How Soon Does Microneedling Show Its Results?


Microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic treatment involving the insertion of microneedles into your skin to trigger collagen production. This non-surgical cosmetic treatment is performed to give your skin a fresh and refined look while bringing out your youthful appearance. Microneedling is also referred to as an acupuncture facial session, or even a vampire facial as it involves insertion of needles into your skin, with an objective to slightly injure your skin – a phenomenon that ensures more collagen production.

Microneedling is best known for treating scars, stretch marks, and uneven skin texture. However, the results do not show immediately and can take upto a few weeks to come into full effect. To find out exactly how long it takes for microneedling treatment to yield results – let’s dive further into details.

How Long Does it Take for Microneedling to Work? 

The entire treatment only takes about half an hour to complete – However, the results of the treatment do not reflect this quick. The standard timeline that you can expect after your microneedling session is as follows: 

  • Immediately after treatment:
    Right after your microneedling session, you can expect your skin to seem red and swollen, accompanied by slight bleeding. The tiny wounds that microneedling leaves behind on your skin are the reason for your skin to appear flushed. Good aesthetic physicians will do their best to minimize the effects of this stage, and help you move towards the next stage of healing quickly.
  • After a week:
    It is after three to five days that your skin starts showing signs of healing, indicating that your skin condition is improving. At this stage, your skin starts to peel so you must not act on your urge of picking at the skin. Moisturizing your skin can help you in keeping your skin protected at this stage.
  • After six weeks:
    The results start showing fully after four to six weeks but it may take longer for some patients. At this stage, you must make sure that your aesthetic practitioner is available for the concerns and queries that you might have about your results.

Once your skin completely heals within four to six weeks, you can opt for follow up touch up sessions that may follow the same timeline, with minor differences. After 4 to six sessions, you can expect to have your skin fully renewed and rejuvenated. Every successive session must be held after at least four weeks to ensure optimum results. 

Aftercare Tips 

The reason why microneedling is common around the globe is because of the duration of its sessions. You do not have to wait for hours, unlike several other surgical cosmetic treatments. Only 30 minutes are enough for a microneedling session to be concluded effectively. However it does require some aftercare for optimum and safe results – while there is no downtime time, you would still need to protect your skin with sunscreen or avoid going out in the sun. When your skin is recovering from the tiny needle wounds, avoid soaking yourself in natural water bodies or swimming pools. Stay away from soaps, lotions, shampoos and anything that can cause your skin to irritate. 

Also read:
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  • About The Author

    Dr. Syra Hanif M.D.

    Board Certified Primary Care Physician

Dr. Hanif is the Director of Aesthetic Medicine. She is a board-certified physician in Aesthetic Medicine who specializes in using non-surgical alternatives in order to enhance one's appearance through Botox and fillers.

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