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Skin Needling with Microneedling Pen or Radiofrequency Microneedling

Skin needling is a collagen induction therapy that improves total skin appearance. It generally refers to a few techniques, the most common skin needling with a microneedling pen, radiofrequency microneedling and dermarollers. Skin needling can treat a wide range of skin concerns, including acne scars, stretch marks, fine lines and wrinkles, and changes in skin texture. The first step in determining whether skin needling suits you is to come for a free assessment with our therapists. Frances is our senior beauty therapist and specialises in skin needling, especially the the use of NCTF. 

Please book online or call 07 3350 5447 for a free consultation with our therapists.


Therapist Consult

30 minute


Skin Needling

Microneedling Pen


Usual Price $266

4 Pack - Special

Microneedling Pen


Usual Price $832

NCTF Needling



Usually 450

What is Skin Needling?

Skin needling is a non-surgical, minimally invasive facial treatment that uses a microneedling device to stimulate a healing process with new collagen growth in your skin. This collagen production reduces acne scarring, fine lines, and pore size and improves skin texture. Professional face needling is regarded as one of the most risk-free skin-treatment procedures.

The technique of inserting needles into the skin to achieve improved skin conditions has been around for over two decades. First, tattoo machines were used before evolving to derma rollers and then to the derma pen. Skin needling belongs to a treatment group called collagen induction therapy.

How Does Skin Needling Work?

Skin needling causes tiny pinpoint injuries or microchannels on the surface of your skin. This activates growth factors in your skin, kickstarting a healthy healing response. Not only activating cells in the epidermis (cells responsible for intact skin barrier) resulting in a smoother surface, but because these cells communicate with fibroblasts (the cells that produce collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid), collagen production is activated.

Face needling Does not Need to be Deep.

In the original face needling with the microneedling gun and derma roller, therapists tried deep penetration to the ‘dermis’, believing they needed to disrupt scar collagen to induce new collagen production. More recently, treatments have become gentle, understanding that our skin cells release growth factors and communicate without excess injury. However, deep penetration and excessive damage are associated with risks of scarring, which defeats the aim of the skin needling process.

Why Pearl Medispa Skin Needling?

At Pearl Medispa Brisbane, we focus on more superficial skin needling. You are creating a more superficial exfoliation and working with your skin to activate natural skin repair mechanisms. Our approach to face needling is to work with your skin. Our Microneedling pen is TGA-approved. The microneedling device brings about ‘localised and controlled damage,’ meaning they do not significantly alter the structure of your skin’s outer layer. This ‘controlled damage’ initiates the regeneration of your skill cells via the natural healing process and, in the process, activates collagen production.

How Does Face Needling Work?

Each fine needle puncture creates a channel or micro-wound in the skin. Very quickly, the microchannels formed spontaneously close, preserving the integrity of the epidermal barrier. However, the needles injure the epidermis, superficial dermal collagen strands, and small blood vessels, releasing growth factors and forming new collagen, elastin, and capillaries. This new collagen and vascularity improve skin firmness, hydration and texture.

What is The Goal of Skin Needling?

Skin needling is used in two main scenarios. The first is as a general treatment to improve skin appearance. The second is as a therapy for skin concerns. Acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, stretch marks, enlarged pores, skin roughness, pigmentation, and hair loss are all treated with microneedling.

Skin needling is effectively used for:

  • Return a glow to your skin
  • Reduce scars caused by acne, surgery, or burns;
  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
  • Fade young (red) stretch marks
  • Tighten skin sagging
  • Improve skin tone, texture

Skin Needling for Acne Scars

Skin needling has gained popularity and efficacy in the treatment of acne scars. RF microneedling has the most significant impact. However, microneedling pens and dermarollers are still used. Therefore, the most critical therapeutic benefit will be provided if your clinic has RF microneedling. Often multiple treatment modalities are required to lessen acne scars successfully. As a result, in addition to RF microneedling, an acne scar treatment strategy may involve more than one treatment with TCA cross, subcision, dermal filler, and laser.

Skin Needling for Stretch Marks

RF microneedling is superior to skin needling with microneedling pens or dermal rollers to treat stretch marks. RF microneedling can be used on both young and old stretch marks and should be used with laser treatment. For example, vascular laser treatment improves young (red) stretch marks, whereas CO2 lasers can improve older (white) stretch marks.

Skin Needling for Wrinkles and Texture Concerns.

Skin needling can help with a variety of skin texture issues. Again, RF microneedling has higher outcomes; however, skin needling with dermapen also produces many results for skin texture concerns. A series of face-needling treatments can alleviate fine lines and wrinkles, crepiness, enlarged pores, skin roughness, and even dryness. Caution is advised, however, because excessive use of deep (3mm) needling with microneedling pens has resulted in scarring. Therefore, it is best to stay with superficial treatments only!

Microneedling for Pigmentation

Skin needling should not be used to treat melasma. Melasma can worsen if you apply skin needling too aggressively. Superficial microneedling with pen technology can help with some pigmentation. However, be wary of anyone who recommends microneedling as a therapy for pigmentation. It is not the most effective treatment and can cause more problems in the wrong hands.

Skin Needling Decolletage

The décolletage is a distinct area of skin on the body that is frequently overlooked in our daily skincare routines. Our decolletage skin needling treatment can help reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and sun damage to the chest.

Benefits of microneedling

  • Microneedling has a lower risk of hyperpigmentation and scarring than more invasive procedures, making it safer for ethnic or dark skin. Skin needling can be used for all skin types, light to dark.
  • It is appropriate for thin and sensitive skin;
  • People tolerate the procedure well.
  • It is less expensive and can be performed on areas of skin that are not suitable for peeling or laser resurfacing,
  • The epidermis is not damaged. As a result, it can be safely repeated if necessary.
  • You can resume normal activities quickly, with minimal downtime, as the surface seals and heals.

Please book online or call 07 3350 5447 for a free consultation with our therapists.

Image of our therapist performing RF microneedling

RF Microneedling for advanced skin rejuvenation

Image of our therapist performing skin needling.

Skin Needling Performed in Clinic

What is the Dermapen Skin Needling Procedure?

Generally, a full face or skin needling decolletage takes 30 minutes and should be relatively pain-free.

  1. Makeup and sunscreen are removed with cleansing.
  2. Topical numbing cream is applied to the treatment area 30 -60 minutes beforehand if required. With proper numbing, you should feel tiny, except towards the end of treatment, it can become a little bitey.
  3. Our therapists used a handheld, skin-needling device that punctures the skin in a specific pattern. Each fine needle puncture creates a channel or micro-wound in the skin, stimulating skin cells to release growth factors.
  4. After treatment, our therapist will apply soothing gel and sunscreen. The surface layers seal and heal quickly.
  5. A cosmetic makeup such as Oxygenetix can be applied directly after treatment if required.
  6. Immediately after treatment, your face will be red.

Is the Microneedling Pen Painful?

Needles, you say –  isn’t face needling painful? Modern microneedling uses more gentle technology than the first few incarnations of skin needling – which were quite uncomfortable. Face needling now uses a handheld pen, inserting multiple tiny needles at a very high speed into the surface of your skin. Because of the speed, accuracy and depth of the needling, the treatments are surprisingly comfortable, especially with the addition of numbing cream.

After-Procedure Care

Your skin tolerates face needling well, but dryness, scaling, redness, and swelling may occur after treatment,

  • Redness and swelling will last 1-2 days after treatment. This can last longer for some people with more sensitive skin or a tendency to swell.
  • Bruising is rare but occasionally does occur and can take up to 7 days to subside.
  • 5 – 7 days after, the skin can be flaking or peeling.
  • Sun protection is advised for several weeks.

The surface of your skin seals and heals quickly; after about a week, your skin is pretty much back to normal. Then, under the skin, the process of collagen remodelling starts. The collagen induction peaks at 12 weeks but can continue for up to 12 months. Skin rejuvenation effects can be seen as early as six weeks but continue for up to 3 months and longer.

How Many Treatments are Recommended for Optimal Results?

Your skin condition determines the number of skin-needling procedures required. Generally, a series of 4 treatments is optimal.

  • A minimum of 6 weeks between treatments is recommended because new natural collagen takes that long to form and see optimal results from the first treatment.
  • Every year, one or two refresher microneedling treatments are recommended for wrinkles caused by skin ageing.
  • For best results in acne scarring, other treatments such as rf microneedling, subcision, TCA cross, laser, dermal fillers or punch elevation may need to be combined.

Are There Side Effects from Skin Needling?

Skin needling generally results in rapid recovery of the treated areas. However, there are some rare side effects. Because the microchannels heal quickly, infection is uncommon but possible. If there are unexpected outcomes after treatment, it is essential to call us on 07 3350 5447 for a review. 

  • Skin infection with bacteria (rare as the microchannels seal very quickly)
  • During the recovery period, skin infection with herpes simplex virus (cold sores). If you suffer from cold sores in a treatment area, start prevention before treatment.
  • Granulomatous reactions result in plaques and nodules, possibly from implanted cosmeceuticals or nickel allergy.
  • Milia, which can be removed •
  • Acne can flare after treatment
  • Prolonged/delayed swelling is very rare.
  • Depigmentation or hyperpigmentation is also very rare but can occur.

How Much Improvement Can I Expect with Skin Needling?

  • The results of skin needling are progressive over several treatments.
  • Generally, four treatments are recommended in a package, spaced four to six weeks apart.
  • The number of treatments depends on your response to treatments.

The results are individual and depend on your general skin health and fresh fruit and vegetable intake. 

What can you do to improve the outcome?

  • Use sun protection after treatments.
  • Start on prescription Vitamin A cream at least two weeks before treatment.
  • Eat a healthy diet with fresh fruit & vegetables.
  • Apply Oxygenetix after treatment

Call us on 07 3350 5447 for a free consultation or book online.

Skin Needling Treatment Options

Skin needling, also known as microneedling, comprises numerous modalities, including the dermaroller, microneedling pens such as the dermapen, and radiofrequency microneedling (RF microneedling).

Derma Roller Skin Needling

After the tattoo gun, dermarollers were the first skin-needling devices. Dr Fernandes, a South African plastic surgeon, founded the skincare company Environ and was the first to invent dermaroller technology. However, the skin needling rolling technique did create undue stress on the skin when needling to deeper depths. As a result, they are not used as a clinic treatment currently. (Dermarollers continue to be a home treatment).

Face Needling Pen such as Dermapen

With the development of Microneedling pens, the Derma Roller method became outdated for clinical use. The Dermapen was the first of the microneedling pen devices, but there are now multiple options available on the market. In addition, skin-needling pens cannot be TGA registered if they make undue medical claims. So though they remain an excellent method of superficial skin treatment, radiofrequency microneedling is more appropriate for deeper skin penetration.

Microneedling using Radio Frequency

RF Microneedling is the most recent advancement in skin needling. ePrime was the first to hit the market, but this was rapidly superseded by more predictable devices such as Infini and Secret RF. Introducing RF microneedling was a game changer, as the treatment enabled controlled skin penetration and energy release. It is currently the most effective treatment for most acne scarring. In addition, it can be used in conjunction with a CO2 laser or other therapy techniques.

Microneedling – Collagen Induction Therapies

Microneedling is a collagen induction therapy, which means it works by promoting collagen remodelling. RF microneedling, fractional CO2 laser, Fraxel laser, and Dermapen and dermaroller skin needling are all collagen induction procedures.

Collagen induction therapies (CIT) all work by laying down new collagen to improve the appearance of the skin. The first step is to break down the scar collagen, which releases growth factors that stimulate fibroblasts to lay down new healthy collagen. The procedure is a controlled skin injury. Acne scar treatment options include fractional CO2 laser or radiofrequency microneedling, which breaks down scar collagen first, allowing your body’s natural healing to build healthy new collagen. The effectiveness of face needling and laser for acne scars varies.

Your first step is a free assessment with our therapist to assess your suitability for skin needling.

Call us on 07 3350 5447 for a free consultation or book online.