Medical needling 101 – The Benefits for Your Skin

Medical needling 101 – The Benefits for Your Skin

You may wonder why would anyone intentionally puncture their skin with tiny needles to cause trauma to their face? We know what you are thinking, “as if I don’t have enough trauma in my daily life”, right?

Well, what if we tell you that medical needling will make your skin look beautiful and rejuvenated after it? To us, that’s #skingoals.

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, and start from the beginning – what is actually medical needling, who does it help and should you do it.

All of these questions are answered below, so just keep scrolling down.


From the blog Clash of the Titans: Sagging Skin vs. Skin Tightening Titan we have learned that as we grow older, the collagen in our skin starts to break down and it becomes harder for it to refill. This as a result has skin that is starting to sag.

Medical needling is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that has a task to treat all kinds of skin-related issues via increasing collagen production. This popular technique requires using many small, sterile needles in order to puncture the skin to cause trauma and create micro-wounds.

That trauma stimulates a response from the body to fill these wounds by producing the same collagen we lose over time. As a result, you get glowing, rejuvenated skin. And that skin is in better shape than it was before.

When a person hears words like needles and wounds, the first thing that pops into their head is “does it hurt?”.  Don’t worry, it doesn’t. The topical anesthetic is applied to your skin before the treatment and that makes the process pain-free.

The procedure usually lasts for about an hour, with the anesthetic being given about 45 minutes before.

Usually, it will take you between three and four treatments to see the desired results, but that also depends on your skin type and the area you decide to treat. Nevertheless, it is recommended to have a refreshment treatment once a year to keep your skin flawless.


Well, almost anyone, but there are of course some specific types of skin that will get the best results.

Most frequently, the procedure is used to treat:

  • Acne and scars (including keloids)
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Stretch marks
  • Pores
  • Dyspigmentation
  • Tightening of skin
  • Signs of ageing
  • Alopecia
  • Rosacea

One of the main benefits of the medical needling procedure is that there is almost no downtime. So, compared to laser and chemical peels for example – it gives the same result (healthy, glowing skin), but you are up and running in about 72 hours, which is much faster than the first two.

The next question would be – Is there someone who should avoid this procedure or can anyone do it?

Basically, almost everyone can undergo the procedure without the risk of any major side effects. Before making any decisions on your own, you should book a consultation with the doctor though! It’s the safest way to go about any treatments!

However, there are situations when medical needling is definitely not recommended. Some situations are:

  • Pregnancy
  • Inflamed skin or with cystic acne
  • Sunburnt skin
  • Allergies to topical lidocaine


As we said, medical needling is for almost everyone, but there are some skin preparations that can be useful.

For example, if you are using retinol or any other intense tropical treatments, it would be wise to take a break for a few days. Also, you should avoid sun exposure for a couple of days before medical needling and harsh acids for a whole week.

When going to the procedure, your skin should be clean and dry, even though the staff will clean it once again before they start.


Short-term effects from medical needling are seen almost immediately, because the healing process starts right away, leaving your skin radiant and glowy. 

As for the long-term effects, they can be seen after a while, depending on the number of treatments you had and the reason why you did it in the first place. When it comes to scars, for example, you will quickly notice a serious improvement in that area.

However, to keep the skin in the best shape after you have achieved desired results, it would be ideal to do medical needling once a year.


Like everything else in life, this too can sometimes have some side effects and possible risks. Don’t worry, it is nothing severe.

You can experience some of the following:

  • Skin irritation after the treatment (that is the most common one)
  • Swelling and redness
  • Physical discomfort during the procedure
  • Bruising of the skin
  • Flaking  and dryness of the skin

Even though it is rare, sometimes there is also a risk from skin infection and pigment changes. This is just one of many reasons why you should always choose your doctor or dermatologist wisely.


After you are done with the procedure, there are some things you should expect, like redness and swelling, but that normally goes away after about  48 hours.

When it comes to redness, the worst thing you can do is cover it with makeup, because it may lead to breakouts, so even though you may be tempted, avoid covering up the red blotches on your face.

Aftercare is really important because it will help your skin recover faster and amplify results.

So, after medical needling, pay attention to the following:

  • Your sunscreen should be your best friend for the first two weeks after the procedure (and in general), so don’t forget to apply it anytime you step outside
  • Avoid spending too much time in the sun in the first few days, because your skin will be more sensitive than usual
  • Only clean hands should touch your face, so wash them regularly
  • Aside from makeup in the first 24 hours, avoid using dirty makeup brushes
  • Avoid pools, saunas and gyms
  • Avoid using Retinol A and Vitamin C, as well as glycolic acid in your daily facial routine
  • Stay away from chemical peels for at least two weeks

After a few days have passed, you can continue with your regular routine, using serums that you like, exercising and everything else.

Following all of these steps can make a big difference in the outcome of the medical needling treatment.


There you have it, all the benefits and side effects of medical needling, and how to know if it is for you or not. With all of this information, the next step for you would be to decide the right time for the procedure, according to the state of your skin.

Our team at Ottawa Vein and Cosmetic Medical Clinic would be more than pleased to answer all of your questions and guide you through this journey, so feel free to contact us.

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