How to Prepare for Microneedling

Updated: Mar 19, 2019

Micro-needling is a safe natural, holistic alternative for resurfacing the skin using microneedles without an aggressive machine, which is safe for all skin types. When combined with a high quality skincare regimen, this treatment provides optimal results to improve wrinkles, large pores, scars, stretch marks, sun damage, and overall skin appearance by stimulating new collagen and elastin formation in the skin.


PRE-TREATMENT INSTRUCTIONS


If you have taken Accutane in the past 6 months, we will need to wait until you are at least 6 months after your last treatment.


Do not use topical agents that may increase skin sensitivity: retinoids, topical antibiotics, exfoliants, acids that may be drying or irritating to the skin 5-7 days prior. This includes alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA), beta hydroxyl acids (BHA), exfoliating masks, salicylic acids, hydroquinone, and benzoyl peroxide acne products.


Do not take any anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, Motrin, or Advil for 3 days prior to treatment. These medications will interfere with the natural inflammatory process that is critical and responsible for skin rejuvenation.


Avoid IPL/Laser procedures, unprotected sun exposure, and sunburn for 2 weeks prior


No waxing, depilatory creams, or electrolysis to area being treated 5-7 days prior


No shaving the day of the procedure to avoid skin irritation. If there is dense hair present in the treatment area, closely shave the area 24 hours before you arrive to your appointment. Moles, warts, or actinic (solar) keratosis cannot be treated.

If you are prone to cold sores, take your antiviral medication for 2 days prior to and day of treatment.


Bruising is a slight risk, so avoid blood thinning agents (aspirin, fish oil, Omega-3, Vitamin E) for 1 week prior. May resume day after treatment.


*Please see anti-bruising blog post for full description


OPTIONAL

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.


Skin care for pre-conditioning 4-6 weeks prior. Contact me for recommendations or set up a consultation. I also recommend Vitamin C and antioxidant supplementation for 2 weeks pre-and post-treatment to aid in the skin's healing process.


CONTRA-INDICATIONS

Pregnancy, actively infected or actively inflamed skin, skin irritation, cystic acne to area being treated, keloid scars, allergies to topical lidocaine, and sunburn.


DAY OF TREATMENT

Make sure your skin is clean and free of lotion, oil, makeup, powder, perfume, or sunscreen. Please inform me of any relevant changes in your medical history & current medications. Topical Lidocaine will be applied prior to treatment.

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