I just recently started getting microneedling done and I’M OBSESSED!! The main reason I’m doing microneedling is to improve acne scars and fine lines that I’m getting from aging. After just one 1.0mm microneedle treatment, I’ve seen amazing results!! I know my skin better than anyone and I also take close up photos almost every single day so I see every change that is happening with each passing day. Not always the best part of my job. But with just ONE treatment, my skin looks more plump, the lines around my mouth have diminished some, and my acne scars have improved. And that’s just from ONE treatment. I’m so damn pumped about it! I go to Marcy Tarango at Cherry Hills Facial Aesthetics (720-459-7960) for my botox, cyro t-shock (more details about that coming in the future), and now microneedling. She is amazing and you will be in awe of her absolutely stunning skin!

I asked what kind of questions you guys had on instagram stories so hopefully I answer all of them below! If I didn’t, feel free to leave a question here and I’ll answer it right away!


How do you know if you’re a candidate for microneedling?

You talk to a professional! I am NOT a professional. I am just a person who now loves microneedling and all I can share is my own personal experience. Find an esthetician, find a dermatologist, or find another skincare professional who can see if microneedling is right for you!

What is microneedling and what is the purpose?

Maybe you’ve heard of at-home miconeedling that you can do with your own microneedle, but professional microneedling is on another level (from my experience). In a professional setting, microneedling involves the use of a needling device to create micro-injures in the skin which triggers the repair response. The  puncture of the needle creates a microscopic channel which makes the body begin to produce collagen and elastin to repair the “damage”. This results in better skin texture, firmness, reduction in scars, fine lines, and pore size, it diminishes the look of discoloration, and even helps with stretch marks!

How much does it cost?

At my esthetician’s office, it costs $250 per session for the entire face. The price will range depending on where you live and the esthetician you work with, along with the amount of surface area you are covering with your treatment.

How many treatments do you need?

It totally depends on the person and the results you are looking for, but they recommend 4-6 treatments about 4 weeks apart.

Do you have to continue doing these treatments long term?

You can’t just do one treatment and expect results. Think of it like this – you wouldn’t go into the gym and do one workout and expect to put on 20 pounds of muscle or lose 20 pounds. You wouldn’t even expect that after 6 times in the gym. Skincare is the same way. You’ll see some great results from 4-6 treatments, but we are always getting older, which means the skin is always getting older. Consistently keeping up with your skincare routine will help you see results long term. Consistency is always key.

What is the pain like?

It totally depends on the needle you use. I’ve done one treatment with the .5mm microneedle and could barely feel anything. But my second treatment with the 1.0mm microneedle was definitely more annoying. You’ll numb up before which helps, but it does tend to get a little painful towards the end as the numbing wears off. On a pain scale of 1-10, I would rate it a 5. I still think profractional is much more painful.

How long does it take to heal?

The recovery process for microneedling is pretty damn easy. Your face will be red the first day then for the next week or so, you’ll have tiny little dots on your face. But you can wear makeup by day 3 and it covers most of the tiny dots. I promise you, you’ll notice it more than other people. It took about 10 days for my skin to completely heal and show true results. But this is definitely a treatment you can do on a Friday and be good to go for work by Monday with a little makeup!

Can you do it while pregnant?

It’s not recommended. You pretty much can’t do anything when you’re pregnant.

Can you do it with active breakouts?

No. They can work around one or two breakouts, but if you have active cystic acne, it’s not recommended.

What are the perks if you don’t have acne scars?

Aging gracefully!! Even if you don’t have acne scars, you’re always aging which means your skin is constantly aging, too. Microneedling will help improve your skin’s texture, fine lines, and discoloration!


Now I wanted to walk you through what the process visually looks like. Below is during the treatment. After you numb for a bit, she will wipe the numbing cream off, then use the microneedle on you, wipe away the remaining blood, add a stem cell product or other product, then move to another area. This blood wipes away and doesn’t continue bleeding since the holes created from the needle are microscopic.

PaleOMG Microneedling Experience

Below is a 7 day breakdown of what the skin looks like –

  • Day 1 – after the treatment, you skin is red with some dots.
  • Day 2 – the redness has mostly gone away and now you just have tiny little dots throughout your skin.
  • Day 5 – the redness is gone but the dots are slightly darker as they heal, but you can easily wear makeup at this point to cover it up.
  • Day 7 – a week out, the skin is beginning to fully heal with only a little discoloration throughout.

PaleOMG Microneedling Experience

I also wanted to show you what the skin looks like with some makeup on. This photo below is from day 3 and I only have some tinted moisturizer and bronzer on. The tinted moisturizer covers most of it up with only some discoloration and dots showing through.

PaleOMG Microneedling Experience

These comparison photos below are 10 days apart. I took the first photo right before my microneedling appointment then the second photo is 10 days after. For me, I can see a huge difference since it’s my own skin. The acne pockmarks on the cheek have improved and the fine lines around the mouth are looking more plump and less defined. And that’s just after ONE appointment. I cannot wait to see what my skin looks like after 6 treatments!

PaleOMG Microneedling Experience

UPDATE – Below is a photo taken 10 days after my second microneedling treatment. The scarring on my cheeks has improved a TON and the parentheses lines have become more softened and less defined.

PaleOMG Microneedling Experience

UPDATE – Below is a photo taken 10 days after my third microneedling treatment. My skin is looking a little different when it comes to color since I have melasma and it was triggered by being in two hot countries back-to-back. I even wore a hat every time I was outside, but melasma is triggered by hormones AND increase of internal body temperature so it’s tough to get away from. But if you can look past the color change, you’ll see a huge improvement in my fine lines and scarring on the cheeks. I’ve been so incredibly happy with the changes in my skin’s texture and how much the deep smile lines (parentheses lines) have diminished with each treatment. I’m SO happy with the results.

PaleOMG Microneedling Experience

UPDATE – Below is a photo taken 10 days after my fourth microneedling treatment. I could not be happier with the results from microneedling! I continue to be surprised each month with the progress I see! The lines around my mouth continue to improve and the scarring on my cheeks is barely visible at this point. This will definitely be a treatment I will be doing on a regular basis!

PaleOMG Microneedling Experience

To conclude – I LOVE MICRONEEDLING! The results after just one treatment have me hooked and I cannot wait for my next one. I’m planning to do 6 treatments 4 weeks apart, then I’ll decide with Marcy how often I should continue getting them. After 6 treatments, I’ll also add more photos to this post with an update on my skin! If you’re in Denver, I can’t recommend Marcy Tarango at Cherry Hills Facial Aesthetics (720-459-7960) enough! She is a miracle worker! Again, if you have ANY questions, I’m happy to answer them below! I hope this post helps and gives you a little insight into what this skincare treatment is like! I seriously can’t recommend it enough and can’t wait for my next appointment next week!

PaleOMG Microneedling Experience

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  1. Ape says:

    Sometimes when I get cosmetic things done I end up feeling like I’m all about vanity!! But honestly, whatever makes you happy is key and having a good facial treatment is fun! I just got micro needling done for the first time. Your photos are clear, and great quality to really see the results. Mine was 550!! I am wondering if I could have gotten the same thing, and same quality work done for cheaper somewhere D: !

  2. Heather says:

    Thank you for this information. I’ve had my first session and the only things that are worrying to me is that it’s been 5 weeks and I still have tiny dots most noticeably on my forehead and over my upper lip. Also around my nose it’s unusually tight and dry still. Did you experience that at all?

    1. juli says:

      i do not have that experience. i would definitely talk to your esthetician about that!!

  3. Jen says:

    Thank you for sharing your experience! So helpful! I am about to start my first of a round of 5 or 6, and wanted to see/hear realistic accounts as I go into it.

  4. Dee says:

    Hi! I’m just now finding your blog. Thank you for sharing your experiences with these treatments! I’m in my early 40’s and have been overwhelmed with trying to figure out the best treatment for my skin. I’ve never had acne, but I do have discoloration and deep wrinkles on the forehead, larger pores now, and my skin is beginning to sag giving me jowls. Which treatment would you say gave you the most skin tightening (lift)? And for someone who has never worn foundation, would these treatments cause marks that stay behind? Thank you for your blog!

    1. juli says:

      Halo has given me the most lift, personally! and they definitely don’t cause any marks, unless don’t improperly!

      1. Arlene says:

        I did my first microneedling with PRP.
        I have a low pain tolerance so it was a bit painful today.
        I haven’t heard of the halo laser, but it sounds good and maybe less painful.

      2. Lisa Marie says:

        I am currently researching at home micro needling kits. I have found the Doctor Pen M8 seems to have the best reviews. But it also looks like you have to buy the lidocaine, salmon dna and hyaluronic acid plus a calming mask to put on afterwards. But the results I have seen are astonishing and it seems so much cheesier than going to a professional. Any thoughts? By the way you are beautiful and I definitely saw improvements for you!

        1. juli says:

          if you are good with putting yourself through some pain and trust yourself with that kind of thing, then AWESOME!! i’m sure you can get great results with it!! i prefer a professional because I don’t necessarily trust myself to actually do it on a regular basis, but that’s just me. you gotta do what works for you!

  5. Trish says:

    I appreciate your blog and pictures about your experience as well as your feedback on the process. This treatment was suggested for me and I had no idea what it was. Until your post I also didn’t know that this isn’t a one and done type of thing. I’m 55 years old and my skin is ready for a rejuvenation. This might be just what I need. Thank you for sharing your journey!

  6. Chelsea says:

    Great article! I had microneedling with PRP done almost 3 years ago and the aesthetician told me before the treatment that she was very aggressive and used the deepest setting possible and also did the nose, etc… (I know, shoulda seen the red flags lol). It was my first and only in-office procedure up until this past month when I joined a different medspa which I LOVE and am now considering this treatment again. I would love to revisit the procedure with aestheticians and PA’s that I trust. Thank you so much for providing such a thorough review and before and after pics.

    Oh yeah, and I paid $500 to be tortured for my first round of MN… The medspa where I am now a member, I get it for $160 which allows me to leave a fat tip and still save money. Love to take care of the folk who take care of me.

    p.s. I apologize for the chew-out response to Meg… I have a zero tolerance policy for outright haters, and your response was just much, much classier than she deserved lol 😉

  7. Berneda says:

    What products do you use for your face after the microneedling treatment and beyond? Thanks!

  8. Jeanne says:

    I bought my own micro-needling device and RF machine and am having outstanding results. I did have to do extensive research prior to starting but the experience is as good as it was with my aesthetician. The best part is that I’m saving hundreds of dollars and can now afford
    to use the devices every month.

  9. Priti says:

    I really like your comparison of exercising to seeing results with treatments like this. I think far too often people expect a miracle with skin care regimens. It’s just not like that at all.

    Have you tried hot microneedling with radio-frequency? That would sure take things up a notch!

    1. juli says:

      i have not!!

  10. Lisa says:

    Does she include a peel before the needling? My daughter had it done in Florida and they used a VI peel beforehand. I was wondering if that was too harsh for her? She has melasma around her lips.

    1. juli says:

      not that i know of