After Treatment


For Microneedling

Cleansing your skin

  • For the first 72 hours use only luke warm water on your face with a gentle cleanser like Obagi Gentle foam wash. 
  • Pat dry skin 
  • Avoid using cleanser brushes. Use clean hands to cleanse the skin.

What to avoid 72 hours after microneedling.

  • Excessive Exercise-sweaty activities
  • Direct sunlight
  • Tanning beds
  • Makeup 

What to avoid up to a week after treatment

  • Cleansing brushes
  • Creams, serums, cleansers containing alpha hydroxy acids
  • Retinol/Retin-A/ Vitamin A
  • Glycolics
  • Salicylic Acids/ acne products
  • Exfoliants/ Scrubs
  • Vitamin C

Hydrating and protecting the skin after treatment

  • Use moisturizers with ceramides like Skin Ceutical Triple Lipid Restore to keep face hydrated
  • Use SPF 30 or up like Elta MD to protect from the sun.


  • Treated areas may be pink, tight, sunburned feeling, sometimes tender or swollen.
  • Do not wash your face for the first 6 hours after treatment
  • Wash your face gently with mild soap and apply moisturizer.
  • You may resume your daily skin routine the day after without any active or exfoliative ingredients for two weeks after treatment.
  • Avoid tanning 1-2 weeks after treatment. Use SPF 30 or higher.
  • No exercise that causes sweating, no jacuzzi, hot baths, or steam for at least 48 hours
  • No makeup for at least 6 hours after procedure
  • Maintenance treatment every 3-4 months

For Morpheus8

  • Immediately after treatment, most patients will experience erythema (redness)for 1-3 days, however for more aggressive treatments this may last longer. Slight to moderate edema (swelling) and a mild to moderate sunburn sensation are also common post-treatment and may last 1-3 days. Skin may crust and peel for 2-7 days depending on treatment settings.
  • Before discharge a topical ointment may be applied to the face, no bandages or wraps are necessary.
  • There are no restrictions on bathing except to treat the skin gently and avoid scrubbing or trauma to the treated area.
  • Avoid sun exposure to reduce the chance of hyperpigmentation.
  • The use of a zinc oxide sunblock SPF 30+ at all times after 24-48 hours.
  • Multiple treatments over a period of several months may be required to achieve the desired results.
  • Use a home care regimen as recommended by your provider to obtain desired results.

Please contact our office if you experience anything unusual such as pain, blistering, or excessive redness.


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111 Maiden Lane, 720
San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: 415-362-5555

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