Micro-Needling Pre + Post Care Instructions

Before Treatment

  • 1 WEEK BEFORE Discontinue all topical products containing Tretinoin (Retin-A), Retinols, Retinoids, Glycolic Acid, Alpha Hydroxy Acid, Vitamin C, or any anti-aging products.
  • 1 WEEK BEFORE treatment, do not ingest blood thinning medications such as Aspirin, Motrin, Ibuprofen, and Aleve.
    • If you have a cardiovascular history, please check with your doctor prior to stopping the use of blood thinners.
  • Also, avoid herbal supplements, such as Garlic, Vitamin E, Ginkgo Biloba, St. John’s Wort, and Omega-3 capsules.
  • 24 HOURS BEFORE treatment, do not drink alcoholic beverages.
  • AVOID bleaching, waxing, tweezing, or using depilatory creams in the treatment area.
  • Use sunscreen with UVA/UVB protection with SPF 30 or higher.
  • If you have a history of Herpes or cold sores, a course of anti-viral medication before and after treatment is required. Please call our office for a prescription.

Day of Your Treatment

  • Please come to the office without make-up, creams, gels, or lotions on treatment areas.
  • We will have you wash your face when you arrive at the practice.
  • A topical anesthetic will be applied to your skin, and you will numb for 45-60 minutes
  • Once the treatment is complete, we will apply a topical moisturizer.

What to Expect

  • The treated area will be swollen, red, and feel very warm.
  • While the micro-injuries are healing your skin will have a rough texture but will smooth and soften as it heals

After Your Treatment

  • 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.
  • 24 HOURS AFTER treatment, do not drink alcoholic beverages.
  • 12-48 HOURS AFTER Continue using a gentle cleanser to wash your face. You may use a light moisturizer, hyaluronic acid serums, sunscreen, and mineral-based makeup.
  • 48-72 HOURS AFTER You may start using your regular skin care regimen. Using a retinol product is strongly recommended as it will optimize your results.
  • 10 DAYS AFTER treatment, avoid direct sun exposure. NO TANNING BEDS.
  • Use sunscreen with UVA/UVB protection with SPF 30 or higher.

Contact our Office

  • 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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