Does microneedling hurt?

Would you like to undergo microneedling but you’re concerned that it might be painful.  That’s understandable, since the idea of needles being used to puncture tiny holes in your skin may seem scary.  But does microneedling hurt. 

What is microneedling?

Microneedling is a minimally invasive skin treatment that uses sterile micro-fine needles to puncture the skin, in order to rejuvenate the skin cells.

What happens during microneedling?

A small microneedling device with very fine needles is moved across the skin, creating numerous microscopic channels.  These micro-channels trigger the skin’s natural healing, and stimulate the production of collagen.    

There are advanced systems like the INTRAcel PRO–RF microneedle system that combines radiofrequency energy with microneedling. The addition of RF energy to microneedling further assists with the stimulation of collagen, and strengthens the tissues, resulting in firmer, plumper skin.

What can microneedling treat?

Microneedling can be used to treat common skin concerns such as wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, scars, skin laxity, and stretch marks.  

Does microneedling hurt?

Microneedling is not usually painful, since a topical anesthesia is applied to the treatment area to minimize any discomfort.   In addition, the needles used for microneedling are small and short, and they only penetrate the skin at a superficial level, patients don’t usually experience any pain during treatment.   However, it’s important to have the procedure done by a skilled medical practitioner.

What to expect after microneedling

Patients may feel a mild redness along with a burning sensation after microneedling that typically lasts for a few days.

Are you interested in learning more about microneedling?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Bala Cynwyd, PA area, Cosmetic Facial Surgery Center is our featured practice.

You can reach them at, or by calling (610) 615-0585.

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