What's in the Microinfusion Cocktail?
The beauty of the microinfusion facial comes from the potent combination of products tailored to each patient's needs, plus the microneedling method itself, which stimulates the production of collagen. For me, Dr. Devgan decided on a mixture of Botox (botulinum toxin), hyaluronic acid filler, and PRP from my own blood to work antiaging magic. Your dermatologist might choose to forgo the PRP or include certain vitamins like C and A depending on your skin type.
You might be wondering, "Botox? Won't that freeze my face?" Botox serves a different purpose here than when it's injected into the muscles. In the microinfusion facial, stamping Botox into the dermis shrinks the piloerector muscles, the small muscles attached to hair follicles. "If you're getting injectable Botox for, let's say, forehead wrinkles, we're injecting the Botox deeper into the muscle layer of your skin," Dr. Devgan said. "Botox delivered in the traditional way will reduce activity of muscles and give you fewer wrinkles. In this facial, the Botox is more superficial, so it has an effect on the quality of the skin, but you're going to have no difference in movement of your face. It gives you the feeling of porelessness and a beautiful glass skin look."
Hyaluronic acid is the major component of the body's own collagen, and so by applying it directly into the dermis, "you give the skin a juicy, hydrated, plump look, almost like a teenager's skin," Dr. Devgan said. PRP, which is separated from your blood using a centrifuge, is often referred to as "liquid gold" — it's rich in growth factors that ramp up stem cell production, meaning it stimulates the creation and generation of new, youthful skin.
Who Can Get Microinfusion?
Anyone is a candidate for microinfusion, but it definitely helps if you already have an established skincare regimen. Dr. Devgan said this treatment is especially effective for people who aren't a fan of wearing a ton of makeup and prefer to go bare-faced. "This is a great treatment if you're wanting to improve the quality of your skin, the suppleness, hydration, dewiness, fine lines, pores, and pigment," she said. "Interestingly, it's also great for people who are a bit acne prone, because Botox in your dermis decreases the production of sebum, which is oil in the skin. So it can break a breakout cycle."
However, if you're pregnant or breastfeeding, you should steer clear of anything with Botox or fillers, and if you have any irritation or broken skin, you'll need to wait until it clears up before getting microinfusion.