How Long Can Swelling Last After RF Microneedling Treatment?

By: Michael Klingerman, M.D.


If you're worried about wrinkles and looking for a way to make your skin look younger, you might be considering different treatments. RF microneedling is a popular choice for those wanting to get that youthful glow back. At NABI Medical Aesthetics in Scranton, PA, Dr. Michael Klingerman and his team specialize in this cutting-edge skin treatment using Morpheus8®. Our team knows how effective it can be in helping you look fresher and more rejuvenated. Understanding what to expect after the procedure, especially how long swelling might last, is a big part of preparing for it.

What causes swelling after RF microneedling?

Swelling is a natural response to the tiny injuries the RF (Radio Frequency) microneedling process creates. It's your body's way of healing and regenerating new skin cells. This swelling is typically mild and part of the normal healing process. Here are a few key reasons behind the swelling:

  • Inflammatory response: The body initiates an inflammatory response to heal the micro-wounds.
  • Stimulation of collagen: The RF energy boosts collagen production, causing temporary swelling.
  • Healing process: Swelling indicates that the healing process is underway, leading to improved skin texture and firmness.

Understanding this can reassure you that the swelling is a sign of the body's natural healing process at work.

How long does the swelling from RF microneedling last?

The duration of swelling after RF microneedling can vary from person to person, depending on various factors such as skin sensitivity, the extent of the treatment, and individual healing rates. However, here's a general timeline you can expect:

  • First 24 – 48 hours: Swelling is most noticeable and may be accompanied by redness.
  • 3 – 5 days: Swelling starts to subside significantly.
  • One week: Most of the noticeable swelling should have dissipated.

Following post-treatment care instructions is essential to minimize swelling and support the healing process.

What can I do to minimize swelling after RF microneedling treatment?

Minimizing swelling and ensuring a smooth RF microneedling recovery is a priority for patients. Here are a few tips to help reduce swelling and enhance your recovery:

  • Apply cold compresses: Gently applying cold compresses can help reduce swelling.
  • Elevate your head when sleeping: This helps reduce fluid accumulation.
  • Stay hydrated: Drinking plenty of water helps flush out toxins and reduces swelling.

Following these tips can significantly impact the comfort and speed of your recovery. By understanding what to expect and how to care for your skin post-treatment, you can enjoy the transformative benefits of this procedure with minimal discomfort.

Rejuvenate your skin with Morpheus8

If you're considering RF microneedling treatment, Dr. Michael Klingerman and the team at NABI Medical Aesthetics in Scranton, PA, are here to guide you through the process. With a commitment to providing personalized care and achieving natural-looking results, we invite you to discover the benefits of RF microneedling for yourself. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and take the first step towards radiant, youthful skin.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.