Healing time varies from person to person. With proper topical anesthetics and numbing, swelling will be very minimal, and typically there is no bleeding involved with my procedures. I provide each of my clients with A & D ointment for the after-care and written instructions. The treated area will begin to soften/lighten up within 3-30 days, and it is recommended to have your touch-up appointment at any time 6 to 12 months following the original procedure.