Radio Frequency Microneedling Aftercare guide

Immediate Aftercare

  • Cool the treatment area for 10-20 min for comfort using a fan or A/C. PLEASE DO NOT USE ICE unless otherwise specified.

    Use a high-factor sunscreen (at least 30 SPF) and protect the treated area from over-exposure to sunlight for at least one month after your treatment(s), starting 72 hours post treatment. Excessive tanning of any sort (sun exposure, tanning beds, and artificial tanning lotions) is not allowed in the treated areas during the entire course of the treatment.

    Bruising, redness, and swelling may occur lasting days to weeks.

    During the first two days following treatment the treatment area should be kept clean to avoid contamination or infection; any mechanical or thermal damage (AVOID hot tubs, saunas, etc.) to the area(s) must be avoided.

    ONLY USE Post Procedure Products.

    Avoid skin irritants (examples below) 1 week post-treatment:

    Products containing tretinoin, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic/salicylic acids, astringents, etc.

    Restart Pigment Control regimen prescribed for 9–18-week treatment course, use at least 2-3 times a week following the healing of treatment area (typically 3-7 days) to minimize risk of post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation, but nightly is ideal. It should be stopped 72 hours before another session.

    The number of treatment sessions depends on the individual patient and treatment aggressiveness and may vary from 3-5 sessions. Treatments are typically repeated every 4-6 weeks.

    Prophylactic antibiotic treatment may be prescribed for 1-3 days post treatment. Patient is to contact the provider if there is any indication of infection, excessive swelling, redness, undue pain, or any other unusual or untoward symptom.

    Tiny scabs may appear after 1-3 days and stay for several days following the treatment. The scabs should not be touched or scratched even if they itch and should be allowed to flake off naturally.

    Blisters are rare, but when they do occur, may be treated with a prescribed antibiotic ointment, or burn treatment cream as per provider’s discretion.

    Prophylactic antiviral therapy should be continued for patients with history of cold sores (Herpes Simplex) when treating around the mouth.

Long-Term Aftercare


    Only lukewarm water with NO soaps

    Use HA5 OR Nectar/Alastin A-Luminate Brightening Serum 3x a day w/ 1st application after 1 hour of treatment

    Limit mask and wear new one provided

    24-72 HOURS:

    Only lukewarm water with Gentle Cleansers

    Use HA Quenching OR Nectar/ Alastin A-Luminate Brightening Serum 3x a day

    In the AM, apply sunscreen w/ ATLEAST SPF 30

    Ok to wear make-up as needed, but prefer to wait 72hrs

    Limit mask and wear a new one, if possible


    Cleanse with Gentle Cleansers

    Use HA Quenching OR Nectar/ Alastin A-Luminate Brightening Serum twice daily (or as directed)

    In the AM, apply sunscreen w/ ATLEAST SPF 30

    Ok to wear make-up as preferred

    Restart Pigment Control Cream to be applied nightly (at least 2-3x/week) and break


    • Use Alastin A-Luminate Brightening 14 days prior to the start of treatment series.
    • Elevate your head and avoid lying flat or prone (face down). Putting your head on a few pillows will help reduce bruising, swelling, and pooling of blood in the area treated.
    • Do not massage or touch the treated area(s). Avoid rubbing and massaging the treated area for at least 24 hours.
    • Take oral arnica immediately and after 24-72 hours, apply topical arnica as needed for bruising.
    • No strenuous activity. Any activity that elevates your blood pressure and heart rate can cause bruising. You should avoid running, weightlifting, Pilates, yoga, aerobics, cycling, climbing, sun, heat exposure and sex for the first 24-72hrs.
    • At least 3 days pre and post-treatment avoid: aspirin, Motrin, ginkgo biloba, alcohol, carbohydrates, caffeine, sugar, garlic, flax oil, cod liver oil, fish oil, vitamin A, vitamin E and other essential fatty acids.
    • For at least 48 hours post treatment avoid alcohol, caffeine, niacin, high sodium foods, high sugar foods, carbohydrates, spicy foods, and cigarettes.
    • No topical products. Discontinue Retin A and Pigment Control Cream for at least 2 weeks after treatment. Do not wear makeup or lipstick on the treated area for at least 24 hours. Best to wait and restart topical regimen for 72hrs post treatment.
    • Follow Alastin A-Luminate Brightening and/or use Nectar applying first application of HA or Nectar 1 hour post treatment then ATLEAST 3x a day for the first 3 days then twice daily as preferred.
    • Try to wear a new mask and limit wearing time for the first 24-72hrs as possible.