Is there downtime after Microneedling?

Is there downtime after Microneedling? - SkinBay

Microneedling is a safe procedure when performed correctly and the downtime is minimal, in this blog we explore the downtime and what you can expect during the healing process.

What is the Downtime After Microneedling?

The downtime after microneedling can vary depending on the depth of the treatment and individual skin sensitivity. Generally, the skin may appear red and slightly infammaed immediately after the procedure, similar to a mild sunburn. This is a normal reaction and usually subsides within a few hours to a couple of days. The downtime after microneedling is minimal, and most people can resume their regular activities immediately after the procedure.

What Can I Expect During the Healing Process?

The recovery period after microneedling varies from person to person. In general, the skin may feel tight and dry for a few days following the procedure. Proper aftercare is essential for maximizing the benefits of microneedling and ensuring a smooth recovery. By incorporating some aftercare products into your skincare routine, you can restore moisture and help promote healing. It is important to keep the skin hydrated with a good quality moisturiser and protected from the sun during this time. Avoiding direct sun exposure and using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF is crucial to prevent any potential complications.

Can I Wear Makeup During the Recovery Period?

It is generally recommended to avoid wearing makeup for the first 24 to 48 hours after microneedling to allow the skin to heal. Once the initial redness and swelling have subsided, you can gradually reintroduce makeup products. However, it is essential to choose non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic products to minimize the risk of irritation or clogged pores.

How Long Does it Take to See Results?

The results of microneedling are not immediate and may take several weeks to become noticeable. As the skin heals, collagen and elastin production increase, leading to improvements in skin texture, tone, and overall appearance. Multiple sessions may be required to achieve the desired results, and the interval between treatments will depend on individual factors but generally recommended every 4-6 weeks. 

Are There Any Side Effects?

While microneedling is generally considered safe, there are some potential side effects to be aware of. These can include temporary redness, inflammation and mild discomfort during the procedure. In rare cases, infection or scarring may occur, but these complications are extremely uncommon when the procedure is performed correctly and using sterile equipment.


In conclusion, microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that stimulates the skin's natural healing process, resulting in improved skin texture and appearance. The downtime and recovery period after microneedling is relatively short, with most people experiencing only temporary redness and swelling. Following the post-treatment instructions and taking necessary precautions during the recovery period can help ensure optimal healing and long-lasting results. If you are considering microneedling, consult with our qualified skincare professional to determine if it is the right treatment option for you.

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