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Microneedling Facial

Written by: Alice Hart-Davis

Last Updated: 11 August 2023

What is a microneedling facial?

A microneedling facial is a facial treatment that includes a session of microneedling. Microneedling, also called ‘medical needling’, involves using either a small roller covered in tiny sharp spikes, or a pen-type device tipped with a grid of tiny sharp needles, to punch thousands of very small holes in the skin.

Perforating your hide like this might sound like a terrible idea, but there are a couple of compelling reasons for doing it. The first reason applies to microneedling facials, while the second applies to hardcore microneedling.

Here’s the first reason: making holes through the tough protective outer cells of the epidermis means that any skincare product that you slap on immediately afterwards can get direct access into the skin – so if that’s a high-tech serum with skin-repairing benefits, it will be more effective.

The second reason has to do with collagen, the protein that gives our skin its structure and firmness and that forms the scaffolding of the skin. If the needling is done with long enough needles, it can stimulate a wound-healing response in the skin which floods the skin with growth factors and prompts the skin to create collagen, thus renewing and firming the skin. Scroll down for all the FAQs about microneedling facials.


£ 150 - 250


30 - 60 minutes


4 - 6 weeks




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What do microneedling facials do?

Microneedling facials include a light microneedling treatment to help your skin absorb skincare products, such as a rejuvenating serum.

Microneedling facials typically also include other components of a salon facial, such as light therapy (to calm the skin down after the needling) or microdermabrasion.

Do microneedling facials work?

Yes. Microneedling is an effective treatment. Light microneedling can enhance the effect of a facial.

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What is it like to have a microneedling facial?

This depends on which microneedling facial you have – but here is my experience of Marie Reynolds’ Masterlift facial as an example.

After a quick cleanse, Marie covers my face with a special rejuvenating serum and gets out the Dermapen. I’m apprehensive about the needling, but Marie points out that she is only using 0.5mm needles, so it will barely hurt – and she’s right. She moves the device smoothly and swiftly round my face, and most of the time, I hardly feel it, even when she works over my lips (when I do feel it, it’s mildly uncomfortable, rather than painful).

Next, Marie puts on a soft biocellulose mask full of hydrating serum, then tops this with the shield-shaped light mask. What does this feel like? Lovely, as alternating doses of red (healing), blue (antibacterial), and purple (skin-energy-boosting) light work their magic.

My skin is a little pink afterwards from all the needles, but my face looks instantly improved – before and after snaps that Marie took show how the needling and special serums that she used have plumped out fine lines around my crow’s feet wrinkles and lips. Marie told me not to use makeup until the following day, as all those tiny pinprick holes take a few hours to heal up, and you don’t want to smush makeup into them during that time.

By the next day, my skin was glowing with health and felt a bit tighter, too – a lovely result.


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Do microneedling facials hurt?

No – at least, usually not.

When microneedling is included as part of a facial, it will be done with short needles – say, 0.5mm long – that really don’t hurt as they don’t sink far enough into the skin to hit the nerves or to cause bleeding. For such microneedling, you don’t need anaesthetic cream beforehand.

By contrast, microneedling intended to stimulate the production of collagen requires longer needles (up to 3mm long). Needles this long will cause pinpoint bleeding, and you will need anaesthetic cream beforehand. Microneedling facials don’t use this depth of needling.

How much do microneedling facials cost?

The cost of microneedling facials varies widely depending on what the facial includes and who is performing it. Here are two examples:

  • The Crystal Clear COMCIT Elite facial (sometimes called the ‘popcorn facial’ because it plumps your skin) costs £90 upward.
  • The Masterlift facial by Marie Reynolds costs £222 upward.

How long do microneedling facials take?

How long a microneedling facial takes depends on what exactly the facial involves, but between 30 and 60 minutes is typical.

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FAQ ABOUT Microneedling Facial

Are microneedling facials better than other facials?

There’s no direct answer to this question, because it depends on which microneedling facial you’re asking about and which other facials you’re comparing it to.

But here’s an indirect answer: a microneedling facial can be a great way to ensure that your skin can absorb skincare products and to give your skin a boost.

Where can I get a microneedling facial?

You can use the Find a Practitioner tool on this website to find a practitioner who gives microneedling facials.

How long do microneedling facials last?

The effects of a microneedling facial normally last around four to six weeks. The better care you take of your skin, the longer you can prolong the effect.

Are there any side effects to microneedling facials?

Microneedling facials should have minimal side effects. That said, before you commit to a microneedling facial, be sure to check the depth of the microneedling involved.


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