Microneedling Healing Stages - A General Timeline

By PMUHub Editorial Team| Last updated on May 27, 2024

Although non-invasive, microneedling still entails certain healing stages. They alter quickly with overlapping symptoms. Let’s see what those are.


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Microneedling is a minimally invasive skincare treatment that causes controlled injuries to the skin. This process triggers the body’s natural wound-healing process, stimulating collagen production and improving skin concerns like aging, hyperpigmentation, scars, and enlarged pores.

Although it doesn’t require extended downtime, some healing is needed. Here’s a guide for those who want to know what to expect during the microneedling healing process.

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Microneedling Healing Time

The microneedling healing process usually only takes 24 hours, but depending on the extent of the treatment, it can last up to a week.

The visible part of it, at least.

What you don’t see is what’s going on under the surface. Complete regeneration takes up to a month or 2.

What Can I Expect from Microneedling Healing Stages?

The microneedling healing process is short, and the stages progress quickly. It’s hard to pinpoint day-to-day healing because everyone’s skin reacts differently. Here’s a general timeline of micro-needling healing:

During the Treatment

The microneedling healing process starts immediately after the injury has been caused. During the treatment, you can experience:

  • A slightly uncomfortable sensation, but it shouldn’t be a pain (if it hurts, tell the practitioner).
  • Some pinpoint bleeding, but that depends on several factors – whether you’ve been taking some blood thinning medication, how sensitive your skin is, whether you’ve been working out, drinking alcohol, etc.
  • Skin starts turning red, which is the first side effect, signaling the first healing stage has begun.

Some skin experts use red light therapy after microneedling to speed up the healing process and minimize side effects.

After the Treatment

Since there isn’t any severe downtime, you can continue your day. However, you have to keep in mind that your skin was just repeatedly punctured hundreds of times. So, you can expect some side effects.

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As Dr. Shah explained, patience is essential, as multiple treatments are usually necessary. Make sure to consult a professional.

Hours After

After the procedure, your skin will be red for several hours. The redness will slowly decrease, but it can take about a day. Depending on the area of the body treated, the redness might last up to a week.

1 Day After the Treatment

One day after microneedling, your skin may:

  • Feel hot and irritated
  • Appear red, similar to a sunburn.

Don’t worry — this is temporary. It can last several days and may be followed by tightness and dryness. What to use after microneedling?

Moisturizers and gentle cleansers will minimize discomfort; here are our top product recommendations:

Several Days After the Treatment

After 48 hours, most people will see the redness fade, and any swelling and bruising should also disappear. However, some individuals may experience flaking, peeling, breakouts, bumps, and dry skin within a day or two after the procedure.

Microneedling Aftercare: Tips for Best Results

You need to do several sessions if you’re doing microneedling to treat a specific skin issue. During the intervals between sessions, prioritize proper aftercare. In summary, focus on two crucial aspects:


Treatments need to be spaced out about a month apart. A certain amount of time must pass between each session: at least 3 weeks, but 4-6 weeks is ideal.

It’s important not to rush the healing process after microneedling. Your skin needs time to heal internally, and interrupting this process can lead to increased skin inflammation.

Read more about microneedling gone wrong here.


Another important thing to note is that you shouldn’t use your regular skincare products during healing. Some products aren’t formulated to penetrate the skin and can cause more harm than good, leading to the formation of granulomas.

Take a look at our product recommendations:

For a more extensive list of what to use on your skin after microneedling with a clear timeline, check out this article.


Caring for the skin the way you were instructed ensures you get the best results from each treatment.

Aftercare is often overlooked because the microneedling healing time is minimal, but it’s one of the most important factors to help you get desired results.

Microneedling Healing Stages – Main Takeaways

The microneedling healing process is quick and straightforward, with visible results within a few days.
The main priority for achieving the desired results is not interrupting the microneedling healing process and keeping up with proper aftercare.



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