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Do's and Don'ts After a Microneedling Treatment

Microneedling is a type of collagen induction therapy (CIT). The minimally invasive procedure aims to stimulate your blood circulation and collagen production. Its goal is to improve the appearance of your skin. The microneedling preparation and procedure may take anywhere from one to many hours and often takes place in a clinical environment.

Some key information rarely discussed online are the do's and don'ts after the treatment. Since microneedling punctures your skin, you need to take extra care of it afterwards to protect your skin during the healing period.


What to Expect After a Microneedling Treatment

You can expect some minor side effects after having a microneedling treatment. Soon after the appointment with your cosmetic surgeon, your skin may redden. This redness will typically subside within 48 hours. Other symptoms like breakouts and peeling might take slightly longer to subside.

Most of the microneedling recovery takes place within the first day or two. However, healing will continue for up to two months afterward under your skin's surface. There is little you can do to remove the redness immediately after the treatment. This is true even with the highest level of aftercare you practice. 


Additionally, you can experience swelling for the next 48 hours. Peeling or flaking is also typical. Aftercare using gentle cleansers and moisturizers can reduce the side effects. Fortunately, the downtime after the procedure is fairly shorter than that of other cosmetic treatments.


The Do's and Don'ts After Microneedling

Your surgeon will provide detailed instructions on what to do after the treatment. These instructions are often tailor-made based on your skin type or medical history. For this reason, you should follow them to the letter.


What to Do After a Microneedling Treatment

Some of the things to do after the procedure include:


Using Sun Protection

Using sunscreen after the procedure is crucial. As a general rule, use it frequently for the first two weeks after microneedling. Remember to apply sunscreen anytime you plan to go outdoors in the days following the procedure. Also, avoid spending long periods out in the sun. You will be more susceptible to sun damage than usual.


Using Gentle Moisturizer and Cleanser Options

Seek advice from your dermatologist about the appropriate cleansers, scrubs, and toners for your circumstance. This ensures the ingredients will not exacerbate the side effects. Products with hyaluronic acid are advisable after microneedling as it helps stimulate collagen production. You may apply coconut oil if your skin feels dry, as it hydrates and locks down moisture. You may also cleanse dry skin using alcohol-free, diluted witch hazel. Other things you can do after microneedling include constantly washing your hands and using clean brushes.


What Not to Do After a Microneedling Treatment

After microneedling, avoid the following:


Avoid Retinols and Exfoliants

Avoid using products with strong compounds meant to exfoliate. Also, avoid products with alpha hydroxyl acids or glycolic acid. Anything scented is harmful. Avoid retinol and vitamin C serum for the first two days after the procedure. Other things to avoid include exercising and wearing makeup.


For more on microneedling aftercare do’s and don’ts, contact SD Bombshell Aesthetics at our office in La Jolla, California. Call (858) 330-3400 to book an appointment today.

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