We had such a great response to our post about Skin Needling (you can read this here!) that we thought it would be helpful to write about all the things you need to know after you’ve had your treatment.
For a quick recap, skin needling creates micro-wounds in the upper layers of the skin to create a wound healing response. It sounds nasty, but it’s not, we promise; the treatment is absolutely bearable! By creating a wound healing response, we alert the skin to start producing new healthy collagen and elastin and to initiate tissue correction. Skin needling also instigates loads of growth factor activity within the skin. Without using too much therapist jargon growth factors are important for regulating the skin. This is exacting what we want when we are correcting age management, acne, facial redness, rosacea, and also pigmentation. The rejuvenation effects are incredible. You can expect dewy, fresh and glowing skin to be revealed 7-10 days after treatment.
Do I Need to Prepare My Skin Before the Treatment?
Yes. It’s essential you use a professional range on your skin (We love Lira, Ultraceuticals or DMK products) for a minimum of a month prior to treatment, but don’t worry, your therapist will run through this with you when you’re making your appointment. It is also highly recommended you drink 2 litres of water daily leading up to your treatment, take an EFA supplement, wear an SPF religiously and incorporate Vitamin A into your skincare diet either in a serum or cream form. Preparation is key and ensures you will get the best outcome with your skin results.
What Will My Skin Look Like After the Treatment?
After the treatment, your skin will look red and have the appearance of sunburn or windburn. It may feel tight and dry, and flaking/peeling may occur as healing progresses. Makeup should be avoided for the 12 hours following the treatment. During the healing stage, it is important to stick to the aftercare routine prescribed. This ensures your skin is kept moist and hydrated for optimum results.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Generally, 6 treatments are required to achieve improvements in skin firmness and texture. Scarring may take 10+ treatments, but your therapist will discuss your skin’s needs with you before you begin. Treatments are spaced out at 2-8 weekly intervals. The frequency will also be recommended by your therapist.
What Is the Downtime After Treatment?
Everyone experiences different degrees of redness post-treatment. Depending on the depth of your treatment, this will last up to 24-48 hours; during this time it is important that you do not pick, squeeze or agitate the skin.
Is There Anything I Shouldn’t Do After a Treatment?
For two days avoid:
- Direct sun exposure
- Intensive cardio and exercise regimes
- Excessively hot showers, baths, spas or sauna
- Further clinical treatment, such as microdermabrasion, laser, IPL, chemical peels, muscle relaxant injections and dermal fillers)
- Spray or self tanning
- Swimming in a pool or the ocean
- Tattooing (including cosmetic)
It’s also important to avoid skincare products including any of the following active resurfacing ingredients for 7 days:
- Alpha hydroxy acids or beta hydroxy acids (AHAs and BHAs)
- Benzoyl peroxide
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
If you have any questions post-treatment please touch base with your therapist. We are here to help!