Skin Needling 101

Everything you need to know about skin needling
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Skin needling, micro-needling, dermal rolling, collagen induction therapy – odds are you may have heard one of the many many names of this cosmetic procedure. 

As the treatment continues to grow popular online, and more and more spas and clinics begin to offer the procedure, here is everything you need to know about the minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that can target a range of skin concerns. 

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What is skin needling? 

Skin needling is a cosmetic procedure that uses tiny, sterilized needles to prick the skin. 

Skin needling often uses a medical-grade roller or pen which is moved over the skin to create evenly-spaced punctures to the upper epidermal layer of the skin.  

Leaving behind small wounds on the skin, your body will then make more collagen and elastin to help heal your skin. 

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What does skin needling do for your skin?

As skin needling increases collagen and elastin production, the procedure will benefit a wide range of skin concerns. 

Skin needling may help with issues including:

  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Large pores
  • Scars
  • Stretch marks
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Sun damage
  • Acne 
  • Hair loss

Can skin needling damage your skin?

If you are thinking of skin needling, it’s always important to go to a reputable clinic, and although skin needling won’t damage your skin there are a number of side effects that you should be mindful of. 

Everyone’s skin is different and for some people, they may bleed or bruise during the procedure, but this is short-term. 

Over the following days, you may experience peeling or feeling tightness in the skin as you heal. 

For individuals with a history of keloids, scarring is also possible, which is why it is important to speak with a skincare professional before choosing the treatment. 

Although the risk of infection is very low, it is still important to go to a reputable practice that cleans its equipment well. 

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Is skin needling painful?

Professional skin needling may be painful for individuals as it can draw blood, but the process is quick and relatively non-invasive. 

You may experience minor redness and irritation for a few days after the procedure. 

How long do the results of skin needling last?

You probably won’t see any results from one session of skin needling – it’s a long process that will be different for people depending on their concerns.

Whilst the results of skin needling can be permanent when it comes to scars and hyperpigmentation, it will take a number of treatment sessions to see results. 

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How much does skin needling cost?

The cost of skin needling can range vastly depending on what area of the body you are treating. 

The treatment can range anywhere between 30-60 minutes and cost between $75 for smaller areas such as the hands and upwards of $200 for areas such as the back or hips. 

Can you skin needle at home?

At-home micro-needling kits are becoming easier to access, and use shorter, duller needles than what you would find in professional micro-needling devices. These are often called derma rollers. 

Whilst at-home rollers are less painful, you likely won’t see as effective long-term effects. 

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