After microneedling, you can apply sunscreen to protect the area from burns. You can also ask your doctor for an antibiotic cream if you are concerned about infection. It is important to know what to put on your skin after microneedling well before the procedure takes place. This way, you can prepare by purchasing the recommended items.
Protecting Yourself When Microneedling
Microneedling is a noninvasive procedure that quickly pricks your skin with many tiny, sterilized needles. This may sound intimidating, but it leaves no scars: only younger, healthier-looking skin. You may find microneedling helpful if you are dissatisfied with the effects that the following have had on your skin:
- Wrinkles or loose skin
- Stretch marks
Microneedling may be performed with or without PRP (platelet-rich plasma), a type of therapy that encourages the production of collagen, which is what helps your skin heal and look young, according to the Cleveland Clinic. PRP uses platelets from your own blood to rejuvenate your appearance.
Though microneedling is very safe for most people, you will want a doctor to examine you before undergoing the treatment to make sure you do not have any contraindicatory conditions such as:
- Skin infections
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It is very important to protect your skin after undergoing a microneedling session. You can do this by:
- Realizing that the results are not instantaneous. Do not be alarmed if your skin looks red or inflamed after treatment. This is your body’s normal reaction to being pricked with needles, and it will subside.
- Applying sunscreen after treatment. Sunburn can have a damaging, aging effect on your skin, and it is especially dangerous if it occurs on a newly treated area.
- Applying antibiotic cream if your doctor recommends you do so. Microneedling, though safe, does still involve pricking your skin and creating small injuries, so you will want to do what you can to avoid infection.
- Keeping the treated area clean by washing it gently with soap and water on a regular basis. Dirt can increase the risk of infection.
- Asking your doctor if they have any other advice on how to care for your skin after microneedling.
If you have any concerns about a specific product or suspect that something you have put on your skin is having a negative effect, contact your doctor immediately. They can identify what the problem is and advise you how to proceed.
Treatments to Try After Microneedling
Microneedling is a great way to feel better and younger, but it is not the only way. After microneedling, or if your doctor says microneedling is not right for you, you can consider additional treatment options, such as:
- Lifestyle changes: The right foods and exercise routines can go a long way to making you feel and look younger.
- Dysport® injections: This treatment uses the botulinum toxin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles in the face, neck, and other areas. It can also treat certain medical conditions, like chronic migraines.
- IV infusion therapy: Vitamins and minerals are put directly into your bloodstream. This can provide relief from any number of medical conditions, from asthma and depression to Crohn’s disease and fibromyalgia.
- Hormone replacement therapy (HRT): HRT can restore your body’s testosterone and estrogen levels, so they are closer to what they were when you were younger. This can slow hair loss, help you lose weight, and increase energy levels.
Your doctor can talk to you about the pros and cons of whichever treatments you are interested in.
Your Doctor Will Keep You Safe
It is always a good idea to let a medical professional do the microneedling for you. Doing it at home—with a microroller, for instance—can increase the risk of negative side effects and decrease the positive results you see from treatment.
Your doctor will work to protect you before, during, and after treatment. They do this by:
- Conducting a thorough examination, to include looking at your medical records and asking you about prior treatments and preexisting conditions
- Making sure you understand the benefits and limitations of the proposed treatment
- Only allowing you to go forward with the treatment if it is safe and appropriate for your health condition and goals
- Performing the treatment in a sterile environment with sterilized equipment
- Monitoring how you feel during treatment and following up with you afterward
- Working with you to adjust and stop treatment if you are not seeing the desired results or if troublesome symptoms develop
Be honest with your doctor during all of your interactions, including what you have put on your skin after microneedling. This is the only way to ensure your safety.
We Offer Microneedling and Other Services
If you have any questions about what is and is not safe to put on your skin after microneedling, do not hesitate to ask us. The team at Anti-Aging & Regenerative Associates is here to help you look and feel your best, whether you choose microneedling, acupuncture, Dysport® injections, or another of our many services. Call for an appointment today.