Microneedling: Before and After Care Instructions

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Microneedling is a high performance med spa skin care treatment that gets results. The technique involves employing a specialized device equipped with minuscule needles to create controlled micro-injuries on specific areas of the skin. The deliberate micro-injuries prompt the body to initiate a repair response while also kickstarting the production of elastin and collagen.

Often referred to as collagen induction therapy, microneedling can be enhanced by incorporating radio frequency, a technique designed to further boost collagen production. Considering or undergoing microneedling? Understanding the nuances of both before and aftercare will help maximize the benefits of microneedling while ensuring a smooth and effective recovery.

How To Prepare For Microneedling

Microneedling requires careful preparation, considering your medical history and lifestyle choices. Here's how to prepare for a microneedling session:

1. Medication Check: Before your appointment, take inventory of your medications. If you have acne-prone skin and are on Accutane or similar medications, it's recommended you pause six months before microneedling. These drugs heighten skin sensitivity, making it more prone to irritation and potential bacterial infection. For those on blood-thinning medications or supplements like Aspirin, ibuprofen, or Fish Oil, refrain from taking them 72 hours before and after the procedure to avoid complications in the healing process. If you're prone to cold sores, consider an anti-viral prescription 48 hours before and the day of your treatment to prevent flare-ups. Always consult with your medical professional for personalized advice.

2. Skincare Routine Modifications: In the days leading up to your microneedling appointment, treat your skin with care. Avoid abrasive products like retinol, exfoliants, and acids for at least 48 hours. Shield your skin from harmful UV rays by avoiding direct sunlight and tanning beds for five days before the treatment.

3. Beauty Treatment Considerations: Refrain from hair removal methods like electrolysis, laser treatments, or waxing two weeks before your appointment. Shaving is fine a few days before, but leave a 24-48 hour grace period to prevent skin irritation. Avoid botox, laser treatments, and chemical procedures for two weeks before microneedling to allow your skin sufficient time to recover. If you've had filler injections, wait four weeks before scheduling your microneedling appointment.

4. Diet and Lifestyle Support: Support your skin from the inside out with a healthy diet. Avoid alcohol 24 hours before your appointment, and steer clear of caffeinated foods or drinks on the day of the procedure, as they can promote bruising and inflammation. Refrain from intense exercise 24-48 hours before your appointment.

5. Day of the Appointment: On the day of your microneedling session, keep your skin clean, dry, and makeup-free. If you skip this step, your skincare professional will take care of it for you. Expect the application of a layer of numbing cream before the procedure to minimize discomfort. 

Microneedling Post Treatment Instructions

After your microneedling appointment, taking care of your skin is important for optimal results and a smooth recovery. Post-treatment, keep the treated area clean and avoid makeup for at least the first day. Opt for a gentle cleanser to wash your face, steering clear of any harsh chemicals that might irritate your sensitive skin. Hydration is key—use a mild, non-comedogenic moisturizer to keep your skin nourished and aid in the healing process. Sun protection is a non-negotiable; shield your skin from direct sunlight and wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30. As your skin will be more sensitive post-microneedling, steer clear of intense physical activities for the first 24 to 48 hours. Lastly, follow any specific post-care instructions provided by your esthetician to ensure a seamless recovery and maximize the benefits of your microneedling experience.

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