Microneedling is an innovative technique designed to rejuvenate and revitalize the skin and address various common skin care concerns such as wrinkles, fine lines, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, enlarged pores, and even stretch marks.
Microneedling has gained immense popularity as an effective cosmetic procedure for achieving youthful and rejuvenated skin. However, to ensure optimal results and minimize potential risks, it is crucial to follow pre-treatment instructions meticulously. Properly adhering to these instructions helps create favorable conditions for the procedure by ensuring that the skin is in its best possible state. By attentively complying with pre-treatment instructions tailored specifically for microneedling procedures, individuals can maximize their chances of obtaining exceptional outcomes while minimizing potential complications – propelling them towards healthier-looking and more vibrant skin.
- Avoid Sun Exposure: It is important to avoid excessive sun exposure for at least one week prior to undergoing microneedling. Also, avoid tanning beds. Sunburnt or tanned skin can be more sensitive and prone to irritation during the treatment process.
- Retinoid Products: If you are currently using retinoid products such as Retin-A or Renova, it is advised to discontinue their use at least three days before your scheduled microneedling session. These products can increase skin sensitivity and lead to potential discomfort during the procedure.
- Exfoliation: Refrain from exfoliating treatments like chemical peels and microdermabrasion for at least two weeks before microneedling. These procedures can make your skin more sensitive and increase the risk of irritation during needling.
- Hydration: Keeping your skin well-hydrated in the days leading up to microneedling is essential. Drink plenty of water and moisturize regularly with a non-comedogenic moisturizer suitable for your skin type. Well-moisturized skin tends to respond better during the needling process.
- Medications & Supplements: Inform your skin care provider about any medications or supplements you are taking beforehand.
- Immediate redness and flushing resembling a sunburn are expected after microneedling. The redness and flushing should improve within 3-5 days.
- The skin may feel tight, dry, puffy and experience minor sloughing during the healing process. These symptoms are normal and typically resolve within 3 to 7 days. It is important not to manually peel any skin as it can lead to hyperpigmentation or scars that could last a lifetime. By day seven, the skin should be completely healed from the treatment.
- Depending on individual goals and skin quality, a course of 3–4 treatments is usually needed for optimal results.
- For issues like acne scars, more intensive treatment with 6–8 sessions may be required.
Post Treatment Care
It is crucial to understand that the results of microneedling heavily rely on post-treatment care practices. Following the procedure, a proper skincare routine becomes indispensable to ensure optimal healing and long-lasting outcomes. Nurturing a diligent approach towards post-treatment care not only enhances the recovery period but also maximizes the benefits achieved from microneedling treatments.
- Keep the treated area clean and avoid touching it unnecessarily. This will reduce the risk of infection and promote faster healing.
- Apply a gentle cleanser or mild soap to cleanse the skin twice a day. Use your fingertips or a soft cloth, avoiding any rough scrubbing motions that may irritate the skin.
- Avoid applying makeup or other skincare products for at least 24 hours after treatment to allow the microchannels created by microneedling to close properly.
- Protect your skin from sun exposure by wearing sunscreen with a high SPF (at least 30) whenever you go outside, even on cloudy days. Sunscreen should be applied every two hours if you are spending an extended period in direct sunlight.
- Avoid rigorous exercises or activities that may cause excessive sweating for at least 48 hours after microneedling, as sweat can potentially irritate freshly treated skin.
- Refrain from using any exfoliating products such as scrubs, retinol creams, or alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) for about one-week post-treatment since these substances may be too harsh on newly rejuvenated skin.
- Moisturize regularly using a gentle moisturizer suitable for your skin type to keep it hydrated and nourished throughout the healing process.
- Eat healthy foods rich in nutrients like vitamins A, C, E, zinc, and collagen.
Skincare Regimen Following Microneedling Treatment
- Cleanse gently: Begin by cleansing your face with a mild, non-abrasive cleanser that won't irritate your skin further. Opt for a gentle formulation that will effectively remove impurities without causing any unnecessary redness or sensitivity.
- Soothing toner: Next, apply a soothing toner infused with calming ingredients like chamomile or rosewater. This step helps restore the skin's pH balance while providing an extra layer of hydration.
- Hydrating serum: Post-micro needling, your skin craves moisture and nourishment. Apply a hydrating serum rich in hyaluronic acid or peptides to replenish lost hydration and support collagen production for plump and firm skin.
- Antioxidant-rich moisturizer: Seal in all the goodness by applying an antioxidant-rich moisturizer. Look for ingredients like vitamin C or E, which help protect against environmental damage while promoting brighter and healthier-looking skin.
- Sunscreen protection: Finally, don't forget to shield your delicate post-microneedled complexion from harmful UV rays! Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to safeguard against sunburns and photodamage.
If you have any specific questions about the treatment, don't hesitate to ask! We are here to give you all the information you need to get ready for your treatment and are always happy to answer any questions you may have.