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What to Expect Following Microneedling

Updated: Dec 1, 2021

The skin's recovery from collagen induction therapy, also known as microneedling, typically follows a three day pattern. Microneedling is generally well tolerated by most skin types. Minor side effects like dryness, redness, erythema (similar to a sunburn), and/or slight swelling may present after treatment. Additionally, the treated skin will feel dry and tight. Moderate skin flaking is normal in the first few days.

Day 1: Erythema and redness (comparable to a sunburn) and some minor swelling. Minor pinpoint bleeding at the treatment site is not uncommon in the hours after a microneedling treatment. This often depends on the depth settings for the needle cartridges used in the treatment.

Day 2: Any erythema and swelling present will begin to subside.

Day 3: Erythema and swelling subsides fully and the skin takes on a healthy pinkish color.

Microneedling side effects may last for up to three days, depending on the depth of the penetration of the needles. By the third day following a microneedling procedure, any swelling or redness will begin to subside and the skin will take on a healthy pinkish color. In general, the treated areas recover rapidly from microneedling.


Refine USA offers several complete microneedling aftercare product lines, including Ontogeny C and AQ Skin Solutions. We also produce a proprietary line to complement Rejuvapen NXT treatments called RP Complex. Contact us to learn more about our premier line of facial rejuvenation products.

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