Micro-Needling Pre + Post Care Instructions

BEFORE procedure

  • 14 DAYS BEFORE PROCEDURE: Inform your provider if you have a history of Perioral Herpes to receive advice on antiviral therapy prior to treatment.
  • 3-5 DAYS BEFORE PROCEDURE: Avoid topical products such as Tretinoin (Retin-A), Retinols, Retinoids, Glycolic Acid, Alpha Hydroxy Acid, Vitamin C, or any “anti-aging” products. Also, avoid waxing, bleaching, tweezing, or using hair removal cream on the area to be treated.
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages 24 hours before (or after) your treatment to avoid extra bruising.
  • Avoid this procedure if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

dAY OF YOUR PROCEDURE

  • Arrive at the office with a “clean face”. Please do not wear makeup.
  • Your treatment will last approximately 60 minutes.

Recuperation + Healing

  • Wait a few hours (preferably at bedtime) before gently washing your face. Using a gentle cleanser, massage your face to remove the remaining serum and dried blood.
  • 12-48 HOUR POST TREATMENT: Continue using a gentle cleanser to wash your face. You may use a light moisturizer, hyaluronic acid serums, sunscreen, and mineral-based make-up. Be sure to wear SPF30 or greater.
  • AFTER 48-72 HOURS POST TREATMENT: You may start using your regular skin care regimen. Using a retinol product is strongly recommended as it will optimize your results.

Avoid the Following

  • Avoid anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, Motrin, or Advil. These types of medications will interfere with the inflammatory response that is crucial for optimal results and skin rejuvenation.
  • Avoid direct sun exposure for 10 days post-treatment. NO TANNING BEDS.
  • Avoid topical products such as Tretinoin (Retin-A), Retinols, Retinoids, Glycolic Acid, Alpha Hydroxy Acid, Vitamin C, or any “anti-aging” products. Also, avoid waxing, bleaching, tweezing, or using hair removal cream on the area to be treated.
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages 24 hours before (or after) your treatment to avoid extra bruising.
  • Avoid this procedure if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Warning

  • There may be some degree of swelling immediately after treatment; however, if you have excessive swelling or any of the following signs of infection, you should contact the office immediately.  Signs of infection include:

    • Drainage – looks like pus
    • Increased warmth at or around the treated area
    • Fever of 101.5 or greater
    • Extreme itching

Follow-up

  • Every 4-6 weeks until your series of treatments is complete
  • 1 month after your final treatment

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