How Should Facial Skin Be Prepped Leading Up to Microneedling?
Microneedling is one of the most popular ways to transform the health and radiance of your complexion. For the most comfortable treatment and the best possible results, there are a few important things patients should do – and some to avoid – in the days and weeks leading up to microneedling. Before your next microneedling session, review the helpful information below from the knowledgeable team at Lake Buena Vista Aesthetics in Orlando, FL to better understand how to prepare your skin for microneedling and why your pre-treatment routine matters.
What does microneedling do?
Microneedling involves rolling tiny needles over the skin’s surface to disrupt the cells and stimulate the body’s natural healing and regenerative processes, leading to healthier, clearer, more youthful-looking skin. At Lake Buena Vista Aesthetics, our skin rejuvenation experts perform radiofrequency (RF) microneedling for the added benefit of collagen and elastin production, helping patients to combat fine lines and wrinkles and achieve tighter skin as well.
What should I do before microneedling?
Just as it’s important to know how to care for your complexion after a skin treatment, it is also critical that patients understand how to prepare the skin prior to treatment. Proper skin preparation before microneedling can help to reduce discomfort, minimize side effects, speed up the healing process, and ensure the most pleasing outcome possible. If you’re planning to undergo a microneedling treatment in the near future, be sure to follow these important pre-treatment guidelines:
- Avoid sun exposure
- Do not use tanning beds
- Use gentle cleansers and moisturizers
- Do not use harsh exfoliants or retinoids
- Temporarily discontinue anti-inflammatory medications and blood thinners as directed (if safe to do so)
- Shave the day before microneedling (not the day of)
- Do not wax, pluck, or use hair removal creams in the week leading up to microneedling
- Do not undergo any other laser skin treatments for 2 – 3 weeks before microneedling
During your initial consultation for RF microneedling in Orlando, FL, our experienced team will review all pre-treatment instructions closely with you to ensure you feel confident and prepared for your appointment.
How long is recovery after microneedling?
About 1 – 3 days after microneedling, patients will develop tiny pinpoint scabs at the location of the micro-injuries. It is critical to let the skin heal on its own and to avoid picking or scratching at the scabs. After about one week, the scabs and damaged skin will flake away, but the underlying skin will still be sensitive. During this time, patients should avoid direct sun exposure and continue to use gentle products, including moisturizers and sunscreen. For most patients, the full effects of microneedling become apparent about 4 – 6 weeks after a full round of RF microneedling, which typically includes 3 – 4 treatments over the course of 3 – 4 months. With regular maintenance treatments every 6 – 12 months, patients can keep their skin looking its best for years to come.
Level up your skin care game with RF microneedling in Orlando, FL
If over-the-counter skin care products and at-home routines don’t seem to be doing the trick anymore, it may be time to explore your options for professional skin rejuvenation. To learn more about the exciting benefits of RF microneedling, call Lake Buena Vista Aesthetics to schedule your private consultation in our convenient Orlando, FL office today.