Does Microneedling Hurt?

Microneedling is the process by which the skin is artificially damaged through micro-incisions to induce the production of collagen and elastin, resulting in firmer, smoother, younger-looking skin. By definition, it would seem to be a painful process if the body is being intentionally injured to promote the production of those important proteins. But does it really hurt?

You Need The Right Topicals

Topical anesthetics are key to the microneedling procedure. Without a potent and safe numbing agent, very few people would be able to endure the pain, even at the lowest levels. Without numbing topicals, microneedling can feel like you’re being bit, stung, or pinched by small insects.

Luckily, there are a number of good anesthetics that many professional estheticians swear by which almost completely eliminate pain from microneedling. The ladies at Minx Mogul use a series of topical numbing ointments throughout the microneedling process to give their clients the most pleasant experience. First, they use their Tattoo Candy brand of topical cream to numb the face . It only takes 15 minutes, so it sets fast and keeps them busy. Then they would use their Tattoo Candy numbing gel to the skin once it’s broken from the microneedling therapy. Lastly, they use a Tattoo Candy numbing lotion for the skin, neck, and hands.

With the right topical anesthetics, microneedling should not hurt at all, but you will still likely feel a minor sensation during the procedure. Most people rate their pain levels at a 2 on a scale of 10 (10 being the worst pain). This is normal and is easily tolerable for almost everyone who has microneedling done.

You Need The Right Esthetician

If you’re using a Derma Roller, you need to read our other article to learn why that’s a bad idea. So if you’re having microneedling done by a professional esthetician, then she will also play a factor in your pain.

A good esthetician knows your skin better than you do. With this knowledge, she will be able to determine how deep the microneedles need to puncture the dermis to achieve the desired effect. She will target the exact layer and at the end of the process, your skin should be pink and flushed as the body is starting to repair itself. You may have a few drops of blood, but you wouldn’t notice it if you did with a good esthetician.

A bad esthetician will abuse your skin. She will use a setting on the pen that pierces your skin so deeply that you bleed excessively. She will tell you that heavy bleeding is normal. It’s not and it’s bad practice. If you find an esthetician who performs microneedling poorly, you will find it painful and ineffective.

So Does Microneedling Hurt?

In conclusion, microneedling should not hurt if you have a good esthetician who uses good topical numbing ointments on your skin before and during the procedure. If this is the case, you will feel minor sensations on your skin, but with your pain levels never exceeding 4 out of 10 if you have a low pain tolerance. The pain is always more noticable on the forehead because it is less fleshy than other regions.

Microneedling will hurt if you have a bad esthetician who misuses her tools and does not use industry leading anesthetics. Please do your research on estheticians so you know what products she is using and what other people think of her services. One painful experience can make you never come back which is a shame since microneedling is truly effective for most people.

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