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Updated: May 3

Consider the kind of skin you’re treating. Thicker skin (such as mature skin, stretch marks, scar tissue) may require a slightly deeper microneedling depth for optimal results.

How Microneedling Works

Our chart below highlights how microneedling works. The needles can penetrate the dermis at a relatively low setting and achieve the wound healing response that is needed to create collagen.


This is the protocol we recommend you follow when you micro needle to ensure you have a safe, comfortable experience.

Before we dive into the pre, during, and post-needling instructions, we want to remind you that microneedling can only be performed once every 4 to 6 weeks.


Please avoid taking anti-inflammatory medication, drinking alcohol, or taking fish oil tablets for the three days before your microneedling treatment, as this will help minimize bleeding.

You Will Need:

  • Dr. Pen microneedling device of choice

  • A clean towel

  • A brand new microneedling cartridge

  • Alcohol solution for sanitizing

  • Cotton pads

  • Serum, hyaluronic acid is recommended

  • Optional - surgical gloves

  • Optional - numbing cream

  1. Tie hair back and keep it away from your face. Cleanse your skin twice with your cleanser of choice to remove all traces of makeup and lotions. Any dirt, oil, or stray hairs that touch your face can increase the risk of irritation or infection

2. Optional: Apply numbing cream. Numbing cream can be purchased over the counter from your local drugstore. We recommend using numbing creams that have at least 5-10% Lidocaine.

Apply approximately half of the tube to the area where you will be microneedling and leave it on the skin for 20 - 30 minutes.

Then, you need to remove the cream and cleanse again thoroughly. Use 60% alcohol mixed with purified water or 0.1 chlorhexidine to wipe off any remaining numbing cream. Removing the numbing cream ensures it won’t enter the microchannels you create during your treatment.

3. Ensure that the pen is fully charged or you’re near a power source.

  1. To prepare the area sterilize the pen, the surface you are using, and keep alcohol close by. If you touch a serum bottle, brush, or anything other than your skin and the device during the treatment, you could be causing cross-contamination.

We find it’s easier to pour some serum into a bowl and apply it with a brush during the treatment to make it easier and stay hygienic.