How Long Does Microneedling Last? 3 Ways To Make Your Results Last Longer

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One of the main benefits of Genius® RF microneedling is its ability to rejuvenate the skin over an extended period of time. Just how long does RF microneedling last, and how can you make your results last longer? We cover all this and more below.

How Long Do Microneedling Results Last?

New microneedling patients typically undergo a series of treatments spaced about a month apart. Once you’ve reached your initial results (usually within a few months), you can enjoy the benefits for a year or longer before needing a maintenance session.

This timeline may vary with your specific skin concerns, depth of treatment, and how well you care for your skin after treatment. Here is typically what you can expect from your RF microneedling results.  

Short-Term Results

During the first few weeks following treatment, your skin is healing and regenerating. Improvements in your skin’s texture, tone, and firmness are noticeable but not yet at their peak.

Medium-Term Results

Treatment-induced collagen stimulation and remodeling start becoming more apparent. Your skin will be significantly smoother, more radiant, and more elastic. These results will continue to develop over the next few months and can last 6 months up to a year.

Long-Term Results

With proper maintenance and occasional touch-up treatments, you can prolong the benefits of microneedling for even longer periods. Continued collagen production and skin remodeling help sustain skin quality improvements, leading to long-lasting results that may persist for 1 to 2 years or more.

You can learn more about what to expect before and after your treatment by reading our related blog post.

How To Extend Your Microneedling Results

How you look after your skin matters too. Here are 3 ways to ensure you can enjoy your results for as long as possible.

1. Up Your Skincare Game

As part of your post-treatment care routine, we recommend paying extra attention to nourishing and looking after your skin. Here are a few tips to help:

  • Gentle Cleansing: Your skin will be sensitive after treatment. Use a mild, non-abrasive cleanser to avoid irritation.
  • Sun Protection: Limit your sun exposure for at least 2 weeks after microneedling, and be sure to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily.
  • Avoid Harsh Ingredients: Steer clear of skincare products with fragrances or harsh chemicals that could sensitize your skin.
  • Replenish Moisture: Keep your skin hydrated to support the healing process.

The best products to use after microneedling include:

  • Antioxidant serums to protect your skin from environmental damage and promote healing
  • Soothing balms that calm inflammation
  • Medical-grade skincare products that give your skin the ongoing support and nourishment it needs

2. Introduce Exfoliation

You may already know the benefits of encouraging cell turnover and reviving your complexion with exfoliation. After microneedling, this skincare step sloughs off the dead and damaged skin cells, revealing fresher and healthier skin underneath. It can also improve the efficacy of skincare products by allowing them to penetrate more deeply into the skin.

Regular exfoliation maximizes the short-term results of microneedling, but it has important long-term skin health benefits as well. If all of this sounds great, you may be asking, “When can I exfoliate after microneedling?” The answer depends on individual healing, but most patients need to wait at least a week before introducing gentle exfoliants into their skincare routine.

Here’s what you should know about exfoliating after microneedling:

  • Choose Products Wisely: Opt for products with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) to remove dead skin cells while keeping irritation to a minimum.
  • Limit the Frequency: Exfoliate once a week to start. If your skin tolerates the treatment, you can increase the frequency to twice a week.

3. Get Hydrated

Hydration is crucial to supporting your microneedling results. Here’s how:

  • Optimal Healing: After microneedling, your skin undergoes a healing process when collagen production is stimulated and new skin cells are generated. Proper hydration ensures the skin has the moisture it needs to repair itself effectively.
  • Plumping and Firming: Well-hydrated skin appears plumper, firmer, and more youthful. Hydration restores moisture to the skin’s deeper layers, giving it a smoother and more supple appearance. This plumping effect can minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging, enhancing the overall results of microneedling treatments.
  • Enhanced Product Absorption: Hydrated skin absorbs skincare products better, allowing them to penetrate more deeply into the skin. This means that hydrating serums, moisturizers, and other topical treatments can deliver their active ingredients more effectively, maximizing their benefits and supporting skin healing and rejuvenation.
  • Prevention of Dryness and Irritation: Microneedling treatments can sometimes leave the skin feeling dry, tight, or sensitive, especially in the days following the procedure. Hydration helps alleviate these symptoms by providing immediate relief and soothing the skin.

Get Started With RF Microneedling

If you would like to learn more about Genius RF microneedling and its versatile, long-lasting benefits, please request a consultation or call Wright Plastic Surgery at (501) 575-0088 to get started.

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