Category: Skin


Skin Needling VS. Botox

When it comes to transformative skincare treatments – Skin Needling is at the top of the list!

You’re on the quest for younger-looking, more radiant skin. And the options available to you are plentiful, many with incredible results. But with so many amazing treatments currently available, it can become confusing, overwhelming, and lets face it.. expensive.  

For a treatment that improves the appearance of the skin and face, Botox was crowned king a long time ago. Then over time and in more recent years fillers and laser treatments have become increasingly popular in the skin space. 

Personally, I like to keep things as simple as possible. Skin Needling is recognised as a fantastic way to not only give you that youthful glow, but to really improve the health and functioning of your skin.  And with little downtime, no toxic chemicals and at a low cost – it is hands down my skin treatment of choice. 

But what is right for me may not be suitable for you.  So, for the purpose of this article, let’s look at Skin Needling vs. Botox… and which one could work for you. 


Botox is a drug that weakens or paralyses muscle.  It can help to treat some medical conditions but is more widely known for its ability to smooth the appearance of the skin by reducing wrinkles.  

Botox doesn’t treat the surface of the skin, instead it is injected into the underlying muscle, partially paralysing it.  The restricted movement of the muscle smooths the appearance of skin by stopping fine lines and wrinkles being able to form.  

Depending on your desired results, how frozen you want your face to be, and how many mL of Botox your cosmetic injector administers, you may still have movement and expression in your face. 

Botox Injection


You will notice the effects of Botox fade over time and results will generally last between 3-6 months. 


The level of discomfort associated with Botox injections varies from patient to patient.  With a topical anaesthetic Botox injections can be virtually painless.  But even without numbing, pain is minimal. 

You may feel a little pinch at the injection site but it’s quick and with an experienced injector you may not even notice it at all. 

There is no downtime with Botox, however you may experience some bruising and swelling which can last for several days. 


A single Botox treatment can be costly. Anywhere between $300 to $1000 depending on the area/s being treated and how many units are required.  

A single unit can cost between $9 and $15 and if we look at treating the forehead as an example, you may require up to 20 units.  

As the effect of Botox is temporary, there is a repeat cost every three to six months if you want to maintain the results. Despite the ongoing costs, Botox procedures remain popular in Australia and according to the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery (ACCS), Australians are spending a whopping $350m on Botox treatments each year! 

Now let’s take a look at Skin Needling… 


When it comes to transformative skincare treatments, Skin Needling is at the top of the list.

Skin needling (also referred to as micro-needling) is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure based on the skin’s own ability to repair itself.

The procedure involves using a device with tiny needles drawn across the skin to create microinjuries which encourage the body’s innate ability to regrow and repair the skin through its normal physiological processes.  This healing response releases growth factors and triggers the production of collagen and elastin improving the skins texture and structure leaving the skin rejuvenated, firm, smooth and more youthful in appearance. 

Skin Needling is also referred to as collagen induction therapy, which can:

  • Improve skin cellular turnover
  • Firm and tighten skin tone
  • Clear up and smooth the complexion
  • Minimise hyperpigmentation and age spots
  • Improve the appearance of acne scarring 
  • Strengthen a fragile capillary network
  • Improve skin’s overall structure

Skin Needling is not an aggressive procedure, and if performed correctly does not damage the epidermis long term, and there is virtually no risk of scarring or infection. 

Skin Needling


Skin Needling is designed to provide incremental results and has shown long-term benefits from as little as three treatments.  

As Skin Needling stimulates and renews the skin, results do not fade or wear off as they do with other cosmetic procedures.  The health of your skin will start to improve within a week of your first treatment with a more noticed radiance, textural and fine line improvement increasing over the following 4-6 weeks.

You will benefit most from a series of treatments four weeks apart for six months from which the results will then build and can last up to years with the correct skincare and Skin Needling maintenance to maintain your glowing results! 


There is some discomfort associated with Skin Needling, however, the application of a topical anaesthetic prior to the treatment can be very helpful. 

The level of discomfort will also depend on your pain threshold and a variant of other factors like where you are at in your cycle, if you’re tired/hungry etc. 

Immediately after treatment you may experience redness and minor swelling.  Once the anaesthetic wears off your skin can feel warm and a little stingy. 


Skin Needling prices can range up to several hundred dollars per treatment. 

Stevie J. offers an exclusive membership, allowing you to have monthly treatments at an affordable price, visit for details.


  • Skin Needling and Botox are suitable for all skin types – which treatment you choose depends on your needs.
  • Both treatments achieve different results, so rather than replacing each other, they can complement one another! 
  • Botox works by paralysing the muscles, Skin Needling stimulates collagen production – together they are an anti-aging powerhouse! 
  • Both can be used for preventative-aging.
  • If your goal is to improve not only the appearance, but the condition of your skin, then Skin Needling will be perfect for you.
  • If you’ve got stubborn deep wrinkles, Botox is great to treat the facial muscles that deepen the wrinkle. 
  • Skin Needling really does give you a healthy ‘glow’ that people notice.

It is recommended to wait 2 weeks after having Botox before having Skin Needling.  Or if you have your Skin Needling first, allow your skin to heal up to 7 days before having Botox injectables. 

Are you ready to invest in one of the best beauty treatments you’ll ever have?

If you are ready to start your Skin Needling journey and would like to discuss your concerns and membership options, I am offering you a complimentary 15-minute consultation.  Connect with me on Instagram or make a booking online here.