Microneedling—Before and After Care

PRIOR TO TREATMENT:

  • No Retin-A products or applications for 12 hours prior to treatment.
  • No Auto-immune therapies or products for 12 hours prior to treatment.
  • No prolonged sun exposure or sun burns to the treatment area 24 hours prior to treatment.
  • Skin should be clean and make-up free.
  • If an active or extreme breakout occurs before treatment, evaluate on a case by case basis.

PATIENT HOME PREPARATION:

Preparing the skin for this procedure will ensure optimum results. Healthy skin will respond better and results will last longer. Skin cells need nutrients for best function and a Dermapen recommended anti-aging regime should include:

  • Oral Supplements (omega-3, glucosamine and multivitamins)
  • Cleansers and Toners
  • Topical Vitamin A (avoid high dose)
  • Topical Vitamin C
  • Topical Antioxidants
  • Topical copper peptides
  • Topical Growth Factors
  • Sunscreen

POST-OPERATIVE TREATMENT:

After the treatment, take precautions against sun exposure. Do not apply sunscreen for 12 hours after the Dermapen treatment due to the skin’s channels being open for a period of time and due to the toxic nature of some sunscreens on the market.

  • Do not perform any vigorous exercise for at least 12 hours after treatment.
  • Do not apply make-up for at least 12 hours after the treatment. We recommend Lira BB cream for use post procedure versus other foundations.
  • Dermapen needling may trigger a cold sore response in patients and a prophylaxis medication should be recommended to those who are prone to breakouts.
  • Wash the face thoroughly a few hours after treatment. Gently massage the face with tepid water, and remove all serum and other debris such as dried blood.
  • For the first 1-3 days the skin will be very dry and feel tight.
  • After 2-3 days patients can return to regular skin care products or as soon as it is comfortable to do so.
  • Avoid alcohol based toners 10-14 days.
  • Avoid direct sun exposure for at least 10 days if possible.

TREATMENT RECOVERY TIMELINE:

  • Day 1: Erythema and red appearance and severity will depend upon how aggressive the treatment was performed.
  • Day 2: A red hue or pink hue persists like a moderate sunburn. Swelling may be more noticeable on the second day.
  • Day 3-5: Skin can be pink or normal color. Swelling subsides.