microneedling treatment and aftercare instructions
- There may be some degree of discomfort, i.e., scratchiness, itchiness, irritation, stinging and hotness.
- It is normal for the treated area to appear red with sight swelling after the treatment, similar to mild-moderate sunburn, which can last for up to 4 days following treatment.
- There may also be temporary mild bruising and/or petechiae (pinpoint, round spots that appear on the skin as a result of bleeding and can appear red, brown or purple). “Most” people will look 75% recovered within a couple of days.
- If you are prone to cold sores, you may want to consider taking an antiviral orally to prevent a possible breakout.
- Skin tends to feel dry and tight and may result in some light flaking over the following week. This is considered to be a “no downtime” treatment, however downtime is very subjective. Most people can resume to work the following day or two without concern for their appearance. You may resume wearing makeup and sunscreen the following day.
- In order to achieve maximum results, you may need a series of treatments and/or maintenance treatments and the use of daily products over a period of time.
- ou will need to take extra precaution to guard against exposure to the sun, Use SPF of 30 or more and a large brimmed hat (not a visor or baseball hat) when spending time outdoors for the following month. Darker skin tones will especially want to be careful to avoid hyperpigmentation (brown spots) due to unprotected sun exposure and higher risk of hyperpigmentation.
- Avoid washing your face or wearing makeup until the following morning as it may aggravate the skin.
- Avoid washing your face with hot water or water directly blasting on your skin (under the shower nozzle) for the following week.
- Avoid strenuous exercise (i.e. hot yoga/running), steam baths and saunas for the next 5 to 7 days as excessive sweat can increase inflammation and irritation the skin.
- Avoid swimming in chlorinated water as it can increase dryness and irritation.
- Do not use harsh cleansers, scrubs, Clarisionic (or an other scrubbing brushes), washcloths, Retin-A, AHAs or Benzoyl Peroxide for 5 to 7 days.
- Do not exfoliate the area being treated in any way for the following 7 to 10 days.
- Recognize that many skin care products may feel more active and possibly irritating following microneedling. We ask that these products be discontinued temporarily (about a week) until skin has recovered.
- Do not wax, shave or dermaplane your lip/brow/face or any body part being microneedled for the next 10 days to avoid any irritation.
- Do not have any other facial treatments, facial fillers or Botox within 2 weeks of receiving this treatment. Darker skin tones may want to wait an additional 2 weeks to avoid possible hyperpigmentation from injecting or exfoliating recently microneedled skin.
- Do not pick or pull flaky skin, as hyperpigmentation (brown spots) can occur.
Follow all aftercare instructions and product recommendations. Please call with any questions or concerns. Do not try DIY remedies or experiment when it comes to having your skin heal properly.