Microneedling is a non-surgical skin rejuvenation procedure known for its effectiveness in treating various skin concerns. If you are considering this treatment or have recently undergone a session, you likely have questions about the recovery process. This FAQ guide from the skincare clinic at Bayview Plastic Surgery in Houston covers essential aspects of microneedling recovery and aftercare for tips to ensure optimal results.

How Will My Skin Look Immediately Following Treatment?

It is normal for skin to have an appearance and sensitivity like that of a mild sunburn. Some patients may also experience slight swelling, bruising, or pin spot bleeding. These effects typically last for 24 to 48 hours. Some people may also experience slight swelling and bruising, which should subside within a few days.

What Are the Dos and Don’ts Immediately After Microneedling?

During the first 24 hours, it is crucial to keep the skin clean and hydrated without using any active or harsh ingredients. Avoid applying makeup, participating in strenuous activities that cause sweating, and exposure to direct sunlight. Instead, use a gentle cleanser and apply a hyaluronic acid serum to keep the skin moist.

How Can I Help My Skin Heal After Microneedling?

After the initial 24 hours, you can gradually reintroduce your regular skincare products but continue to avoid retinoids, exfoliating acids, and other potentially irritating ingredients for at least a week. Focus on using products that promote healing, such as those containing peptides, growth factors, and antioxidants. Always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to protect the skin from UV damage.

Is it normal to experience acne breakouts after microneedling?

Yes, some individuals may experience acne breakouts after microneedling. This can result from the skin’s natural response to the healing process, as well as temporary changes in the skin’s oil production. It is important to distinguish between minor breakouts and more serious skin reactions and consult with your skincare professional if you are concerned.

When Will I See Post-Microneedling Results?

While the initial healing process may take up to a week, skin improvement is typically observed over several weeks as collagen production increases. Most people notice significant results after a series of treatments spaced about four to six weeks apart.

Can I Use Makeup After Microneedling?

It is advisable to wait at least 24 hours before applying makeup to avoid clogging the pores or introducing bacteria to the skin. When you do start wearing makeup again, opt for mineral-based products that are less likely to irritate the skin.

What Should I Avoid During Microneedling Recovery?

To ensure optimal healing avoid direct sunlight exposure, tanning beds, swimming pools, and any form of exfoliation for at least a week. Also, steer clear of topical acne treatments or anything containing alcohol, which can dry out and irritate the skin further.

Contact Us for More Information

Contact us to request an appointment if you are interested in learning more about non-surgical skin rejuvenation. Bayview Plastic Surgery offers a comprehensive menu of revitalizing treatments, including facials, microneedling, and chemical peels at our skincare clinic in Houston.