Skin Needling

Skin needling is an advanced skin treatment aimed at inducing collagen production, elastin production and refreshing the appearance of the skin. Youth Lab uses the Mpen and Dermapen4, the most advanced medical grade skin needling devices available.

Suitable for

All skin types, scarring, pigmentation, melasma, ageing skin


Full face $399, see FAQs below for additional information


1 to 5 days


12 months (following treatment course)


30 to 45 minutes

Pregnancy Safe?

Yes (modified treatment after consultation)

skin needling with dermapen4
Skin needling is often referred to as collagen induction or percutaneous collagen induction therapy.

It is an advanced skin treatment aimed at inducing collagen and elastin production within the skin’s lower levels, whilst at the same time refreshing the appearance of the surface of the skin.

Skin needling can be used as part of a treatment plan in conjunction with laser and light treatments and

It can also be used as a stand alone preventative and restorative treatment to maintain the skin’s integrity and quality.

Skin needling is a versatile treatment that can be adapted to all skin types and treat a wide variety of skin concerns.

Skin needling is a skin rejuvenation procedure that involves the use of very fine, medical grade needles which are passed across the skin creating micro-channels.

This controlled ‘injury’ initiates the natural healing process of the skin which in turn results in the production of new collagen and elastin and the regeneration and repair of damaged tissue, visibly improving skin texture and tone.

The formation of microchannels with skin needling also results in improved absorption and enhanced penetration of active cosmeceutical products both immediately after the procedure and in the weeks following.

skin needling with dermapen4 with ampules

Skin needling can be used for multiple indications such as:

  • Reduction in fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improve congestion and oiliness
  • Reduce the appearance of pores
  • Improve surface texture
  • Reduction in acne or surgical scars
  • Reduction of pigmentation
  • Improvement in inflammatory skin and rosacea
  • Reduction in the appearance of stretch marks
  • Support skin regeneration for tighter, more youthful skin by increasing collagen and elastin 
skin needling treatment with dermapen4
Different grades of skin needling can be used. At Youth Lab we use medical grade skin needling devices (Dermapen 4 and Mesoesthetic Mpen) which can go to different depths in the skin to target different concerns.

The Dermapen 4 is the newest addition to our range of devices here at Youth Lab and is a TGA approved medical device.

We also offer excellent add on infusions with skin needling which help with natural rejuvenation and regeneration of the skin, as well as tailored solutions to treat conditions such as scarring, pigmentation, skin laxity and fine lines. 

Prior to any procedure we will discuss each patient’s individual concerns and tailor a treatment program according to their desired outcome. A recommended treatment course will be provided and regular follow-up ensured.





What does the treatment involve?

Following initial consultation the entire procedure will take approximately 45-60 minutes. In some cases there may be  the application of a topical anaesthetic  to ensure no discomfort during the procedure, however it is our recommendation that no numbing cream is used to ensure an optimal skin response.

After your skin has been cleansed and prepped, the treatment involves the passing of a skin needling device over the skin which pierces the skin with fine stainless steel sterile needles. 

Often some pressure over the skin may be felt with tiny tickling sensations. The procedure is generally not painful although many clients have different pain and discomfort thresholds to skin needling.

There may be pinpoint bleeding during the treatment depending on the depth of the needling, but no bleeding once the treatment has finished.

How long do results last?

The number of treatments depends on the indication, however skin needling is best delivered over a series of 4-6 treatments for general skin rejuvenation. More sessions may be required for more sun damaged and scarred skin. 

The treatments are performed at 2-4 weekly intervals to allow for collagen synthesis which takes up to 6 weeks. Following a full course of treatment, it can take up to 6 months for results to become visible due to the production and synthesis of new collagen and elastin. Maintenance skin needling treatments can then be performed. 

What happens after my treatment?

Immediately following the treatment the skin will appear red and inflammation will be present. Often clients report their face feels sunburnt and in the following 24-48 hours the skin may feel tight and uncomfortable. Strict adherence to the after care regime provided to you by our Dermal Therapists will ensure optimal results.

The downtime is minimal and aside from some redness and dryness, many go back to work the following day. The down time for your particular course of skin needling will be explained fully at your consultation. 

It is important to follow your aftercare instructions and not to pick at any dry skin as this can increase the risk of complications such as scarring and infection. Protecting your skin from the sun and avoiding any active home care products (such as vitamin A) until advised is important as the skin is healing after the procedure. 

What are the risks of treatment?

Pinpoint bleeding will occur during the procedure but should not persist once treatment has completed. The most common side effects of skin needling is increased skin sensitivity and erythema (like sunburn), bruising, crusting and light flaking in the days following.

In rare cases grazing, pustules and infection may occur.  A rare but possible complication if hyper or hypopigmentation, however our dermal therapist will discuss this with each patient and offer appropriate and effective treatment if this were to occur including review by our doctors. 

Skin needling is not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women if anaesthetic is used or those who have been on a course of roaccutane in the past 6 months, active acne or inflammatory acne lesions, active infection or wounds. Precautions must be taken In those taking blood thinning medications (including aspirin and ibuprofen) and in smokers. 

What are the costs?

  • Full face Skin Needling $399
  • Full face and neck Skin Needling $499
  • Full face, neck and decolletage Skin Needling $549
  • Scar/spot Skin Needling treatment from $159


  • Add Hyla Active 3D Sculpted Mask $50
  • Add  Healite II LED Light Therapy $50 (save $40)
  • Add Meso Ampoule Infusion $49
  • Add PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) from $250

Skin Needling Packages

  • Skin rejuvenation and collagen induction: 3 Full Face Skin Needling treatments every 2-4 weeks plus bespoke Hyal Active 3D Sculpted Mask $1140 (save $207)

Packages for Spot Treatment, Half Face, Full Face/Neck and Face/Neck/Decolletage also available. Quotes Available on request.