When it comes to facial rejuvenation, microneedling leads the pack in minimally invasive, yet highly effective treatment. Popularized in the mid-1990s, this non-invasive cosmetic dermatology treatment has helped countless men and women restore a healthy glow and improve their skin texture.
While much of the treatment’s benefits are administered during the actual microneedling session, successful treatment doesn’t end once your appointment is over. Proper post-treatment care can make an important difference in your recovery and results. With the right post-microneedling skincare strategy, patients can maximize their investment and enjoy their improved appearance well into the future.
A Quick Recap of Microneedling
Before diving into the best recovery solutions, it’s important to know what exactly microneedling is and how the treatment helps improve skin quality.
Also called collagen induction therapy, microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure that uses very small needles to create extremely small holes in the top layers of skin. This microtrauma triggers the body’s natural healing process, causing it to generate new collagen and elastin to heal these tiny holes. As a result, new skin cells develop evenly across the treatment area, improving the appearance of scars, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation as well as the texture of the skin.
While microneedling remains a much less invasive treatment option than other facial rejuvenation solutions, it is still considered among the more advanced options available. As such, ensuring proper post-treatment care is an important step in the overall treatment process.
Recovering from Microneedling.
As microneedling is minimally invasive and requires little downtime, many patients are choosing this option before considering other rejuvenation solutions like chemical peels or laser rejuvenation. However, the minimal recovery associated with microneedling doesn’t mean that patients are free to return to their normal skincare routines following treatment. Rather, in order to preserve the results of their treatments, it is highly recommended that individuals adopt some, if not all of these recommendations for the weeks following their procedure:
The new channels created by microneedling create the perfect entry for important cleansers and nutrients to penetrate deep into the skin’s layers. However, they also provide entry for bacteria and toxins to enter your skin and wreak havoc on your complexion. For the first few days following your procedure, be sure to avoid touching your face and keep it clean by using a gentle cleanser.
Hydrate, Hydrate Hydrate
While the microneedling procedure may not involve the use of chemicals, it can dry out skin, leaving it feeling rough to the touch. For the week after treatment, our team recommends using a hyaluronic acid-based topical treatment to help add moisture to your skin. Antioxidant serum can also help soothe irritated skin and accelerate the healing process.
Avoid Sun Exposure
After microneedling procedures, your skin is especially delicate due to the creation of new holes in the skin. As a result, your skin is especially vulnerable to the sun’s harmful UV rays. If you must spend time outdoors, be sure to use a chemical-free sunscreen and apply it regularly for at least a week following treatment.
Ditch the Makeup and Skincare Products.
Microneedling creates new channels for important serums to reach deep into the skin, nourishing your skin from within. However, applying makeup, active skincare products or powder to your skin too soon after treatment can have a negative effect on your treatment results.
We recommend all patients avoid applying makeup for at least 72 hours following their microneedling session and all skin care products, cleansing brushes and other chemicals for at least a week. Patients should also stay out of tanning beds, avoid working out or sweating and swimming for at least 72 hours following their appointment.
Schedule Your Microneedling Session with Abadir Associates
With microneedling treatments, achieving beautiful, younger looking skin has never been easier. To learn more about undergoing and recovering from this facial rejuvenation procedure, call our team today and schedule your consultation. We look forward to helping you achieve a refreshed appearance.