Does Microneedling Hurt? Debunking the Myths and Exploring the Reality

Microneedling treatments have become a popular skincare procedure in recent years thanks to their potential to rejuvenate the skin and address various dermatological concerns. However, one common question that often comes up when our patients consider microneedling is whether it hurts.

In this blog, we will explore the sensations associated with microneedling, debunk some myths, and provide insights into what you can expect during and after the procedure.

If you would like to book a treatment with our experienced skincare professionals, contact our team to book a consultation.

Understanding Microneedling

Before delving into the question of pain, let’s first understand what microneedling is.

Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, involves the use of a unique device with tiny, fine needles that create controlled micro-injuries in the skin’s surface. These micro-injuries stimulate the body’s natural healing process, leading to increased collagen and elastin production. As a result, the skin becomes firmer, smoother, and more youthful in appearance. For more information about this excellent rejuvenation treatment take a look at our Complete Guide to Microneedling.

At our Harley Street clinic, we use the most advanced Microneedling devices available today. This is very different to regular Microneedling treatments as they are medical grade, bespoke and personally carried out by Dr Apul Parikh himself. You may need a few sessions depending on the skin concerns and skin quality however, after a detailed consultation, you will be advised the best course of treatment for you. 

Myth: Microneedling is Excruciatingly Painful

One of the most common misconceptions about microneedling is that it is an excruciatingly painful procedure. While it’s true that microneedling does involve the use of needles, the level of discomfort experienced varies from person to person and depends on several factors.

Factors Affecting Discomfort:

Needle Depth

The depth at which the needles penetrate the skin can be adjusted by the practitioner. Deeper needle penetration may cause more discomfort than shallower treatments.

Skin Sensitivity

Individuals with more sensitive skin may experience greater discomfort during microneedling.

Topical Anesthetics

Many clinics offer topical numbing creams or gels to minimize discomfort during the procedure.

Personal Pain Tolerance

Each person’s pain tolerance varies, so what one person finds uncomfortable, another may describe as manageable.

Sensations During Microneedling

During treatment, patients typically experience a combination of sensations:


Some patients describe a tingling sensation as the needles make contact with the skin.


As the device moves across the treatment area, you may feel a pricking or pinching sensation.

Mild Discomfort

It’s common to experience mild discomfort, which can be likened to the feeling of a cat scratch or a slight sunburn.

Numbing Effects (No Sensation)

Many patients report feeling significantly less discomfort if a topical numbing cream is applied before the procedure.

After your treatment, it’s normal for the treated area to feel slightly sensitive or tender for a day or two. Some redness and minor swelling can also occur, but these side effects typically subside within a few days. It’s important to follow post-procedure care instructions provided by your skincare professional to ensure proper healing and minimise any discomfort.

What to expect Before, During & After Microneedling Treatment

Although Microneedling treatments continue to grow in popularity, there is still some confusion about what to expect throughout your treatment. At our specialist injectables clinic in London, providing peace of mind that your treatment is being delivered professionally and patient-focused is one of our main priorities.

In our microneedling procedure guide, our skin specialists outline what you can expect before, during and after your treatment to give you peace of mind and awareness of what’s to come. 

Choose an experienced skin specialist for your Microneedling treatment in London

In conclusion, the question of whether microneedling hurts is subjective and depends on various factors, including individual pain tolerance and the use of numbing agents. 

While the treatment may cause some discomfort, most individuals find it to be a tolerable and relatively painless procedure. The benefits of microneedling in terms of skin rejuvenation and improvement in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and scars often outweigh any temporary discomfort.

Dr Apul Parikh has vast experience performing Microneedling treatments for clients and patients for over 16 years. Regarded as a specialist for various aesthetic and medical skin treatments, you can have peace of mind that your treatment is being handled by a highly experienced and world-renowned medical practitioner.

Our priority is ensuring you enjoy a comfortable treatment and have confidence in your results. Our subtle style ensures that patients look fresh and rejuvenated following every treatment we perform.

Contact Dr Apul Parikh to book a consultation with a medical aesthetic skin specialist and discuss your desired goals in detail.