Book Free Consultation

Full Body Laser Hair Removal from £108 a month.

Location Icon 9 Clinics Across London Users Icon 600,000 Treatments Phone Icon Free Consultation Awards Icon Award Winning Treatments

Hydrafacial or Microneedling?

hydrafacial or microneedling

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Hydrafacial or microneedling? If you had to choose one…….which one would it be?

They are both fantastic treatments for many skin issues and a must when it comes to your skincare routine.

How do you choose between them?

What’s the differences?

What are the pros and cons of each treatment?

After reading through this blog you will know the answer to those questions and more.

First we’ll take a look at microneedling.


There are many devices performing microneedling. Years ago it was only done in clinics or spa. Today, with handheld and electronic devices, treatments can be done at home too.

The dermaroller is the most common microneedling tool. It looks like something you find in your kitchen. It has a handle attached to a rolling cylinder with hundreds of mini spikes on. You can buy dermarollers with different length spikes, depending on the results you want to achieve.

Many clinics use an electronic microneedling pen instead of a dermaroller. Dermapen is one of the most popular brands.  It is a more comfortable treatment with quicker recovery due to the precise vertical insertion of micro needles. It also works better on the whole face reaching areas the dermaroller finds difficult.

As Hydrafacial cannot be performed at home we will compare it to Dermapen microneedling in a clinic.

Collagen induction therapy

Microneedling is a collagen induction therapy which is popular worldwide. It is considered a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation treatment.

Designed to stimulate your bodies collagen production, it causes micro punctures to the skin using its stainless-steel surgical grade needles.

Several treatments are needed for best results, although results can be seen from one treatment. For skin conditions 4 to 6 sessions are required.

Microneedling is classed as a progressive treatment. Results appear once new collagen is formed, taking to up to 6 weeks.

It can be undergone by anyone considered in good health and is seen as a step up from facial peels or similar treatments.

Advantages of microneedling:

Microneedling is ideal for :

  • improving skin thickness
  • improving skin quality
  • stimulating and boosting collagen
  • stimulating and boosting elastin
  • improve fine lines wrinkles
  • acne scarring
  • stretch marks
  • to plumpen rejuvenate skin
  • anti-ageing treatment for sun spots
  • loose skin
  • enlarged pores
  • pigmentation

Disadvantages of microneedling:

Microneedling is minimally invasive. It pierces the skins surface so could lead to scarring.  There is also the risk of infection which is greater if performed at home. Longer dermaroller needles may bend and cause larger wounds which can also lead to scarring and infection.


With microneedling the depth of the needles can be set from a gentle 0.5mm to a more aggressive 2.5mm. The higher the setting the more uncomfortable treatment will be. It also depends on your tolerance for pain.

Numbing cream or a topical anaesthetic can be applied before. This increases time spent in a clinic as it must be applied 30+ minutes before you start.

What are The Side Effects of Microneedling?

While minimally invasive side effects include minor irritation and redness for a few days after.

Other side effects can include

  • swelling
  • bruising
  • dry and flaky skin
  • pigmentation changes
  • sensitivity to sunlight – (avoid sun exposure for 7 days after each session.)
  • infection
  • bleeding and scarring if done improperly



Is a multi-stage beauty treatment which cleanses, purifies and revitalises your skin. There are many types of Hydrafacials, The most popular is the 6 stage Hydrafacial lasting 60 minutes. Express 3 stage Hydrafacials lasting 30 minutes are also available.

Treatments can be customised with add-ons called “boosters” to tackle specialised skin issues like tags or brown spots.

How It works 

Hydrafacial is suitable for all skin types. It is known for removing impurities from your skin.

The technique firstly cleanses and exfoliates the skin with the patented Hydrafacial spiral tip. Then using a vortex extraction nozzle, pores are vacuumed to unclog & remove dead skin cells.

Finally, specialised hydrating and nourishing cooling serums are pushed into the pores. The serum usually consists of hyaluronic acid, peptides and antioxidants.

  • cleansing and exfoliating

Cleanse + Peel- The first step is a deep cleanse to remove old, dead and damaged skin.

  • extracting impurities

Extract + Hydrate- Unclogging of pores with gentle suction removes dirt and debris.  Nourishing hydrating serum are infused to quench the thirsty skin.

  • infusing serums into the skin

Fuse + Protect- Finally your skin is drenched in revitalising antioxidants and peptides to heal your skin.


Hydrafacials are quick and easy. They can get your skin event-ready in less then an hour.  No pre-planning or downtime is required.

It is also suitable for regular use to slowly build and improve your skins appearance over time. Results are noticeable after just one session. With no downtime you can apply makeup straight after.

  • even out your skin tone pigment,
  • reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • correct dark spots
  • smooth out your skin.

What are the side effects of Hydrafacial?

Side effect are rare. They may include a slight redness and tightness for 60 minutes after the treatment.

microneedling model

Is Hydrafacial Painful?

There is no pain associated with this procedure at all.

How to choose between microneedling and Hydrafacial?

Need special occasion gorgeous skin in a hurry?

Choose Hydrafacial for instantly glowing skin.

Fade acne scars?

Chose microneedling for collagen building and to smooth the appearance of scars.

Relax and rejuvenate?

Hydrafacial is superb if you want to pamper yourself and feel a million dollars!

Aging skin?

Microneedling will firm your skin


Hydrafacial is ideal to clear your pores.

Dry and dull skin?

Hydrfacial will intensely hydrate your skin.


microneedling with a dermapen


Microneedling is a better option then HydraFacial if you have deep, permanent acne scars and other facial scarring and conditions listed earlier. It is great if you want to replace elasticity and firm your skin. It is not a good choice if you are prone to infections or are unable to tolerate slight pain or needles.It is recommended for all skin tones like Hydrafacial.

Microneedling is amongst the best minimally invasive treatments to also rejuvenate skin.

Hydrafacial is superb for quickly and deeply cleansing and refreshing your skin. (Check out our Hydrfacial before and afters). It hydrates and reduces fine lines and wrinkles and improves your general appearance as well as the benefits listed above.

Next steps if you live in London

If you live in London near one of our 9 clinics why not speak to us today about having a microneedling or Hydrafacial treatment. We are London’s largest independent laser and skin specialists trusted by over 500,000 Londoners since 2008 for their laser and skin treatments[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Popular Categories

Skin Treatments

Special Offers

DR Skincare

Related Articles

Removing Peach Fuzz

Removing Peach Fuzz

What is Peach Fuzz? Facial fuzz, colloquially known as ‘peach fuzz’, refers to the fine, soft hairs on the face that while naturally occurring, can cause distress for some individuals. Commonly, it affects how makeup sits on the skin and may impact one’s self-esteem. While laser hair removal is frequently sought as a sophisticated solution…

What Age Should You Get Morpheus8?

What Age Should You Get Morpheus8?

Morpheus8 has emerged as a popular treatment in the realm of cosmetic dermatology, and it is known for its effectiveness in skin rejuvenation and contouring the face or doing Morpheus8 body treatment. This treatment combines microneedling with radiofrequency technology to penetrate deeply into the skin, promoting collagen production and skin tightening. But when is the…

Will Permanent Hair Removal Ever Be Possible?

Will Permanent Hair Removal Ever Be Possible?

Hair removal is a routine part of many people’s beauty regime, yet most current methods only offer temporary or semi-permanent solutions. From shaving and waxing to more advanced techniques like laser hair removal and electrolysis, each method has its drawbacks, and none can yet provide a forever solution to unwanted hair. But as science advances,…

Why do I look fatter after fat freezing?

Why do I look fatter after fat freezing?

Fat freezing, or cryolipolysis, is an increasingly popular non-surgical alternative for reducing fat. It involves cooling fat cells to a temperature that causes them to be destroyed without harming surrounding tissue. Despite its effectiveness, some patients report looking fatter post-procedure, which can be confusing and concerning. Here, we explore the reasons behind, why do I…

Template: single.php