Can You Microneedle After Botox? Expert Guide & Tips

Can you microneedle after botox? Yes. You can do it safely if you wait for the neurotoxin to settle first.

Navigating the world of cosmetic procedures can be complex, especially when combining treatments like microneedling after Botox.

As a seasoned doctor who has performed numerous Botox treatments, I understand patients’ concerns and the importance of timing these procedures correctly.

In this post, we will delve into the safety of combining these treatments and when it is appropriate to undergo Botox after microneedling.

With my expertise and experience in the field, you can trust that I will provide you with the guidance needed to make informed decisions about your cosmetic journey.

Keep reading this post to get answers to this and any other questions you have.

What Botox Treatment Involves

Botox is a magical wrinkle-erasing injection. But how does it work? Is it some kind of voodoo that keeps us looking young and spry? Actually, no.

lady getting a botox

Botox is a neurotoxin, which means it blocks nerve signals from traveling to muscles.

This prevents wrinkles from forming because the muscle can’t move as much. So while it might seem like voodoo, there’s a pretty simple science behind how Botox works!

Botox usually requires four sessions for administering the injections. The space between sessions is three months.

What Micro-needling Involves

No one wants to have scars on their skin. if you had acne during puberty, you know how hard it is to get rid of acne scars. Creams and serums take ages to work, and you want to get flawless skin ASAP. Microneedling can help you clear your face. 

lady having a microneedling session

According to the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology(1), micro-needling can help reduce acne scars and stretch marks. However, you must undergo several treatment sessions before you can completely clear the skin marks.

Micro-needling works by stimulating your skin and promoting the production of collagen and other proteins. A doctor uses a device to create micro-injuries on your skin.   

The minor wounds make your body produce collagen and elastin to heal the skin. The result is that your skin becomes tighter and smoother.

Interested in post-treatment care? Find out “Can you wear makeup after Botox” in our detailed article on the subject.

Combining Botox and Micro-needling

While both treatments work well independently, you can do both to get the best results. Botox will work on your muscles while micro-needling targets the skin. However, there are things you need to know to get it done safely.

Who can do it?

Anyone can combine micro-needling and botox if they want to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and get rid of acne scars.

middle-aged lady holding her face and wondering if she can microneedle after botox

The treatments are not suitable for the following people:

  • Those who have a history of getting keloid scars.
  • Expectant or nursing women.
  • Those who have gone through radiation treatment within the last year.
  • Those with wounds or infections on the skin.
  • Anyone allergic to botox chemicals.

Can I do micro-needling after botox?

Yes. You can do micro-needling after botox. You have to wait until the neurotoxin settles before you get the micro-needling treatment. 

How long after botox can you micro-needle?

You can micro-needle after the neurotoxin settles.  It can take between 4 and 24 hours after the procedure. The time this takes to happen varies depending on the person.

lady having a microneedling session

But it’s better and safer to wait at least a week between the two treatments.

Can I get botox right after micro-needling?

You cannot get botox immediately after micro-needling. It would be best if you waited until your skin healed first. 

How soon after micro-needling can I get botox?

While you could prefer having both procedures simultaneously, it is not a good idea. Although the procedures complement each other, they have different requirements.

senior lady holding her face

Botox requires healthy skin, and micro-needling leaves injuries on your skin. 

For you to safely get both procedures done, you need to do is wait for at least two weeks after your micro-needling treatment before you can get botox.

You cannot use heavy makeup after micro-needling until your skin heals. You can only use your regular moisturizer when your skin becomes dry and peeling.

While we discuss microneedling post-botox, you may find our “Microneedling vs Botox” comparison useful.

Also, check out “Can You Wear Makeup After Botox” and the “Best Serum for Microneedling at Home” for further insights.

Is it safe to Combine Micro-needling and Botox?

While you are thinking of getting both procedures done, it is normal to worry about the safety of the procedures.

If you want to know the risks, side effects, and benefits of combining both procedures, keep reading this section.  


Can I get botox one week after micro-needling?

No. It is advisable to wait for at least two weeks after micro-needling before you get botox. You can also get it before your micro-needling session.

Can I get micro-needling and botox done on the same day?

This depends on how fast the neurotoxin settles after your botox treatment. Ideally, you should wait at least 24 hours before micro-needling after getting botox.

Can you moisturize after micro-needling?

While you cannot apply makeup after micro-needling, you can moisturize two days after the procedure when your skin becomes dry and flaky.

Can you microneedle under eye bags?

Yes. Micro-needling under eye bags can improve your appearance.


Everyone wants to look young, making you look for ways to maintain your youthful skin.

You can get the best results when you combine micro-needling and botox. Now you know when to microneedle after botox and what to expect after the procedure.

It is advisable to have a professional doctor do your cosmetic procedures.

When combining the procedures, you are better off starting with botox and finishing up with micro-needling.

This will give you a shorter healing time compared to doing the reverse.

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  • 1. Casabona, Gabriela, et al. “Safety and efficacy of micro-needling technology in the treatment of acne scars.” Journal of cosmetic dermatology11 (2021): 3482-3491.
  • 2. Hollimon N. Microneedling: What It’s Like [Internet]. WebMD. 2020. Available from:
  • 3.Nichols H. Botox: Side effects, function, uses, procedure, and more [Internet]. 2020. Available from:
About Olaf Bieschke

Olaf Bieschke is a senior year medical student from Charité University of Berlin in Germany. He has gained professional experience in various hospitals and offices in Germany, Belgium, France, Poland, Brazil and Spain. Currently working on a dr. med. title thesis in neurosurgery. Follow him on LINKEDIN AND FACEBOOK. Learn more about him HERE.