What is Microneedling? (Dermarolling)

A dermaroller is a medical device that has thousands of micro-needle columns attached to a rolling mechanism which is used to puncture the skin. This stimulates collagen production to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Following the treatment, skin will look visibly rejuvenated and as the skin produces more collagen the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines will fade. Dermarolling also treats acne, stretch marks and minor scarring.

The treatment is mildly painful, as your skin is repeatedly being punctured by microneedles, an anaesthetic cream can be applied beforehand to minimise pain.

What types of Dermaroller are there?

Clinics use a sterile derma roller, usually 20mm wide, with microneedles along the rolling device sized 0.5mm to 1.5mm. It is possible to buy a dermaroller to do the treatment at home. In-house treatments usually offer a more comprehensive treatment, often pairing with other procedures and including solutions with hydraulic acid and other anti-agers for the best effects.

Is Microneedling for you?

Severe skin conditions and skin sensitivity may limit your ability to have the treatment. These are the very few limiting factors for dermarolling.

Overuse of a dermaroller, which has become more popular due to the ability to do it at home can damage the skin. This continual wounding of the skin will have adverse effects and most likely exacerbate any signs of ageing, making the skin stiffer.

Typical cost of Microneedling

The procedure costs around £200, and a course of three treatments is normally recommended for the best effects. Or a dermaroller to use at home is relatively cheap and costs as little as £5.00.

Risks & side effects

The side effects are all temporary and a normal part of the recovery process, most will disappear a few days after treatment.

  • Skin redness
  • Minor bleeding
  • Bruising
  • Flaking

Where To Go:

The treatment is widely available. Due to the few barriers to entry, dermarolling is available in most spas and clinics.

Sk:n, various locations


Proskinclinics, London & Kent


FacetheFuture, Leeds


Other Useful links

For information on where to find your nearest clinic & the price of treatments.


Read what the NHS has to say to help you make your decision.


Have a look at what other people think of the procedure, with before and after photos and details about their experience.


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