I just got a micro needling procedure for my acne scars but I have to take my graduation pictures 5 days from now.

The doctor said I would be red today, Saturday, Sunday, and peel Monday. How harsh is that peel because I have to go to school on Monday. Then he said by Tuesday I should be perfectly normal. Is that accurate?

Doctor Answers 4

Microneedling Recovery

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Yes, that sounds accurate. Microneedling depending on the depth usually heals within 4-5 days. The peeling is not harsh at all, its more of the skin flaking. Hope this helps! Dr Faraz

Microneedling Recovery

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Thanks for your question!  Depending on the depth of the treatment, it can take several days for the redness and blotchiness to go away.  Usually after 3-4 days, any persistent redness can be camouflaged with makeup.  Best of luck!


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You likely will be fine for your photographs. Microneedling redness usually resolves in 2-3 days.

Good luck, 

Dr. Norcom

Derek Norcom, MD
Portland Physician

Microneedling/PRP is a Low Risk For Acne Scarring, Best Combine with Lasers, Fillers, Peels, PRP, Subcision, TCA cross

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I suggest you see an expert.  Within a few days you should be fine after just microneedling.  For acne scarring its best to combine with lasers and PRP.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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