Medical needling, what to look for and what to expect!

Hello Skin and Shitters, it feels like such a long time since my last post and when I was thinking about what to write about, I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t already written a post on medical needling/micro needling/collagen induction therapy (honestly why does one treatment need so many names?)

There has been backlash against certain medical needling devices in the last few months as many devices were scrutinised for not being sanitary, due to the blood caused by the treatment being sucked back into the device!

This latest blog post is about what to expect with a medical needling treatment and what you should be looking out for should you wish to have the treatment.

What is medical skin needling?

It uses needles to create a controlled wound to the skin to stimulate collagen and cause skin rejuvenation.

What is it used to treat?


With medical needling you can effectively improve the appearance of:

  • Fine lines & wrinkles
  • Acne scars
  • Open pores
  • Body scars
  • Stretch marks
  • General skin texture

How many treatments are needed?

A course of 3 treatments performed monthly is usually what’s required to see a 70%-80% improvement.

What is involved?
Numbing up cream is required before the treatment to ensure as much comfort as possible. The most up to date practice within clinics now is to use of a mechanical needling ‘pen’. This consist of multiple needles attached to a pen like device powered by an electric supply.

The needles vibrate up and down very quickly, much like a tattoo gun, the main benefit to this being that you can control the depth in each area.

Needling rollers such as Dermaroller used to be the norm, but have now been made obsolete by the electric pens, due to the rollers having more epidermal tearing (resulting in more downtime) and only being 1 depth so less adaptive to different areas.


Typical skin reaction?

This depends on the depth of the treatment, the more severe the condition, the deeper the treatment needs to be. Typical reactions however are bleeding during the treatment and a tight, hot feeling in the skin. Redness can then last for up to 5 days and can also result in some mild peeling. Your practitioner should be able to advise you on this!

What to look for?

As with pretty much everything in this mad Aesthetic industry, there is good equipment and very dodgy equipment! Unfortunately, sites like eBay have made it possible for anyone to buy a cheap medical needling device online and start performing it with no experience or knowledge of the skin!

Clinics offering medical needling, by law, need to pay to be registered with their local council which involves an in clinic assessment to check hygiene, the safety of equipment and practitioner qualifications, if they meet all of these standards they will be given a certificate like the one below for my clinic – Bare Faced Aesthetics.


You are completely within your legal right to ask to see this document and if a practitioner is not willing to show you it…run for the door as chances are the device is not up to scratch and could result in cross contamination of blood between patients!

My recommendations?

I personally use the Innopen at my clinic as I like the stamping motion to reduce the epidermal damage, however devices such as Rejuvapen and e-dermastamp are also of a very high quality.

Want to see the treatment in action? Click here to head over to my clinic website to watch me doing a treatment in mine & Madi’s lovely mum!

As always, any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Thanks for reading



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