Before getting into the treatment process, the question that pops into our minds is ‘What is micro-needling?’ Micro-needling is a cosmetic procedure where a device is used that has small needles attached to it that cause micro-injuries. This gives rise to the skin to stimulate collagen production. If you go through 4 or 5 sessions of it, your skin will look smoother, healthier, and glowing skin.
If you have problems like wrinkles, fine lines, acne scars, skin pigmentation issues, bothersome pimples under the skin, or if your skin has lost its plumpness then this is a very good choice for you to bring back your youthful skin.
Treatment Care Guide For Microneedling Before and After
Micro-needling is a highly effective and one of the safest cosmetic treatments for sure. I personally have gone through this and trust me the outcomes were amazing. Take great care of your skin before and after the surgery for a speedy recovery and the best possible outcomes, as is the case with any therapy.
Care Guide Before the Micro-Needling Procedure
- The first thing you should avoid before going through the procedure is avoiding Accutane or other medications that contain isotretinoin for 6 months.
- Avoid using or applying anything to your skin for the preceding 5–7 days that could cause it to become more sensitive before you go for your treatment. It's best to stay away from exfoliants and topical antibiotics, as well as anything that contains retinoids, retinol, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid, peptides, or hydroxy acids.
- For at least three days before your scheduled treatment, you should refrain from using any non-prescription or prescription anti-inflammatory drugs or supplements, such as Motrin, Advil, or ibuprofen. The natural inflammatory process, necessary for skin renewal, can be thwarted by these drugs.
- Avoid having any laser or IPL treatments done for at least 4 weeks after your surgery. Sun exposure, and sunburn especially, should be avoided for at least 14 days before micro-needling.
- Refrain from having electrolysis performed, waxing, or using depilatory creams on the treated area in the week leading up to your microneedling session.
- Do not shave the day of the treatment to prevent skin irritation. Shave the treatment area a few days before the session if there is thicker hair there; this will give your skin time to recover from the razor burn and reduce your risk of infection.
- A couple of days before the treatment, as well as on the day of, you should refrain from using any harsh scrubs in your skincare routine that could irritate the skin.
- If you have a history of cold sores, it's a good idea to start taking an antiviral medication a few days before your scheduled treatment.
- Bruising is a common adverse effect of traditional micro-needling, therefore avoid using any blood-thinning medications for 7 days before treatment. Radiofrequency micro-needling significantly reduces the possibility of bruising.
Care Guide After The Micro-Needling Procedure
- For at least a few days following micro-needling, you shouldn't take any anti-inflammatory medications, just as you didn't in the days leading up to the procedure.
- If certain patches of your skin are peeling, don't fret. This is to be expected at this stage of the lengthy procedure. Just make sure to include enough water in your daily skincare routine.
- Never put your skin in a situation where it could freeze or roast. So, break out the ice and saunas.
- Similarly, sites like public pools, rivers, lakes, and the ocean should be avoided because of the high number of germs that can be found there.
- After the treatment, breakouts are very common due to the fact that impurities in the deep skin layers come onto the skin surface.
- Make sure you avoid going in the sun for at least 14 days after your treatment because it would harm your skin as after microneedling your skin gets very sensitive. Use sunscreen with at least 35 SPF and keep a hat with you too.
- Don’t go for further procedures soon after your treatment for at least 4 weeks because it would worsen the condition of your skin so don’t risk it.
- Avoid tanning beds if you want to err on the side of caution after collagen induction therapy.
- If you still feel pain in the treated area after the first few days, you can take a painkiller for it.
Microneedling is all about the skin treatment. If someone goes through acne problems, fine lines, and other concerns like that. If you want to improve the overall appearance of your skin, remove scars, and have no fine lines then go for the microneedling but make sure to take precautions or do it after and before care.
Pre-care involves not going in the sun much, and avoiding exfoliating treatments and some skincare products. On the other hand, post-care includes: taking good care of your cleanliness, keeping your skin moisturized, and away from the sun. If you follow these essentials given by the professional, you will end up with very good results for sure.