What can I expect after my Microneedling and Aqua Gold Treatments?
Immediately after treatment, your skin will feel warm and tight just like a bit of a sunburn. It will also be pink or mildly red as if you were out in the sun for a while. The redness and warm feeling should subside after a few hours. But for some patients, it can take a day or two for these side effects to go away completely. For others, it may take up to a week before the redness has completely subsided. If this happens, you may use a cooling face mask to reduce the redness, heat, and inflammation.
Since microneedling creates minuscule “wounds” in your skin, you cannot continue with your regular skin care routine immediately after treatment. Instead, you will have to follow specific post microneedling aftercare instructions which we will provide you at the end of your treatment.
Tara suggests that you use the following aftercare methods in the days following the treatment.
1: Cleansing Your Skin For the first 72 hours following your microneedling treatment.
Only clean your face with lukewarm water (not hot or cold) and a gentle cleanser such as the ZO Gentle Cleanser. Always make sure to clean your hands before washing your face and touching the treated skin. Do not use a face cloth or any powered cleansing brushes for at least a week after your treatment. Simply use your fingertips to wash your skin very gently. Gently dry your skin with a clean towel (lightly dab the water away).
2: The Importance of Hydration and Specialized Serums.
Our HA Serum and Accelerator will help soothe and heal the skin while reducing irritation. Since your skin will feel drier than usual, you can hydrate and restore your skin’s balance with a serum containing hyaluronic acid and growth factors as well. We recommend the Growth Factor Serum by ZO skin Health sold here at DCCM. Using moisturizers with ceramides and spritzing hydrating water sprays whenever your skin feels dry can also help soothe your skin. Remember, of course, to drink plenty of water to hydrate and to help heal your skin faster.
3: Avoiding Irritants and Makeup.
Do not wear makeup for 24 to 72 hours following your microneedling treatment so you can allow your skin to breathe and recover. Also, do not use a makeup brush at this time—especially a dirty one. When it is safe to use a makeup brush again, make sure only to use clean ones; as contaminated brushes can cause skin irritation and infections. Your skin is sensitive and healing during this rejuvenation process, so avoid using any products that could irritate it or clog your pores.
4: Protecting your Skin from The Sun Immediately after your treatment.
You should only use chemical-free topical lotions. It is best, therefore, to avoid the sun altogether. If you must go out in the sun, you will need to apply a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 25 or higher sunscreen. A sun hat could also be used if you are going to be outside for a few short moments. These measures should not only be for after your treatment but should always be a part of your regular day-to-day skin care routine, to protect your skin from premature aging.
5: No Need for Exfoliation.
While your skin is healing, do not use any abrasive products like exfoliators and alcohol-based toners. While it may be tempting to exfoliate your skin, you must remember that it is healing and regenerating. You should only apply products that help soothe and heal the skin during this time.
What to Avoid After A Microneedling Treatment
Along with changing your skincare routine after a microneedling treatment, you must also avoid the following:
Direct sunlight, Swimming, Sweating, exercise, and vigorous activities that cause sweating; and, Tanning beds, in general, Powered cleansing brushes, Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids, Retinol (Vitamin A), Vitamin C (low-pH formula) scrubs; and, Anything perceived as “active” skincare.
Even on regular days, it’s important to treat your skin gently with products that are effective but not damaging to your skin. When you are healing, however, you must take additional care to get optimal results from your treatment.
Microneedling is a minimally-invasive skin rejuvenation treatment that can effectively treat your skin concerns. It remains of course that like all skin treatments it requires proper aftercare.
We want to thank you for choosing the team here at DCCM. As always, please call us with any questions or concerns that may arise. We are here for you and want you to feel confident in the process just as much as in your skin!
Our number is (603)-783-1087
Between the hours of 8AM and 4PM you may call the office number. However, if you feel you have a pressing question that can not wait until normal business hours; please text (603)-783-1087 so we can assist you. We hope you enjoy your results and look forward to seeing you again at your next visit.
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