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When Microneedling Goes Wrong – 13 Hidden Dangers Revealed

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TL:DR Summary

  • Infection Risk: Poor hygiene during microneedling can lead to serious infections.
  • Needle Size Matters: Using the wrong needle size can cause skin damage.
  • Overuse Hazards: Microneedling too frequently may damage skin and increase infection risk.
  • Numbing Cream Caution: Incorrect use can lead to skin irritation or allergic reactions.
  • Tool Choice: Opting for a Derma Pen over a Roller ensures better control and safety.
  • Professional Guidance Essential: Self-administered treatments increase the risks of complications.
This table provides a simplified overview of how microneedling can affect wrinkles, focusing on the key impacts, their explanations, and the general timeline for seeing results.
Effect of Microneedling on Wrinkles

Introduction: When Microneedling Goes Wrong

As the Founder of a leading aesthetics brand, I’ve witnessed the evolution and impact of various beauty treatments firsthand. My experience in the industry, enhanced by my educational background from CIDESCO and The Wharton School and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, has provided me with a deep understanding of aesthetic procedures and their outcomes. Microneedling, a popular treatment known for its potential to rejuvenate skin, is no exception. However, like any procedure, it comes with its risks and complications.

In this article, I’ll share insights gathered from my interactions with customers, industry experts, and through extensive research.

We’ll get into the less-discussed side of microneedling, uncovering 13 hidden dangers that are often overlooked.

When Microneedling Goes Wrong - Hidden Dangers Revealed
When Microneedling Goes Wrong – 13 Hidden Dangers Revealed

First Things First: What is Microneedling?

As an aesthetics expert, one of the treatments I’m most passionate about is microneedling. It’s truly amazing what this minimally invasive procedure can do for your skin.

Microneedling uses tiny needles to create micro-injuries in your skin. I know that sounds a bit scary, but trust me, it’s not as bad as it seems! These tiny wounds trigger your body’s natural healing response, boosting collagen and elastin production. And that’s the real magic – with more collagen, your skin becomes firmer, smoother, and more youthful-looking.

I’ve seen microneedling work wonders on all sorts of skin concerns, from fine lines and wrinkles to acne scars and uneven texture. It’s one of the most versatile treatments out there. And the best part? There’s minimal downtime, so you can get back to your daily life right away. If you’re looking for a way to rejuvenate your skin without going under the knife, microneedling is definitely worth considering!

Microneedling is a popular cosmetic procedure that may have dangerous side effects if performed incorrectly. One such side effect is infection, which can be both painful and costly to treat. 

Danger #1: Bad Hygiene Standards Leading to Infection

In my years of experience in the aesthetics industry, both in Singapore and Australia, I’ve seen how poor hygiene standards can lead to infections and complications for customers.

At Wellaholic, we take hygiene extremely seriously. It’s one of our top priorities. In our personal experience with customers, we have observed a few interesting points:

Firstly, many customers come to us after having bad experiences at other salons with subpar hygiene. They often mention feeling uncomfortable or even contracting infections. This highlights the importance of choosing a reputable aesthetics provider that prioritizes cleanliness and safety.

Secondly, we’ve seen how proper hygiene protocols can make a huge difference in treatment outcomes and customer satisfaction. By using sterile equipment, disinfecting thoroughly between appointments, and following strict hygiene guidelines, we minimize any risk of infection. Our customers appreciate the peace of mind this gives them.

Lastly, we believe that maintaining high hygiene standards is not only important for safety, but also shows respect for our customers. It demonstrates that we value their well-being above all else. In our experience, this builds trust and loyalty.

At Wellaholic, our commitment to hygiene is unwavering. We will continue to uphold the highest standards to ensure our customers can enjoy treatments with confidence. It’s a key part of our promise to deliver safe, effective, and comfortable aesthetic services.

. Smaller needles may produce insufficient results while larger needles could cause trauma to your skin by not allowing enough time for tissue healing between treatments as well as risk of infection due to improper sterilization methods

Danger #2: Using the Wrong Dermapen Needle Size

The Importance of Needle Size in Dermapen Treatments

The Dermapen, a prevalent choice in modern skincare treatment, is meticulously designed to diminish the visibility of wrinkles, scars, and stretch marks, working diligently to revitalize the skin’s natural allure. This remarkable tool, with its micro-needles, gently pierces the skin, initiating a healing response that encourages the production of collagen and elastin, the proteins responsible for skin firmness and elasticity.

However, the pivotal cornerstone of a successful Dermapen treatment largely rests upon the precise selection of the needle size, tailored to the individual’s skin type and the specific area being treated. Using an incorrectly sized needle can lead to unfavorable outcomes or even cause skin damage.

The Impact of Incorrect Needle Size

Needles of incorrect sizes can yield varied effects. Smaller needles might not produce the desired results due to insufficient penetration into the skin layers, while larger needles can potentially traumatize your skin by not allowing enough time for tissue healing between treatments. Larger needles also pose a risk of infection if not properly sterilized.

Consulting a Certified Aesthetician

Before you embark on any Dermapen treatment, it is crucial that you consult with a certified aesthetician. A professional can provide guidance on determining the best needle size suited to your individual needs and objectives for the procedure. Using the right needle size minimizes potential risks associated with Dermapen treatments and helps ensure optimal results are achieved safely.

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Danger #3: Microneedling Too Often Than Necessary

In our personal experience with customers at Wellaholic, we have observed a few interesting points when it comes to microneedling frequency. Some customers, in their eagerness to see faster results, tend to overdo their microneedling sessions. They believe that more frequent treatments will lead to quicker improvements in their skin. However, this is not the case. In fact, microneedling too often can actually be counterproductive.

Your skin needs time to heal and regenerate after each session. Microneedling creates controlled micro-injuries, and it’s during the healing process that your skin produces new collagen and elastin. If you don’t allow sufficient time between sessions, you’re not giving your skin a chance to fully recover and reap the benefits. This can lead to increased inflammation, redness, and even scarring in some cases.

At Wellaholic, we always advise our customers to stick to the recommended treatment intervals. For most people, this means spacing sessions about 4-6 weeks apart. This allows the skin enough time to heal and regenerate, maximizing the results of each treatment. Of course, every individual’s skin is unique, so we tailor our recommendations based on a thorough consultation and assessment of your skin’s needs. By following these guidelines, our customers have seen significant improvements in their skin texture, tone, and overall health, without the risks associated with over-treatment.

Numbing creams can provide temporary relief from pain and discomfort associated with skin treatments such as microneedling, but if used improperly they can cause serious side effects

Danger #4: Using Numbing Cream Incorrectly when Microneedling

Risks of Microneedling: Understanding Numbing Cream Misuse

In the realm of microneedling, several potential dangers exist that need careful consideration. A key risk lies in the incorrect use of numbing cream during the procedure. Though numbing creams can offer temporary relief from the discomfort associated with skin treatments like microneedling, improper usage may lead to serious side effects.

Consequences of Improper Numbing Cream Application

Misusing numbing cream, such as applying it excessively or in a manner that’s not correct, can indeed lead to a variety of complications, which can be quite bothersome. This includes experiencing skin irritation or perhaps a burning sensation at the site of treatment, which can cause discomfort. Additionally, in certain situations, an allergic reaction could occur due to improper application or excessive use of the numbing cream.

This allergic reaction could then lead to further inflammation and redness in the area that has been treated, making the situation more uncomfortable and possibly extending the healing process. (At Wellaholic, we recommend customers to avoid using numbing creams for this same reason, although it’s available if requested upon)

The Impact on Treatment Efficacy

Moreover, the improper application of a numbing cream can result in reduced sensation in the skin. This loss of feeling might complicate the treatment process as it could hinder a practitioner’s ability to properly assess the patient’s progress during the microneedling procedure.

Dermarolling is a cosmetic procedure that uses a small roller device to puncture the skin and promote collagen production

Danger #5: Choosing to Use a Derma Roller instead of a Derma Pen

I’ve been in the aesthetics industry for over a decade now, and I’ve seen my fair share of clients who have tried to use derma rollers at home to save money. While I understand the appeal, I always advise against it.

Derma rollers may seem like a cheaper alternative to professional microneedling treatments with a derma pen, but they come with serious risks. The needles on a roller are often made of inferior materials and can cause tearing and damage to the skin. Plus, it’s nearly impossible to properly sterilize a derma roller at home, which opens you up to infections.

When you come to Wellaholic for a microneedling treatment, we use a medical-grade derma pen that allows us to precisely control the depth and speed of the needles. This means we can customize the treatment for your unique skin concerns and avoid causing unnecessary damage. We also follow strict sanitization protocols to ensure your safety. So while a professional treatment may cost a bit more upfront, it’s a much safer and more effective option in the long run.

Danger #6: Doing Microneedling On Your Own Instead of Relying on an Experienced Specialist

In our personal experience with customers at Wellaholic, we have observed a few interesting points about microneedling. Many customers are initially drawn to the idea of doing microneedling at home to save money. However, they often end up coming to us after realizing the risks and limitations of at-home treatments.

As a trained aesthetician, I always emphasize the importance of having microneedling done by an experienced professional. We carefully assess each customer’s skin and tailor the treatment depth and serum infusion to their specific needs. This level of customization and safety is simply not possible with at-home devices.

In the end, our customers find that investing in professional microneedling delivers better results and peace of mind compared to the DIY approach. It’s a privilege to guide them on their skincare journey as a trusted expert.

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Danger #7: Microneedling Over Pimples, Sores or Infections on Skin

In our personal experience with customers at Wellaholic, we have observed a few interesting points when it comes to Gold RF Microneedling treatments. One key aspect we always emphasize is avoiding microneedling over active pimples, open sores, or any skin infections.

As an Aesthetic Director, I’ve seen firsthand how eager clients can be to address their skin concerns. However, it’s crucial to ensure the skin is in a healthy state before proceeding with any microneedling treatment. When we microneedle over inflamed or infected areas, it can spread bacteria and exacerbate the issue. That’s why at Wellaholic, we review the customer’s skin for breakouts. If we detect any active breakouts or infections, we recommend postponing the treatment until the skin has healed. Our clients’ safety and well-being are always our top priorities.

Danger #8: Over-Microneedling or Using too Strong a Setting

In our personal experience with customers at Wellaholic, we have observed a few interesting points when it comes to microneedling treatments. Firstly, some customers tend to think that more is better, and they request for a higher intensity or longer duration for their microneedling sessions. However, this can actually lead to over-microneedling, which can cause skin irritation, redness, and even bleeding.

At Wellaholic, we always emphasize the importance of moderation and customizing the treatment based on each individual’s skin type and concerns. Our trained therapists assess the skin carefully before each session and adjust the settings accordingly. We believe in starting with a lower intensity and gradually increasing it over subsequent sessions, allowing the skin to adapt and minimizing any potential side effects.

Another observation is that customers often come in with high expectations, hoping for immediate and drastic results after just one session. While microneedling can indeed yield visible improvements, it is a gradual process that requires consistency and patience. We educate our customers about the realistic timeline and encourage them to commit to a series of treatments for optimal results.

Retinol and vitamin C serum should be avoided for at least the first 48 hours after microneedling.

Danger #9: Wrong Post-Treatment Care Such as Retinol, AHA or BHA after Microneedling

The Importance of Aftercare in Microneedling

Microneedling, despite some initial discomfort, can yield positive results, especially when used with the right aftercare products. However, it’s crucial to be mindful of the dangers associated with incorrect post-treatment care for microneedling.

Products to Avoid After Microneedling

Certain skincare ingredients, such as Retinol, Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA), and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA), while beneficial for various skin concerns under normal circumstances, should not be combined with microneedling. These compounds exhibit exfoliating properties that might be too intense for skin that has recently undergone microneedling. Similarly, products containing harsh exfoliating chemicals, scents, glycolic acid, or AHAs should also be avoided.

Careful Timing of Skincare Product Use

Certain skincare staples, such as retinol and vitamin C serum, can typically be beneficial for skin health but should be avoided for at least the first 48 hours after a microneedling procedure. This gives the skin time to heal and reduces the risk of irritation or adverse reactions to these typically beneficial skincare ingredients.

Danger #10: Not Applying Sunblock or Sunscreen After Microneedling

There are some dangers associated with microneedling that people should be aware of before they decide to undergo the treatment. One such danger is not applying sunblock or sunscreen after microneedling.

Exposing oneself to ultraviolet (UV) radiation without adequate protection can cause serious damage to the skin, so if you’re planning on having a microneedling session it’s important to take precautions afterwards too. Sunblock or sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection is essential for protecting your skin from sun damage. The SPF factor should be at least 30 for best results – higher numbers will offer greater protection against UV rays but won’t last any longer than lower numbers.

Using a reused needle cartridge can cause inflammation due to bacteria buildup on the needles as well as cross contamination with other substances on the skin’s surface

Danger #11: Reusing Needle Cartridges from Microneedling

Risks of Reusing Microneedling Needle Cartridges

A growing trend in the beauty industry is the reuse of needle cartridges in microneedling procedures. Microneedling involves the use of tiny needles to pierce the skin and stimulate collagen production, and disposable cartridge tips are essential for maintaining safety and hygiene. However, the practice of reusing cartridges—whether to save money or for convenience—can lead to serious skin complications and even infections.

Consequences of Bacteria Buildup and Cross Contamination

Reusing needle cartridges can result in inflammation caused by bacteria buildup on the needles. Moreover, this practice can result in cross-contamination with other substances on the skin’s surface. The skin naturally harbors a range of microorganisms, and by reusing cartridges, you risk introducing these potentially harmful microbes into the deeper layers of your skin.

The Potential for Disease Spread

Even more concerning is the potential for disease transmission through the improper disposal or reuse of needle cartridges without suitable sterilization. Therefore, it’s crucial to remember that the cost-saving or convenience factors should not outweigh the importance of your health and safety when it comes to skincare procedures.

Microneedling has its benefits, but it's important to be aware of possible allergic reactions.

Danger #12: Not Considering Potential Allergic Reaction to Microneedling

Microneedling has its benefits, but it’s important to be aware of possible allergic reactions. Consulting with a healthcare professional before the procedure is crucial. They can advise on its suitability for your skin and necessary precautions.

Following the procedure, it’s advised to avoid certain topical treatments. These can increase the risk of allergic reactions post-microneedling. Adhering to medical advice on aftercare is essential for a safe and effective treatment outcome.

To avoid any potential damage or discomfort, experts suggest following your normal skincare routine but avoiding products with active ingredients for at least 24 hours prior to treatment.

Danger #13: Not Microneedling with a Clean Make-up-free Face

The Importance of Pre-Microneedling Skin Preparation

Microneedling is a widely recognized treatment, known for its efficacy in stimulating collagen production. It can work wonders in reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and skin discoloration. However, preparing your skin adequately before the procedure is critical. Make sure to cleanse your face thoroughly, ensuring it is free of makeup before beginning the treatment.

Risks of Not Prepping Skin Properly

If you fail to properly prep your skin for microneedling, you risk encountering complications. The presence of residual bacteria from cosmetics or dirt buildup on your skin can lead to infection or irritation. Hence, a clean canvas is imperative for a successful and safe microneedling session.

Pre-Treatment Skincare Routine Recommendations

To minimize potential skin damage or discomfort, experts suggest following your regular skincare routine while avoiding products with active ingredients at least 24 hours prior to the treatment. This approach helps to ensure that your skin is in its best condition, ready for the microneedling process.


Here is the conclusion and key takeaways from this article by Wellaholic

Conclusion: Always Go to a Trusted Provider for Your Microneedling Treatments

Weighing the Risks and Benefits of Microneedling

Microneedling promises remarkable skin benefits. However, it’s essential to stay conscious of its potential dangers. The risks may surpass the rewards for those who neglect the necessary precautions or seek treatment without the supervision of a qualified professional. Comprehensive research and understanding the correct microneedling methods can help you avoid hidden dangers and maximize your microneedling experience.

The Importance of a Qualified Microneedling Provider

The choice of an aesthetic provider plays a crucial role in your microneedling journey. It’s important to ensure your selected professional is experienced and knowledgeable. A skilled provider can guarantee optimal results while ensuring your safety and comfort throughout the procedure. Additionally, they can provide personalized advice on post-treatment skin care, which is key to achieving the best outcome.

Wellaholic’s Microneedling Services

At Wellaholic, we offer both traditional microneedling and advanced Gold RF microneedling facial treatments. Our services are customized according to your skin concerns to provide you with the best possible results. Trust in our expertise to guide you through a safe and effective microneedling experience.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What should I look out for when considering microneedling as a treatment?

When considering microneedling, look for an experienced and qualified practitioner who uses sterile equipment in a hygienic environment. I recommend avoiding sun exposure, retinoids, and blood thinners before treatment. Expect some redness, swelling, and mild discomfort after the procedure, but this should resolve within a few days. Microneedling is generally safe for all skin types, but may not be suitable if you have active acne, keloid scars, or certain skin conditions. Always consult with your practitioner to determine if microneedling is right for you and to understand the potential risks and benefits.

How can I minimise the risks associated with microneedling?

At Wellaholic, we take several precautions to minimise the risks associated with microneedling. First, we only use sterile, single-use needles to prevent any risk of infection. We thoroughly clean and disinfect the treatment area before beginning the procedure. After microneedling, we advise our customers to keep their skin clean and well-moisturised, avoid direct sun exposure, and skip activities like swimming that could introduce bacteria to the treated area. We also recommend avoiding active skincare ingredients like retinol for a few days post-treatment. For customers prone to cold sores, we may prescribe an antiviral medication to prevent flare-ups. By following these best practices and providing clear aftercare instructions, we help our clients enjoy the benefits of microneedling while minimising potential side effects.

What happens if you go too deep with microneedling?

When it comes to microneedling, going too deep can potentially cause damage to the skin. If the needles penetrate beyond the recommended depth into the dermis or subcutaneous layer, it may lead to side effects like bleeding, bruising, or even scarring in severe cases. Deeper microneedling can also break down facial fat, resulting in volume loss over time. I always advise my clients to leave the deeper treatments to professionals who have the expertise to assess your skin and use the appropriate needle depth for safe and effective results. At Wellaholic, we take extra care to customize our microneedling treatments based on each client’s unique skin concerns and needs.

What should I do if I experience adverse effects after a microneedling treatment?

If you experience any adverse effects after your microneedling treatment, such as excessive redness, swelling, pain, bleeding, bruising, or signs of infection, please contact us at Wellaholic immediately. We will assess your skin and provide appropriate care instructions. In most cases, side effects are mild and resolve on their own within a few days. However, if you develop fever, severe pain, oozing, or worsening symptoms, seek prompt medical attention. Following proper aftercare is key to minimizing side effects and ensuring a safe, effective microneedling experience.

How often should I get microneedling treatments?

At Wellaholic, I usually recommend microneedling treatments every 4 to 6 weeks for optimal results. This allows enough time between sessions for your skin to heal and renew itself. Most customers see best results after a series of 4 to 6 treatments, depending on their skin concerns. After the initial series, I suggest coming in for maintenance treatments every 3 to 6 months to keep your skin looking its best. Of course, everyone’s skin is unique, so I customize treatment plans for each customer’s needs and goals. Feel free to book a consultation, and I’ll put together the ideal microneedling schedule for your skin.

Founder and Managing Director for Wellaholic, an aesthetic chain with 8 outlets island-wide in Singapore.

Willie Chan, Founder

Willie Chan, a visionary leader and relentless pursuer of excellence, is the Founder and Managing Director of Wellaholic, a renowned aesthetic chain with 8 outlets across Singapore. With a strong belief in evidence-based, effective, and affordable aesthetic treatments, Willie ensures that customers receive the best care possible. His ENTJ Myer-Briggs personality drives him to set clear visions and pursue them without excuses. Willie holds a CIDESCO as well as Beauty Therapy & Salon Management from Brentwood College UK and has studied Operations Management at The Wharton School and Management at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, equipping him with a solid foundation in the business of aesthetics. 

Contact Willie at [email protected]

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