Microneedling: Benefits, Side Effects & Results

does microneedling work?

A unique skin rejuvenation therapy that harnesses the body’s miraculous ability to heal itself and thereby target a wide range of skin concerns, from fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores, rough skin texture, and pigmentary changes, to acne scarring, sounds too good to be true.

However, despite the continual development of new skin rejuvenation devices and treatments, microneedling remains one of the best ways to deliver instant and long-term skin rejuvenation with no downtime. In fact, innovations in microneedling technology and the introduction of new ways to boost its efficacy means it’s back in the spotlight.

What is microneedling?

The concept of using our body’s healing response to treat many different skin conditions has been known for centuries. The modern iteration of microneedling, in which very fine needles puncture the skin’s dermis, was developed by a US plastic surgeon in 1995 who created a small needle stamp device.

Microneedling induces the body’s natural healing process, which leads to the reorganisation of existing collagen fibres and the production of new collagen, elastin, and capillaries.

Does microneedling actually work?

Microneedling has been a popular skin rejuvenation therapy for many years and has been the focus of many clinical studies. One study that focused on the treatment of acne scarring found that almost 100% of participants reported a noticeable difference in their skin’s condition, and 80% noticed a vast improvement in the appearance of their acne scarring.

In terms of skin tightening as a result of collagen production, one recent study found a significant increase in the level of collagen type I, III, and VII, newly synthesised collagen and tropoelastin after six microneedling sessions performed at 2-week intervals.

Does microneedling work on all skin types?

Unlike therapies that utilise laser or radiofrequency energy to achieve skin rejuvenation, microneedling is considered safe for all skin types as it has a relatively low risk of causing post-inflammatory pigmentation. It’s not appropriate for patients with an active skin condition such as acne or eczema and is not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women

What are the benefits of microneedling?

Is microneedling worth it? The myriad microneedling facial benefits make it such an effective skin therapy.

Fine lines and wrinkles

Collagen and elastin are naturally occurring components in the skin that gives it structure and elasticity. As you age, collagen-producing fibroblasts become less active and production declines by approximately 1% yearly. This can be aggravated by lifestyle choices such as smoking or external factors like sun damage.

Our skin becomes thinner, drier and less elastic, and the first signs of this collagen depletion are the wrinkles that form. Microneedling is highly effective at increasing skin thickness and hydration so fine lines are smoothed.


Although it’s not suitable for treating keloid or raised scars, microneedling is a very safe and effective treatment for many types of scarring, including acne or stretch marks.

Skin tone and texture

Ageing doesn’t just present as wrinkles. Over time, skin loses its youthful glow, and microneedling can induce a full-face rejuvenation. Pores are shrunk, and skin appears plumper and more hydrated.

Skin laxity

Collagen and elastin are essential for ensuring the strength and stability of your skin. By stimulating the production of these components, it’s possible to address loose or sagging skin and achieve a subtle and natural lift.


Hyperpigmentation in the form of patches of discolouration or dark spots is a common ageing concern when an excess of melanin, the brown pigment that produces your normal skin colour, collects in the skin. This can be exacerbated by many years of sun exposure.

Microneedling encourages the body to break down these deposits of melanin so they can be safely absorbed. New skin cells are produced, so the skin looks clear and radiant.

How long do the results from microneedling last?

The skin’s condition will be visibly enhanced after the very first session, but the results will continue to improve over the following months. Acne scarring or stretch marks may require many sessions to achieve the results you want.

More questions on the benefits of microneedling? Call 0207 432 8727 to arrange a consultation with our aesthetic practitioners.