Microchanneling Pre + Post
We are so excited to see you for your Microchanneling treatment! Prior to your appointment, please carefully review the information below. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us by phone at 480.584.8470 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Plan to go directly home and minimize any errands following the treatment as you will need to avoid sun exposure (and you will not be able to apply sunscreen/makeup the day of the treatment).
- Avoid unprotected sun exposure or sunburn for at least 24 hours prior to your treatment. A microchanneling treatment will not be administered on sunburned skin.
- No waxing, bleaching creams, or electrolysis to the area being treated for 5-7 days prior.
- If you’re prone to cold sores, take an antiviral agent for 2 days prior to and the day of the treatment.
- Avoid blood-thinning agents* (Aspirin, Fish Oils, Vitamin E, Blood Thinning Medications, etc.) for one week prior because bruising is a common side effect.
*Important Note: Always consult your doctor prior to starting or stopping any supplements or medications.
- Do not consume alcoholic beverages at least 24 hours prior to treatment (alcohol may thin the blood and increase the risk of bruising).
- Discontinue use of Retinol 2 days prior to treatment.
- If you are planning to receive Botox or Filler, make sure that you give yourself at least 2 weeks post-injections before receiving your microchanneling procedure.
While microchanneling treatments are safe and effective for most women and men, there are some people who will not be good candidates for these types of treatments. Here is a general contraindication list that should be considered by anyone who is thinking of undergoing microchanneling:
- Pregnancy – if you are pregnant or nursing you are advised to not receive any microchanneling treatments. To date, there have been no studies conducted to see what effects these treatments may have on the unborn child, but as a general rule, pregnant women should stay away from any type of cosmetic/elective procedures.
- Diabetes – unstable diabetes patients should not be treated due to problems with healing.
- Accutane or any related acne medication – Accutane or any related drug should be discontinued for a minimum of 6 months prior to undergoing microchanneling.
- Active Herpes Simplex in the treatment area – treatment is possible once the outbreak is healed, however, it may be advisable to take prescription-strength antiviral medication to keep this condition in remission during the treatment series.
- Any active inflammatory skin condition – e.g. eczema, psoriasis, infection, acne, or any type of dermatitis at the treatment site (because it may aggravate the condition).
What to Expect After Your Treatment
- Right after microchanneling, you can expect your skin to look pink or red. The degree of redness can vary based on a person’s natural response to treatment.
- You can expect mild swelling and a tight, warm sensation similar to a mild sunburn that may last 4-24 hours.
- Mild skin sloughing or flaking may occur for a few days after treatment.
- Mild acne and milia can occur in rare cases. Don’t pick and they’ll go away in a few days.
- Trans-Epidermal Water Loss (dehydration) is a common temporary side effect and could leave you feeling dry throughout the first week.
- Pinpoint marks may be visible on the skin, these generally look like tiny flecks of redness and may last anywhere from 4-72 hours.
- For the first 90 minutes, don’t touch the face and avoid sun exposure.
- Do not apply any skincare products or makeup to the skin after the treatment until you perform your PM skincare routine before bed (see below for recommended instructions).
- Avoid exposure to pet dander and other irritants as best you can. You may experience a mild allergic reaction to pets and other things you typically do not react to within the first 24 hours.
- To help keep the skin hydrated, you can mist the Calm Down Toner on the skin throughout the day and be sure to drink plenty of water.
- Avoid sweating for the first 24 hours (No gym, sauna, swimming, spicy food, exercise, etc.)
- Avoid direct sunlight for at least 7 days. Ensure you have proper sun protection whenever you are out in the sun.
- Avoid makeup for at least 12 hours after the procedure. Sanitize makeup brushes before using them.
- Return for a follow-up treatment in about a month or as recommended.