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What is Microneedling? Expert answers to your top questions

What is Microneedling? Expert answers to your top questions

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Last Updated on December 6, 2023 by Eve Dawes

Does Microneedling AKA Collagen Induction Therapy and Dermarolling work?

What is microneedling? How does it work? Does microneedling work? Is it a good anti-aging treatment? What does it cost? What are micro needling side effects? All of these answers are more. I had a ton of questions from all of you on my Instagram poll about Microneedling so I got the girl I personally go to for Microneedling, Licensed Aesthetician Kevini Scolari LE to answer all of your questions. Including what to expect your face to look like after, yes, there is temporary redness after microneedling, and my results 1 week later.

I’ve put my before and after photos below. I’m already having regrets about sharing photos without makeup but it’s the best way to show you the scarring and pores that I’m so self-conscious about and the reason I’m having Microneedling done. Besides the collagen induction and anti-aging benefits.

If you‘d rather watch the interview than listen to the podcast, just scroll down to the video. Otherwise, you can also just read this blog post.

The Microneedling questions we’re answering

  • What is Microneedling?

  • What are the benefits of Microneedling? My microneedling results

  • How much does it cost?

  • Is there any down time?

  • How long does the redness after microneedling last?
  • What are micro needling side effects if any
  • How soon after microneedling can you have botox?

  • Can you use retinol at the same time?

  • Does it hurt?

Kevini answers all of these questions and more in the interview below. If you have any more questions about Microneedling, you can message me on Instagram and I’ll get Kevini to answer you.


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I’m so happy I discovered this treatment. I quit botox years ago as it no longer works for me so my lines are way more obvious than they were before which really bothers me. Microneedling isn’t a botox alternative but it does have lots of benefits and is a good alternative if botox isn’t an option for you. It just won’t freeze your face or remove lines to the same extent as botox.

However, I have noticed a difference in my scar size and my sun spots seem to have disappeared. I’m on a mission to keep my face out of the sun and covered in SPF from now on to prevent them coming back. People have also complimented me on my glow and asked what I’m doing for my skin whenever I have microneedling done so there’s definitely a visible difference.

What does microneedling do? All of your questions answered.

A couple of questions I didn’t get to ask in the video that I’ll mention now are:

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  • How long does microneedling take? About 60-90 minutes as it takes about 15- 30 minutes from the application of the numbing cream before they start microneedling.
  • Is it covered by insurance? No
  • Is there anyone who can’t have microneedling? If you are pregnant, have certain skin diseases, such as psoriasis or eczema, have open wounds, have had radiation therapy recently or have a history of skin scars.
  • Do you have to keep doing the treatments to keep up the results? Yes, on average maintenance treatments every 6 months if needed.

Microneedling Results | Before and After Photos

As you can see, one of the temporary microneedling side effects is redness on the treated areas. My face and neck was pretty red and warm immediately after microneedling for several hours. It felt like sunburn as the numbing cream wore off. I never thought I’d share photos with no makeup looking like this online but if it helps anyone, I’m happy to share.

Don’t panic, it doesn’t last long, by the time you wake up in the morning it’ll have gone down a lot.

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Microneedling results before and after
Microneedling results before after 1 week model Eve Dawes
My microneedling results

Strangely enough, the 3rd session was when I was the reddest (pics below) but peeled the least. As the other times I’d peeled quite a lot afterwards for up to 14 days. I think I used a more intense moisturizer, more liberally this time which obviously helped.

What what does your face look like after microneedling? This is what I looked like immediately after. The redness was slightly different for me each time I did it.

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Redness immediately after microneedling
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I’ve recently tried radiofrequency microneedling too which gave me way less redness than after microneedling. Here’s the difference and everything you need to know.

Radiofrequency microneedling treatment in action

More on anti aging skincare

If you’re into your skincare, dermatologist, aesthetician and aesthetician treatments, make sure you know how to get the most out of your botox and filler. When you’re shelling out for it, you might as well ensure you’re getting the maximum results from it.

If doing skincare treatments at home is more in your comfort zone check out my Solawave review. I’ve noticed a big difference in the fine lines around my eyes using this and there’s no downtime.

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