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Microchanneling Pre- and Post-Procedure Instructions

Microchanneling Pre- and Post-Procedure Instructions

Microchanneling is an excellent skin-rejuvenating treatment that reduces fine lines and wrinkles, acne, scars, and stretch marks. Once healed, you’ll have smoother, more youthful-looking skin.

Although similar to the more well-known microneedling, we feel microchanneling is superior because the stamping device provides more control to reduce the skin tears that rolling devices cause. Although these tears are small, you don’t want unnecessary damage.

While this treatment is safe for most people with different skin types and tones, it’s not suitable for everybody. People who have a history of keloid scarring, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, blood clotting problems, and autoimmune disorders should discuss alternative treatments. Other conditions that should prevent or delay microchanneling include bacterial, viral, or fungal infections, pregnancy, uncontrolled diabetes, active acne, and open lesions.

Microchanneling is also not a suitable treatment for moles, warts, or actinic (solar) keratosis.

For those who can have this treatment, following all pre- and post-procedure instructions is crucial to receive maximum benefits and heal safely without unwanted side effects.

Pre-Treatment Instructions for Microchanneling

  • Arrive to your appointment with clean skin; do not apply creams, lotions, or cosmetics.
  • If you are prone to cold sores in the treatment area, please begin taking an antiviral 2 days prior to your treatment.
  • Avoid unprotected sun exposure for 2 weeks before your appointment.
  • Please disclose all topical and oral medications to us prior to treatment. Some medications, such as Accutane (Isotretinoin), must be discontinued 6 months before treatment. Blood-thinning drugs and supplements, such as aspirin, warfarin, and fish oil, should be discontinued for 2 days before treatment.
  • Stop using Retin-A and other retinoid-type products and salicylic and glycolic products in the treatment area 3 days before treatment.
  • If the treatment area is covered by dense hair, please closely shave the area before your appointment.
  • If you prefer to use a topical anesthetic, please apply 15-30 minutes before your treatment. You may apply the anesthetic at our office if you make appointment arrangements beforehand.

Post-Procedure Instructions for Microchanneling

  • Avoid direct sun exposure on the day of your treatment, and use at least SPF 30 on the treatment area the next day and throughout the healing process.
  • Be careful around pet dander and other potential irritants to avoid allergic reactions for the first 24 hours.
  • Avoid sweating, saunas, swimming pools, lakes, or ocean water for 24 hours after treatment.
  • Cleanse the treated area with a gentle, pH-balanced cleanser, but wait at least 48 hours before using exfoliating scrubs or brushes.
  • Apply a soothing cream or serum to the treated area until no irritation persists. If you are unsure what products to use, please ask your technician for recommendations.
  • Avoid applying makeup the day of your treatment, but you may use makeup the next day as necessary.
  • You may also resume your anti-aging products within 24-48 hours or when your skin is not irritated or inflamed.

What to Expect After Microchanneling Treatment

Immediately after your microchanneling treatment, your skin will likely look pink or red. You may also experience a slightly uncomfortable burning sensation similar to a mild sunburn. Some people also report skin tightness and mild swelling for up to 24 hours.

As your skin begins to heal, you may notice some sloughing or peeling. Although uncommon, some people also develop mild acne or milia in the treatment area. These are entirely normal reactions that will resolve on their own. However, you must not pick or peel your skin or any bumps that may arise, as this can lead to infection or scarring.

You will also likely notice tiny red dots where the needles entered the skin. These may be visible for up to 72 hours but are easily coverable with makeup if necessary.

Finally, your skin may feel drier than usual due to minor water loss from the open micro-wounds. Applying gentle, non-irritating lotion or cream will help alleviate this common side effect.

Please call our office at (817) 581-4354 during regular business hours if you have any questions or concerns. 

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