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What To Expect After Your First Micro Needling Treatment?

Posted by Ann V. On 2016 Jul 12th

What To Expect After Your First Micro Needling Treatment?

You should have realistic expectations from your first microneedling treatment. What are those expectations? This piece of blog will help you.

Are you going to get micro needling for the very first time?

If so, there are many questions popping up in your mind. Right?

Micro needling is the process of using tiny acupuncture like needles to create tiny puncture in the skin. And these punctures prompt body to active its healing mechanisms and release collagen and elastin in the skin. Benefit?

The generation of new collagen improves the skin appearance and retrieves plumpness while removing fine lines and wrinkles.

Over the past few years, the process has been in a constant rage in the USA. While micro needling treatment is recommended by many to rejuvenate the skin, there are certain skin reactions that you may expect during and after the procedure.

Here are six things that you may expect after your first micro-needling treatment. You need to understand what will happen to your skin after the treatment so that you can consult the specialist accordingly and know yourself what to do in order to produce desirable results.

  1. Inflammatory Effect: Soon after the treatment, you may see an inflammatory effect on the skin; but it is extremely short and fades significantly within hours from redness to pinkish skin color. It usually lasts for 12 to 48 hours.

Skin sensitivity may last up to a few days after your first peel. During this time, four hours after the peel, you need to gently wash and cleanse your face. Use just your hands to pat dry.

  1. Don’t take anti-inflammatory medicine: It is advisable that you should not take any anti-inflammatory medications, such as Ibuprofen, Motrin or Advil. These medicines are likely to interfere with the body’s natural inflammatory process and may cause discomfort or serious skin reactions. You may eat fresh pineapple, as it increases the healing process and helps with any skin discomfort.
  2. Skin peeling: You may witness peeling of skin within two or three days. This time you need to resist yourself from picking or scratching the treated skin. Instead, apply moisturizer to keep the skin healthy and hydrated. During this time, you need to avoid sweaty exercises. You can cool compress the treated area to alleviate discomfort after peeling. Moreover, avoid sun exposure for a minimum of three days up to ten days after the treatment.
  3. Skin dryness: After a day or two of your micro needling treatment, you can expect skin dryness and flaking due to an increased turnover of skin cells. This time you need to apply more skin moisturizer and follow the instructions given to you by your medical professional.
  4. Micro-bruising: When the derma roller is used around the eyes by your medical professional, it may cause micro bruising on the treated area. While healing, you can expect to see your skin start shedding the skin layers that would regularly shed a week later. Keeping applying the moisturizer and following the instructions given to you by your medical professional.

After all these minor skin reactions, you’ll finally see the results you were waiting for. The overall appearance of your skin will be improved and you can surely expect to have glowing skin after the recovery period.


Given that the process involves the puncturing of the skin with fine needles, microneedling may cause pain and discomfort, especially if you have a lower pain threshold.

Describing the pain, Michelle Lee pens down her microneedling experience…

“And I did recall that the bony parts of the face stung a little. I brace myself. She runs the pen over my head, dragging it slowly from my left temple to right above my brow—imagine a lot of little needles pulsing into your skin and hitting bone. Eek. This is real pain. I grit my teeth and drive a fingernail into my palm to distract myself. "Oh my god, owwwww."

Pain or slight sensation is obvious part of the treatment. Don’t worry. You can deal with it using a numbing cream. Numbing cream is a topical anesthetic which dulls the skin, or in other words, it desensitizes the skin. This way, you don’t feel anything happening to your skin. It can keep your skin numb for a couple of hours. Using numbing cream is just like any ordinary skin cream. Just wash the skin patch to be treated with soap and water. Pat it dry. Apply thick layer of a numbing cream. Cover it with a plastic wrap for 40 minutes. You will experience the numbness of the skin within 30 minutes.


Microneedling can cost you up to $300 per session. However, the rate may go up depending on the extras. Some upscale clinics charge up to $695. However, if you have tried plethora of creams that just don’t seem working, it might be worth your investment.

So this is what you should expect from your micro needling being the first time user. Make sure to choose experienced practitioner to see the maximum benefits with the process.