What to Expect After Microneedling

Understanding why microneedling is such a popular treatment choice for men and women of any age is easy. It requires no chemicals, surgery or extensive downtime and it can provide impressive results that last. Whether you want to reduce texture irregularities, lighten dark spots or smooth out signs of aging, microneedling is a smart choice. Knowing what to expect after microneedling is important and will help to ease any concerns you may have about the treatment. 

Immediately After a Microneedling Treatment

Patients can expect their skin to look red immediately after a microneedling treatment. This is because of increased blood flow to the skin as part of the body’s natural wound healing response to the ultrafine needles of the microneedling handpiece that have penetrated the skin’s surface. The degree of redness can vary based on a person’s natural response to treatment. For example, someone whose face becomes flushed during a workout or in response to cold weather may experience more post-microneedling redness than others. Any redness experienced after microneedling typically lasts less than 24 hours and can be reduced by applying a high-quality moisturizer that will soothe and hydrate the skin. 

Can I Go Back to Work After a Microneedling Treatment?

A major contributor to the popularity of microneedling treatments is the fact that they do not require significant downtime. In most cases, patients can return to work immediately following a microneedling treatment. Sunscreen and makeup can also be applied immediately following treatment, although we recommend that it is free of fragrances and other skin irritants. Many of our patients receive a microneedling treatment during their lunch break and return to work after the treatment. The most important thing is to stay out of direct sunlight and harsh weather conditions as the skin will be particularly sensitive after a microneedling treatment. 

Recovery in the Hours and Days Following a Microneedling Treatment

After the effects of your facial numbing cream wear off, many patients experience a tightened feeling to their skin several hours after a microneedling treatment. The skin’s appearance will appear and feel similar to being sunburned for one to two days. Keeping the skin moisturized will increase comfort and help to reduce redness. Swelling and bruising in certain areas of the face can occur in the days following a microneedling treatment, although these side effects are not common. This usually happens around the eyes, and it is typically mild enough to be covered by makeup. The final phase of recovery after microneedling treatment usually involves skin that feels rough like sandpaper. This means that the tiny channels made during the microneedling treatment have induced cellular turnover, which indicates that the dead skin cells have risen to the skin’s surface and will slough off with mild flaking or peeling. After any rough areas of skin have healed, the skin’s surface will look and feel smooth, radiant and healthy.

What to Do After Microneedling

Considering that the downtime after microneedling is virtually zero, caring for the skin after a microneedling treatment is extremely simple. Any side effects will typically subside in a day or two. For a short time after that, the skin will be sensitive and should be treated with gentle skincare products. A gentle cleanser with lukewarm or cool water should be used to wash the face, and the skin should be patted dry before applying a soothing moisturizer. Since microneedling is intended to provoke an inflammatory response from the body, patients should avoid taking anti-inflammatory products like Advil or Motrin while recovering.

Harmony Healing has offered microneedling treatments for years and adheres to the highest safety standards for all treatments. Take the first step toward improving your skin’s health and appearance by scheduling a consultation today. Call us at 575.689.1401.