Skin Needling – Does it work and does it hurt?

I hate needles! Like most normal people, I’m sure.  That said, I have tattoos and piercings…so my fear seems to be situational – which makes absolutely no sense. So in true form, I wasn’t even slightly nervous about giving skin needling a try.  I must admit though, I knew I was in good hands with Rita Porreca at Sydney Permanent Make-up Centre.

Rita graduated in 1991 from the International Institute of Permanent Cosmetics in the United States, and has also completed Paramedical Aesthetics and Paramedical Camouflage Training. She has performed countless procedures on eyebrows, eyeliner, and lips and she constantly updates her qualifications. Her expertise enables her to work with medical experts in post-operative cosmetic procedures, noting every treatment is undertaken in a sterile clinic environment.

I love trying beauty treatments that promise big results, and skin needling is definitely one of these.  Touted with the ability to rectify many skin issues: smooth wrinkles and fill lines, improve skin texture, relax scars, improve depressed acne scarring, improve the appearance of stretch marks, fill old surgical scars and improve chicken pox scars and produce an overall glowing appearance, I had to give this a try.

Rita decided that I only needed a ‘light needling’ as I didn’t present with any deep skin issues needing treatment (phew).  The procedure for me should/would produce and overall increased radiance and natural glow.



Pain: Rita doesn’t use numbing creams.  In fact she believes the results are far better without.  Does this mean the treatment is painful?  My experience was that it was totally painless.

Downtime:  There can be 48 hours downtime with the skin appearing ‘slightly grazed.’  As my treatment was very light, I was fine by the next morning.

Treatment Time: Multiple treatments are usually necessary to achieve significant improvement to lines and scars. Treatment effects are cumulative and will usually be seen within 6-8 weeks of each treatment. Treatments can be safely repeated every 6-10 weeks.

Results:  Rita explained to me that my skin would be at it’s best 2 weeks after my skin needling.  I patiently waited to inspect my results in the prescribed time frame – and yes my skin did look clearer, better textured and presented an overall glow!

2 thoughts on “Skin Needling – Does it work and does it hurt?

  1. Do you know what the size of needle that she used for this treatment if there was no numbing cream needed?

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