Our skin becomes thinner over time, and in-office cosmetic techniques like microneedling are an excellent way to improve the signs of aging that result from this change. These treatments—known as collagen induction—help to kickstart certain processes to increase collagen production and skin cell turnover so that the skin gradually becomes naturally plumper and fuller. Here’s a basic guide for what to do before microneedling at the Chicago area’s John Bull Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Medispa.

First, a quick look at what microneedling can treat: Collagen induction is beneficial for a variety of different cosmetic issues such as enlarged pores, fine lines, wrinkles, loose skin, mild scars from acne or burns, skin discoloration or uneven tone, and stretch marks. It can also be an ideal way to reverse visible summer skin damage such as redness, dark spots, wrinkles, and other blemishes or imperfections.

Even though it is minimally invasive, there are still steps patients can take to get optimal results:

Discontinue Certain Medications and Skin Products

You should not take acne-fighting Accutane for six months prior to microneedling. Also discontinue Retin A, along with other intense topical medications or aggressive acids for three to five days prior to this procedure. Avoid over-exfoliation. Stick to milder skin products, since harsher ones can be irritating to the skin. It would also be wise to avoid skin resurfacing procedures and hair removal treatments. Your skin needs to be in a calm state before microneedling.

Stay In Contact with Your Esthetician

If a rash or new blemish develops on your skin, sometimes the procedure should be delayed to allow for optimal results. Be sure your provider is aware of the details and can help to make the scheduling decision.

Start with a Consultation

Though microneedling might seem simple and straightforward, it’s imperative to start with a consultation. During this meeting, your skin will be examined, you will go over your medical history with your provider at our practice, and you can talk more about your goals for the procedure.

Arrive With Clean Skin

When you show up to the appointment, your skin should be clean and dry. If your skin hasn’t been cleaned, it’s more likely for an infection to occur. We will work to clean it as well, but it’s always a good idea to practice good hygiene!

Want to know more about what to do before microneedling? Our Chicago-area team at The John Bull Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Medispa is available to answer any questions during your consultation—as well as before and after. Call us at (630) 280-3913 or submit a contact form if you’re interested in discussing this skin revitalization procedure.