on the forehead, around the eyes (crow’s feet), and around the lips. While the results may be more subtle than Botox, the effects of Microtox typically last longer, with benefits visible for 4 to 6 months before the treatment needs to be repeated.

Microtox vs. Botox

While Botox and Microtox may seem similar on the surface, a closer examination reveals several critical distinctions between the two injectable treatments. 

  1. Neurotoxin Concentration
    1. Botox uses a higher concentration of the neurotoxin onabotulinumtoxinA.
    2. Microtox employs a lower concentration of the same neurotoxin.
  2. Muscle Relaxation
    1. Botox completely paralyzes the treated muscles.
    2. Microtox partially relaxes the muscles, allowing for a more natural appearance.
  3. Duration of Results
    1. Botox effects typically last 3-4 months.
    2. Microtox results are visible for 4-6 months.
  4. Potential Side Effects
    1. Botox may carry a higher risk of temporary muscle weakness or paralysis.
    2. Microtox’s lower neurotoxin concentration may be associated with a lower risk of side effects.

Target Concerns: Microtox vs. Botox

Both treatments share the use of botulinum toxin but differ significantly in their application techniques and the immediacy and type of results they deliver. 

Botox is primarily used to address dynamic wrinkles, which are lines that form from repetitive facial movements like frowning or squinting. It works by temporarily paralyzing the muscles responsible for these movements, thus smoothing the skin above. Botox is effective for deeper lines and wrinkles, and the results typically appear within a few days but may take up to two weeks to fully manifest. It’s also used to prevent the formation of new dynamic lines​​.

Microtox, on the other hand, involves delivering micro-doses of Botox using a microneedling technique, which allows for a more targeted and less invasive application. This method focuses on the upper layers of the skin rather than the muscles, such as microtox under the eyes. Microtox is particularly beneficial for reducing pore size, improving skin texture, and providing an overall skin-tightening effect. It also addresses issues like fine lines, redness, and excessive oiliness without the risk of creating a “frozen” look. The results from Microtox are usually visible more quickly, often within days, making it a good choice for those seeking immediate improvements with minimal downtime​.

Microtox vs. Botox: Expected Results

Each offers distinct benefits tailored to specific aesthetic goals, from smoothing deep wrinkles to refining skin surface details. This section delves into the expected results from both treatments, clarifying how quickly improvements appear, the duration of their effects, and the subtle yet significant differences in the rejuvenation they offer. 

Botox Results:

  • Botox typically takes about 7 to 14 days to show full effects.
  • The results usually last between 3 to 6 months, depending on the individual’s muscle activity and the area treated.
  • Users can expect a significant reduction in the appearance of deep facial wrinkles and lines, particularly around the forehead, eyes, and mouth.
  • Botox is effective in smoothing out expression lines, resulting in a more youthful appearance. However, overusing can lead to a diminished ability to make facial expressions, sometimes described as a “frozen” look.

Microtox Results:

  • The effects of Microtox can be seen much sooner, typically within a few days of the treatment.
  • Similar to Botox, the results can last several months but might vary slightly based on the technique and specific areas treated.
  • Microtox targets finer lines and skin texture, improving the skin’s overall appearance by reducing pore size, enhancing skin hydration, and providing a subtle lift and tightening effect.
  • The treatment leads to a more natural, refreshed look without significantly affecting facial expressions, avoiding the ‘frozen’ appearance associated with traditional Botox.

Microtox vs. Fillers

Both treatments offer valuable benefits for facial rejuvenation, with the choice depending mainly on the individual’s specific skin concerns and aesthetic goals. 


  • Microtox: Enhances skin texture and tone, focusing on fine lines, pore size, and overall skin appearance without significant facial muscle alteration.
  • Dermal Fillers Address volume loss and static wrinkles by adding volume beneath the skin to plump and define areas like lips and cheeks and smooth deep-set lines.

Method of Action:

  • Microtox: This procedure utilizes a microneedling technique to deliver tiny doses of Botox into the skin, targeting superficial skin layers rather than muscle.
  • Dermal Fillers: Injects substances like hyaluronic acid or collagen directly beneath the skin to restore lost volume and fill in wrinkles and folds.


  • Microtox: Results appear within a few days, enhancing skin texture and reducing minor imperfections subtly for a more natural look.
  • Dermal Fillers: Immediate effects that add volume and smooth out wrinkles, with results lasting from six months to several years, depending on the type of filler used.

Ideal Usage:

  • Microtox: Best for individuals seeking minor improvements and skin quality enhancements without altering facial expressions significantly.
  • Dermal Fillers: Suitable for individuals experiencing volume loss or deep static wrinkles who desire more pronounced and immediate corrections.

Duration of Effects:

  • Microtox: Effects last several months, typically requiring maintenance treatments to preserve skin quality improvements.
  • Dermal Fillers: Depending on the type, effects can last from six months to several years, with periodic treatments needed to maintain volume and smoothness.

Safety and Side Effects:

  • Microtox: Generally well-tolerated with minimal side effects; potential for minor irritation at the treatment site.
  • Dermal Fillers are also safe but carry a risk of more significant side effects, such as swelling, bruising, or asymmetry; severe but rare complications can include vascular occlusion or allergic reactions.


Ready to enhance your natural beauty and rejuvenate your skin? ANEU Medical Spa offers a range of customized treatments tailored to meet your unique needs, whether you’re considering the subtle enhancements of Microtox or the transformative effects of dermal fillers. Experience the difference with our expert team and state-of-the-art services. Don’t wait to feel more confident and refreshed—book your assessment with ANEU Medical Spa today and start your journey to a more youthful and radiant you!

You Are Invited to Visit Us

Call Now Button