BEFORE THE TREATMENT
1. What device does RickSkin use for microneedling?
RichSkin uses the SkinPen by Bellus Medical. The SkinPen is the first FDA-cleared microneedling device in the world, clinically proven to safely and effectively treat facial acne scars for ages 22 and up. With as few as three non-invasive and affordable treatments spaced 30 days apart, you can improve your appearance for six months after your last treatment – and step out with confidence.
2. Am I a good candidate for this treatment? / Will this treatment work for me?
Unlike some alternatives, SkinPen has been clinically proven to be effective for women and men with skin ranging from light to very dark.. SkinPen treatments, when properly spaced and overseen by a physician or nurse practitioner, can be safely used for years.
3. How many sessions will I need to see results?
Most patients receive 3-6 treatments per area spaced 4-6 weeks apart. The exact number will depend on each individual person and the area being treated. 1-2 maintenance treatments are recommended per year after.
4. How often/far apart should the treatments be?
Ideally treatments are done 4-6 weeks apart.
5. Do I need to do anything to prepare for the treatment?
Make sure your skin is clean. Do not apply any lotions, creams, perfumes, powder, or makeup before your treatment session, and avoid tanning. Remove all jewelry around the area being treated. If you have excessive hair on the treatment area, shave it beforehand. It also helps to be prepared with information about your medical history as your provider will likely ask about it.
DURING THE TREATMENT
1. How long does a treatment session last?
Each session lasts approximately 45 minutes, depending on the area being treated.
2. What does the treatment feel like?
You will feel tiny pins on your skin followed by a little zap. Your face will then feel warm, like a sunburn.
3. Will it be painful?
SkinPen microneedling treatments may be slightly uncomfortable, but not painful. You’ll feel intense heat, similar to the feeling of sunburn, and your face will look red right after the treatment. For more aggressive treatments, you may get a topical numbing cream to reduce any discomfort.
AFTER THE TREATMENT
1. How will my skin feel after my treatment?
Your skin may feel warm, like a sunburn, and can remain red for anywhere from a few hours to a few days depending on the intensity of the treatment. Be sure to follow instructions for before and after your treatment.
2. How long will the results last and are they permanent?
After your final treatment, your results will continue to improve. However, one touch- up session may be needed approximately every 6 months, depending on how your skin responds.
3. Is there any downtime/How long is recovery time?
Yes, but only for 48 hours post-treatment (or up to 5 days for more aggressive treatments), unlike lasers or other treatments where recovery or downtime lasts up to 10 days. Your skin will be red and for the first 24-48 hours, you will not be allowed to apply or rub anything on your skin, including water or sweat (so no hot yoga or any other exercise that will make you perspire). After 24 hours, you may put on makeup and resume your regular skin care routine. You should apply sunscreen (at least SPF 30), preferably one without chemicals. But avoid rigorous exercise and hot baths or massages on the treatment area for the first 2 days after your session. Make sure to keep your skin clean and protected from the sun. Avoid any sort of tanning.
4. Do I need to do anything after my treatment?
If your skin feels hot, you can use a fan to cool it down. Avoid touching or scratching the treatment area. Do not put lotion, makeup, or anything else on your skin, including water, for 24 hours. After 24 hours, you should apply sunscreen (at least SPF 30), preferably one without chemicals. Also avoid rigorous exercise and hot baths or massages on the treatment area for the first 2 days after your session. Make sure to keep your skin clean and protected from the sun. Avoid any sort of tanning. RickSkin will supply you with a post care skin regimen, simply follow the instructions on the box.
5. If I got a treatment on my face, can I put makeup up on right after?
No. You should wait until 24 hours after your treatment to apply any makeup or lotion.