Five Things You Need to Know Before Booking Microneedling

Five Things You Need to Know Before Booking Microneedling


Microneedling has become popular over the last few years with more and more people becoming interested in having the treatment. Some people are a little wary of having it and other people are just going for it, thinking it’s an everyday treatment.

So, I wanted to put together a few tips for you!

Here are 5 things that you need to look out for and that you may experience during microneedling, to help you make an informed decision:


1. How do I choose a Microneedling treatment provider?


The first thing you need to check is their qualifications. Make sure you pick a good practitioner, who is fully qualified, with at least NVQ level 3 in Beauty Therapy, and microneedling qualifications. There are a lot of people who have just decided to join the industry and offer microneedling. Yet they haven’t got the base knowledge needed to underpin all treatments.

Make sure your therapist is insured and has been checked by the local authority.

Choose a practitioner who is fully insured. An insurance company will not insure a practitioner unless they have the proper qualifications and certificates. A professional clinic will be a member of an awarding body. I’m an associate member of BABTAC, you can visit their site here. Also, be sure that they’ve been fully checked out by the council. They should have 2 certificates on display – one with their name on it, to say that they are who they say they are, and their insurance and qualifications have been fully checked. The second is for their premises and demonstrates that the environment and equipment are safe.

Quality isn’t cheap!

If you find a practitioner that you think is cheap and you think you’re getting a great deal, I would run the other way! I know how much it costs me to do the treatment, I know that if it’s being offered at a very cheap price there is no way that they are using the correct equipment, and it might not even be medical grade. Sub-standard equipment is dangerous because it can damage your skin if the needles are not of good quality. There can also be issues with backflow if using a pen: During the treatment, your skin is gently pierced which sometimes causes little blood spots. Those little blood spots are taken into the micro-needling pen. With sub-standard equipment, those blood spots could end up being transferred between clients, which is a disgusting thought but also incredibly dangerous!


2. Does the Microneedling treatment hurt?

There is no pain with the treatment – more of slight discomfort. Years ago, it was carried out a lot deeper into the skin. Nowadays it feels like little, tiny pinpricks – a bit like smooching your husband when he has stubble! I would work a little bit deeper if you have any scarring, deep lines, or wrinkles. If the treatment works deeper than around 1mm then I would apply a numbing cream to help. Most of my clients have no trouble whatsoever and can cope with the discomfort.


3. Will my skin be red after the treatment?

Yes, you will be a little pink after the treatment. If you’ve only had a gentle and light treatment, your skin goes back to normal by the next day. It’s quite a good idea to have your treatment in the afternoon, then by the next morning, if you’re going to work, you should be fine. There is very minimal downtime with microneedling. If your treatment has been slightly deeper, for acne scarring or on a deeper line, that can take up to 72 hours to calm down. But it is only slightly pink – it’s not bright red.

4. How many treatments will I need?

Most people need between 3 and 6 treatments. If I’m treating deep lines or acne scarring, then that takes about 6 treatments. If you only have light lines and you’re looking for gentle rejuvenation of the skin then 3 is usually enough. You would have treatments one month apart to make sure that your skin has healed properly in between. You can also have to resurface treatments along with the microneedling, to gain the most benefit.


5. How long will the results last?

Results last for 6-12 months. After this time, you wouldn’t need a course of treatments again. You would just have a one-off, top-up treatment every 6 months, to keep up what you’ve achieved.


I hope this little guide helps you to make your microneedling decision. If you would like further information please do visit my Advanced Skin Treatments page.

If you have any more questions, or you’d like to have a little chat with me please visit the Contact page. I’d love to help.