What is skin needling?

Skin needling is performed using a mechanical device called a Dermapen™.  A Dermapen™ uses multiple needles that vertically pierce the skin at up to 1,000 holes per second to regenerate, rejuvenate and revitalise the skin. The automatic vibrating function of the Dermapen increases the effectiveness and efficiency of treatments by increasing absorption of products whilst reducing pain and discomfort by numbing the nerves. A topical numbing cream is also applied to the area that is to be treated one hour before, leaving the treatment virtually pain free.

Dermapen™ is manufactured in Europe and has been certified with the European conformity mark ensuring that design and manufacturing process reaches the strictest of international safety and health regulations. Dermapen™ exclusive design is patent pending having met the highest of international standards.


Skin needling is a relatively new technology that has been derived from ancient acupuncture techniques combined with modern Mesotherapy practice and cosmetic / plastics medicine. Created and developed in the 1990’s by a team of European plastic surgeons, dermatologists and engineers, the concept of Skin Needling has a strong medical heritage that has instantly advanced the technology and use of needles for cosmetic and skin enhancement.

Skin needing is a non invasive procedure that incorporates a process of a Dermapen™ with microscopic needles which can vary between 0.5 & 2.5ml in length.  As the needles are rolled over the skin, tiny punctures are created within the epidermis and dermis that encourage the skin’s own natural response. There are no injections, incisions, stitches or implants made or inserted.

How it works

As the Dermapen™ moves over the skin, it creates pin point punctures into the dermis – the majority of which are simply pushing your pores open temporarily. This is perceived by the body as damage, which stimulates the release of growth factors that trigger the production of collagen and elastin. The human body reacts to any injury by initiating the healing process, but usually it will only heal as far as it must to keep you healthy – which is different to healing to a cosmetic level. By persistently triggering the healing process, you encourage your body to continue healing until the job is finished.

Your body normally assumes that scars, stretch marks and wrinkles are OK, but with the gentle daily reminder caused by the Dermapen™ the body is tricked into continuing the healing process until the body has also healed itself on a cosmetic level. This process of skin remodelling can go on for months after each Derma Roller treatment, but noticeable results can be seen within a week! Your skin naturally renews itself every 40 days, so with a little stimulation changes can be dramatic and fast.

Skin micro-needling with the Dermapen™ can be carried out on all types of skin and all skin colours. Other treatments often have to avoid Sensitive areas – such as around the eyes, the neck and the backs of the hands, but the Dermapen™ can be used on all of these areas. The epidermis and melanocytes in the basal area are not damaged, so there’s no possibility of post inflammatory hyper pigmentation.

Skin Conditions Treated

Dermapen™ devices have been designed for and to provide scientifically proven results for the treatment and management of such conditions including, but not limited to:

  • CIT (Collagen Induction Therapy)
  • Pharmaceutical Or Cosmetic Product Infusion
  • Anti-Ageing / Wrinkles
  • Pigmentation / Sun Damage
  • Acne / Pimples / Blackheads
  • Scarring
  • Enlarged Pores / Seborrhoea
  • Stretch Marks

Your Dermapen™ specialist will determine the best choice of needle for your skin condition and desired results.

Dermapen™  treatments also create an excellent “pick-me-up” for any skin experiencing fatigue or environmental aggression.


Your Dermapen™ specialist will prescribe a course of needling treatments to treat your skin condition. Ideally these treatments are performed at 6-8 week intervals to ensure maximum results. Each Dermapen™ appointment will last approximately one hour.

Skin needling has many advantages over laser resurfacing since there is minimal down time 1-2 days for needling vs months for laser resurfacing, no risk of scarring with needling vs significant scar risk with laser resurfacing, it is suitable and safe for darker skin types vs laser resurfacing contra-indicated in darker skin types and comes with no risk of hypo/hyper pigmentation vs significant risk of pigment changes with lasers.

Can the Skin Dermapen™ remove stretch marks?

Stretch Mark Removal is just one of the many benefits associated with skin needling. Stretch Marks occur when the skin is stretched suddenly. The outer layer of skin isn’t affected, but the dermis becomes thinner and develops tiny tears. The blood vessels that lie under the skin show through, giving the marks a reddish colour. Later, when the blood vessels contract, the purplish colour fades to silvery white.

The most common causes of Stretch Marks are pregnancy (between 75% and 90% of women develop Stretch Marks during pregnancy), adolescent growth spurts, rapid muscle growth and weight loss or gain.

The process of removing Stretch Marks or treating Stretch Marks happens as the skin needling stimulates the production of new collagen fibers and elastin in the skin. The Stretch Marks fill in, the skin thickens, tightens and elasticity is restored. The rate at which Stretch Mark removal can be achieved varies depending on the severity of the case, but noticeable changes can be seen in as little as a week with dramatic results in a month or less.

Can the Dermapen™ remove acne scars / surgery scars?

Acne scar removal and acne scar treatment are a common use for skin needling, along with treating surgery scars, pitting of the skin, large pores, chicken pox scars, burn scars and more.

What is Skin Needling?

Skin Needling is a non-invasive, medically devised clinical treatment that uses microscopic needles to treat a variety of skin conditions ranging from ageing and pigmentation to acne, scarring and stretchmarks.

Does It Hurt?

Skin-Inject™ Homecare treatments require no downtime and have no pain. A topically applied anaesthetic will minimize any discomfort when receiving a skin-inject™ Clinical Treatment. Patients can resume normal activities almost immediately, but may experience some minor redness for a day or two.

Who Is It For?

Skin-Inject™ has been designed for any person experiencing such skin conditions including ageing; pigmentation; scarring; acne; enlarged pores or stretchmarks. skin-inject™ is perfect for anyone wishing to retain or regain skin health and skin youth.

What Results Can I See?

Results may be seen even after one treatment. Patients report a firmer, even-toned, more revitalised skin with a visible decrease in the appearance of wrinkles, pigmentation, sun damage, acne, enlarged pores and scarring.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

Depending on the appropriate course prescribed by your Skin-Inject™ practitioner, you may experience anywhere between 3-8 treatments with 6-8 week intervals between each visit.

How Much Will It Cost?

The Skin Inject Homecare device retails for just $99. A personalised skin-inject™ Clinical Care course will be designed for your skin condition, your skin specialist will determine the cost of your treatment at the time of your skin consultation.