How to Prepare for Your Microneedling Appointment

How to Prepare for your microneedling appointment

Are you considering a radiofrequency microneedling treatment? If so, you may be wondering how to prepare for your appointment. This blog post will walk you through the process! First, we will determine if RF microneedling is right for you. Then, we’ll discuss what to expect during your treatment. Finally, we’ll give you some tips on how to prepare for your appointment, and what to do after your appointment. By following these guidelines, you can ensure that your experience is as smooth and stress-free as possible!

Are you a candidate for RF microneedling?

The best way to determine if RF microneedling is right for you is to schedule a consultation with a qualified medical professional. During your consultation, they will ask about your medical history and current skincare routine. They will also perform a physical examination of your skin to assess its condition and decide which treatment would be most effective.

With that being said, you may be an ideal candidate for RF microneedling if you are looking to correct skin concerns such as:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Acne scars
  • Pigmentation issues
  • Large Pores
  • Stretch marks

To be an ideal candidate for RF microneedling, your skin must also be free of infections or breakouts. This means that microneedling cannot be performed on skin with:

  • Active skin infections (cold sores, fever blisters)
  • Active acne
  • Psoriasis, eczema, or contact dermatitis
  • Hives/allergic reactions

What to Expect During Your Treatment

During your treatment, a specialist will use a device to create tiny wounds in your skin. These wounds will then be treated with radiofrequency energy. This energy will help to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, which can improve the appearance of your skin. The amount of time that your treatment will take depends on the size of the treatment area. Most treatments last between 30-60 minutes.

After your treatment is complete, you may experience some redness and swelling. These symptoms should dissipate within a few days. You may also notice a slight improvement in the appearance of your skin immediately after your treatment. However, the full results will not be visible until several weeks after your treatment.

How to Prepare for Your RF Microneedling Treatment

Now that you know what to expect during your RF microneedling appointment, it’s time to learn how to prepare for it. In order to reduce skin irritation and maximize the efficacy of your treatment, there are a few things you should avoid doing before your appointment. Preparing your skin properly enhances the efficacy of your microneedling treatment while reducing the potential for problems. Simply put, getting ready for a microneedling therapy appointment is straightforward: prevent excess skin irritation by keeping your skin calm. This can be done by:

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  • Avoiding the sun: If you can, avoid the sun for at least 24 hours before your treatment. This is due to the fact that prolonged sun exposure might irritate the skin during therapy. If you must go out in the sun before your microneedling treatment, then be sure to apply a sunscreen with a high SPF level to protect your skin from damage.
  • Avoid certain skincare products: Any retinoid or acid-based products (salicylic acid, glycolic acid, azelaic acid, etc.) should be avoided. These can cause severe skin irritation and/or dryness when used before a microneedling treatment. In most cases, it is recommended to avoid these products for 2 weeks prior to your treatment.
  • Stop taking certain medications: if you are taking blood thinners, it is important to stop them 1-3 days before your appointment to minimize bleeding and bruising. You should also avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications because these can block the inflammatory response necessary for collagen production.

The day of your appointment, you will need to arrive with freshly cleansed skin. This means that you should avoid using any skincare products, including makeup and sunscreen, before your treatment. Anything you do wear will be removed prior to your treatment.

If you have any questions about how to prepare for your RF microneedling appointment, be sure to speak to a qualified medical professional. They can help to ensure that you get the most out of your treatment.

Post Treatment Care Tips

After your RF microneedling treatment, be sure to follow these tips to ensure the best results:

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  • Avoid sun exposure: As mentioned before, you should avoid the sun. After microneedling, it is recommended to avoid direct sun exposure for at least a week after your treatment. This will help to minimize skin irritation.
  • Do not pick or scratch treated areas: Picking and scratching can cause further skin irritation and might delay the healing process.
  • Avoid Harsh chemicals: After your treatment, you should also avoid using any harsh chemicals on your skin (such as those found in acne treatments) for at least two weeks. This gives the punctures time to heal.
  • Avoid swimming and sweating:  Swimming and sweating might cause bacteria to enter the pores, which could lead to infection. Wait at least 24 hours before engaging in these activities again.

Follow these tips, and you can expect to see improved results in the weeks after your treatment. For more information about RF microneedling treatments, be sure to speak with a qualified medical professional.

In Conclusion

Microneedling is a great way to rejuvenate your skin and give it the appearance of more youthful elasticity. To help you get started on this path, we’ve provided some helpful guidelines for prepping before treatment as well as post-treatment care tips that will be beneficial in achieving your desired results from microneedling treatments. Be sure to contact us if you have any questions about microneedling or how it can benefit your skin!

Lee A. Kleiman

Dr. Lee A. Kleiman is a double board certified ENT & plastic surgeon at Anne Arundel ENT in Annapolis, Maryland known for his superior clinical outcomes in all Surgical and Non-Surgical ENT, specializing in Sinus Care, Voice and Swallowing, Rhinoplasty and Revision Rhinoplasty, and Facelifts and Non-surgical Aesthetic. He also continues to attend conferences internationally and nationally to keep abreast of the latest treatments and technology. 

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