When Can I Start Wearing Makeup After Secret RF?

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Secret RF is an excellent anti-aging treatment for busy patients because it can be completed quickly without the downtime of surgery. This also means that many of those who opt for this procedure are concerned about quickly returning to their day-to-day routines, including wearing makeup or keeping up with their normal skincare. If you are considering Secret RF treatment, here are some things you should know about the procedure and recovery process.  

The Secret RF Procedure 

Secret RF is a type of radiofrequency microneedling. This means that the procedure involves administering radiofrequency energy to the skin along with tiny microneedles to create controlled micro-injuries and stimulate the natural healing response. During Secret RF treatment, a topical anesthetic is first applied to ensure that you stay comfortable throughout the procedure. The Secret RF handpiece is then used to administer the microneedles and radiofrequency to the treatment area. During this process, you will feel some warmth and pressure. This treatment can be completed in as little as 15 minutes per treatment session.  

Downtime After RF Microneedling  

RF microneedling does not require downtime, but you will see some temporary side effects like redness and sensitivity, so it’s best not to schedule your treatment sessions close to an event. For most patients, redness will dissipate within about 48 hours, but in less common cases it may last for up to a week. During the healing process, you will also likely notice some tightness or itchiness which usually lasts no more than two days after your treatment. Many patients find that their skin feels dry or sandpapery as they heal after Secret RF, but this side effect should also subside quickly.  

When Can I Wear Makeup After RF Microneedling? 

After your Secret RF treatment, you should avoid applying any products to your skin until the next day; this includes washing your face. However, you can carefully apply makeup about 24 hours after the treatment to cover any redness that may remain. Take care to use clean brushes and tools as your skin heals and avoid products that could potentially irritate the skin, as sensitivity or dryness are both expected after RF microneedling.  

Your Secret RF provider will give you specific skincare instructions during your treatment session. It is crucial to avoid excess sun exposure and apply adequate SPF after your RF microneedling treatment. This will help avoid hyperpigmentation and create the best possible results as your skin heals.  

When Will I See Results from RF Microneedling? 

A majority of Secret RF patients will receive multiple treatment sessions to achieve their ideal results. Many begin to see their final results after their second or third treatment, with final results being noticeable between one and six months after the treatment. Secret RF works to stimulate new collagen production, so results continue to improve over time as the skin heals and generates new cells. During a consultation, your provider will explain the results you can reasonably expect, the number of treatment sessions necessary to achieve them, and when you will likely see results.  

Schedule a Consultation  

To learn more about Secret RF, schedule a consultation. Call our New York City office at (315) 628-7063 or contact us online to set up your appointment.  

Dr. Stephanie Lam

Dr. Stephanie Lam

Dr. Stephanie Lam is a Board Certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist. She served for many years as full-time academic faculty at the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center in New York before joining the practice. She is a committed teacher, and during her academic tenure, Dr. Lam was the recipient of multiple medical school teaching awards.