Do’s and Don’ts After Microneedling

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons Serving Denver & Lone Tree, Colorado

Posted: November 14, 2019

Woman applying SPF after microneedlingProcell™ MicroChanneling Procell™ MicroChanneling is a breakthrough microneedling treatment that can significantly improve the health and appearance of your skin. It works by creating microscopic columns of injury that trigger internal rejuvenation. To heal quickly and achieve a smooth, glowing complexion, you’ll need to follow some post-treatment instructions.

Below, you’ll find a few do’s and don’ts to guide your short recovery and help maximize your results. When you visit our practice, a trained member of our aesthetics team will give you additional recommendations.

Wearing Makeup

Since microneedling causes temporary skin redness, most patients are interested in wearing makeup after their treatment. However, it’s important to avoid applying anything, apart from the provided solution or mask, for at least 90 minutes. After 90 minutes, many patients choose to stay makeup-free to give their skin more time to breathe.

If you want to wear makeup so you can return to work without looking red, mineral powder is an ideal choice. Make sure to use a clean brush when you apply it to avoid introducing bacteria to your skin.

Washing Your Face

As far as washing your face after microneedling goes, you should only use lukewarm water for the first 48 hours. On days two and three, it’s safe to cleanse with a gentle, non-exfoliating face wash.

Make sure to apply the product using light, circular hand motions, and don’t use a facial cleansing brush. Around day four, you should be able to resume your regular skin care routine.

Applying Skin Care Products

We will provide you with a week’s worth of serum to use after your Procell™ MicroChanneling treatment. This high-quality product is designed to pair well with the skin service and enhance your results. We have full-size products available for purchase as well!

When using the serums, gels, and creams you have at home, avoid products that contain active ingredients such as retinol. These products will likely irritate your skin during this time of increased sensitivity.

Applying moisturizer is particularly crucial after microneedling, especially from day two to four, when the skin tends to experience trans-epidermal moisture loss. Due to the micro-injury caused by the treatment, water can temporarily pass more easily from the dermis through the epidermis and evaporate. Keep your recommended moisturizer on hand and apply it as frequently as necessary to avoid feeling dry.

Avoiding Sun Exposure

Too much sun exposure is never good for the skin. It can cause damage and contribute to concerns such as visible aging and pigmentation issues.

Since you’ve just invested in Procell™ MicroChanneling to improve your complexion, it’s particularly important to avoid harmful UV rays. You should limit your time in the sun and a wear broad-spectrum SPF, as microneedling temporarily increases skin sensitivity. After the healing phase is complete, continue to wear sunscreen daily to protect your healthy new skin cells.

Exercising and Sweating

If you’re loyal to an intense fitness routine, you’ll need to take a day or two off. We advise patients to avoid sweaty exercise right after microneedling, as it can contribute to irritation and swelling while potentially exposing the skin to bacteria.

Get Personalized Answers to Your Microneedling Recovery Questions

For more information about microneedling aftercare, schedule a complimentary cosmetic consultation at 303-706-1100. Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery Aesthetics welcomes men and women from Lone Tree, Denver, and the surrounding areas of Colorado.