My experience with Skin Needling, Micro-Needling, Collagen Induction Therapy

I mentioned before that I was a manager for a Day Spa, right? It was a fun job and I had a lot of “perks” too. I got free manicures and pedicures, facials, haircuts and color, but best of all, my best friend worked there too.

She was a very successful permanent makeup artist with a lot of clients. She also spent many, many years learning about skin and skin care. When she learned about, and was trained in, skin needling, (micro-needling and collagen induction therapy), she told me about it and wanted me to try it.

I said No.

That was always my first response when someone in the spa industry wanted to experiment on me. I was opposed to Botox and fillers and anything injected into my skin.

Not to say I had any judgment of those who use these procedures. It just wasn’t for me.

It’s really because I’m a big chicken.

Working in the beauty world, I saw some of the unpleasant side-affects, and I wasn’t willing to risk it. I also had one esthetician burn my face with a peel she did not properly explain to me. So, no thanks.

But Estelle did her best to inform me about how skin needling worked. I’m pretty sure I was the ultimate Doubting Thomas who she’d need to completely educate in order to get me to try anything new.

And she knew her stuff on this.

When she explained that this was a way to get my skin to “heal” itself by giving it a “perceived injury”, I was intrigued. I love how our bodies know what to do, especially with a little assistance.

Estelle said she would use a tattoo machine with a special needle or actually needles that would be painless (with a small amount of topical) and, take about 15 minutes. The tiny needles would puncture the skin and create a perceived injury.

My skin would then get to work sending up collagen to “heal” the skin. Voila.

So the first time I had skin needling done was almost 20 years ago. And I’ve had it done several times since. There have been many other versions of skin needling to come on the market since.

I’ve read a bit about the Dermaroller and Dermapen and asked Estelle what she thought. She explained by showing me her fingers rolling over and through her other fingers and asked me what happens when the needle is pulled out to the side as it rolls.

It’s no longer a perceived injury but an actual one.

With the tattoo machine the needles go up and down – there is no rolling, so it’s much gentler on the skin.

I had my skin needled the last time I was visiting Estelle, and want to share the process with you.

Minutes before the procedure

I rubbed on a light amount of a local topical and waited a few minutes for it to start working. As I was waiting, Estelle opened new needles and equipment, taking care to show me and keep everything sterile.

Then she “tattooed” my face, neck and décolletage – without ink of course.

Getting my face needled
Upper lip was a bit sensitive


It felt good and I was completely comfortable for the entire procedure.

Right after the procedure

Afterwards, she left the topical on, but instructed me to use Retin-A that evening followed by Aquaphor to lock the moisture in.

I did that for three days.

The old dead skin sloughed off and in one week’s time, my skin is smoother, my pores are smaller, and fine lines and wrinkles have disappeared. And I did it myself.

Photos taken one week apart – before and after

Well, my body did anyway. Naturally. With a bit of a nudge, from Estelle.


Before and after – one week


Reader Comments

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      Thank you Tina! I’ve been happy with the results these last 20 years. At 59, I feel good about my skin (which is all we really want!)

  1. Karen

    Good timing for your post – I have an appointment for micro needling this week – first time! I am 57 and want to mainly address vertical lines around my mouth.

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      Wonderful, Karen! You will love it. Your skin will improve over time (it’s not an overnight process). Mine is still “working”!

  2. Wendy Allott

    What amazing results. I guess it’s the same process that my muscles go through when the osteopath does ‘dry-needling’ on them. The perceived injury sends the body to fix the area. Amazing.

  3. Leslie Clingan

    Hmm, I wonder if this procedure would be available in El Paso? We are always sooo far behind on everything! Was going to Massage Envy for facials. Maybe they do this procedure. Will have to check. Your complexion looks plumped up, and glowing and healthy.

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