What is Microneedling?

A device – either a small roller covered in 3mm spikes or an automated pen-type device tipped with spiked stainless steel needles – is worked across the skin to create thousands of tiny puncture wounds. Why? Because the wound-healing response provoked as the skin races to repair itself releases growth factors that stimulate the growth of new collagen and elastin within the skin, which make it fresher and firmer than before. Skin hydration is improved, too, and pigmentation from sun damage is softened. The length of the needles on the automated devices can be adjusted from 0.5mm to 3mm.

Tweakment Details

Needles: Yes
Pain level: Medium
Cost from: £425
Recovery time: 1-3 Days

Where is microneedling used:

On the face, the neck and the decolletage

How does microneedling work:

The spikes of the needling device create small channels of damage within the skin. If these are deep enough, the wound-healing response kicks in and growth factors that stimulate the growth of new collagen and elastin within the skin, which make it fresher, smoother and firmer and better hydrated than before.

How long does microneedling take:

An hour, to work around the whole face.

Pain level:

Medium to high, depending on the length of needles your practitioner is using.


Numbing cream – I’d take it if you are offered it.


Smoother, fresher, clearer, firmer skin

Lasts for:

Several months

After treatment/down time:

2-4 days of tight, red, slightly sore skin – it feels very much like a sunburn and need very gentle treatment for four days and even more scrupulous sun protection than usual. After two weeks, skin starts to look fresher.

Things to bear in mind:

It’s not comfortable, but it is very effective. Do this well in advance of social settings.

Related Concerns:

Microneedling can help you with these concerns:

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