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Dr Pen Microneedling Instruction Guide - 2020


Microneedling Instruction Guide for Dr Pen New Zealand Customers



To minimise bleeding, please avoid taking anti-inflammatory medication, drinking alcohol or taking fish oil tablets for 3 days prior to your treatment.

You Will Need: Dr Pen device, clean towel, brand new cartridge, alcohol solution, numbing cream (optional), cotton pads, surgical gloves (optional), serum (hyaluronic acid is recommended).

  •  Clean your skin & tie back your hair: Any dirt, oils or stray hairs on the skin can increase the chance of infection or irritation. Double-cleanse (cleanse and repeat) your skin with your cleanser of choice to remove all traces of makeup and lotions. Fully tie back your hair, away from your face.

  • Apply a numbing cream (optional): If your skin is sensitive, you can purchase numbing cream from over the counter at any chemist. We recommend numbing creams that contain at least 5% Lidocaine. Apply approximately ⅓ to ½ of the tube to the area to be needled, leave on for 20 minutes then thoroughly remove the cream. Once you’ve removed the cream, cleanse the skin again. You can use 0.1 chlorhexidine or 60% alcohol with purified water to wipe off the numbing cream. We recommend Isocol rubbing alcohol. This is to avoid getting numbing cream into the microchannels.

  • Apply Serum: Use a hydrating serum such as Hyaluronic Acid before microneedling to lubricate the skin, helping the needles to glide and preventing drag. Do not use Vitamin C (as it can cause a reaction), retinol, exfoliants and brightening ingredients.
  • Ensure device is charged (if using cordless) or you're near a power source if using while plugged in 


    • Open brand new cartridge packet and attach cartridge into your device Ensure hands are clean and don’t touch the tip or needles of the cartridge. You may also wear gloves.

    • Choose your desired needle depth by rotating the dial on your device. For our depth chart, please click here -
    • If you're using the Hydra Pro, you cannot change the needle depth

    • Work in small areas and apply serum to each area before needling. This will help to ensure that the pen does not drag or pull on the skin. The recommended pattern to move the pen for best results is vertical, horizontal, and then diagonal in both directions.

    • Using a light pressure and without dragging, repeat this motion over each area two times. Use your free hand to hold the skin taught.


    • If you desire, you may wash your face with tepid water - however this is optional. Immediately apply Hyaluronic Acid to the area to calm the skin and provide hydration.  

    • You will experience mild redness and swelling after needling, as well as needle point bleeding. This is normal and nothing to be concerned about.

    • Avoid working out/sweating or applying makeup for 24 hours. If going outside you must apply a high protection sunscreen.

    • If applying makeup is unavoidable, try to use one specifically for post-treatments or for sensitive skin to avoid irritation.


    The day after treatment, wash your face with a gentle cleanser and apply a nourishing moisturiser. Avoid products containing fragrances or active ingredients (vitamin C, A/Retinols), acids (lactic acid, AHA, BHA), scrubs or toners which may cause irritation. 

    Your skin may experience mild swelling, bruising, peeling and flaking. You can minimise these effects by keeping the skin moisturised, which will reduce shedding and alleviate tightness.

    Avoid exercising, sweating excessively, swimming or applying makeup for 24 hours. You must apply a high protection sunscreen when going outdoors, and avoid prolonged sun exposure.

    48 Hours After:

    Begin to gently exfoliate the dry/flaking skin to help speed up the recovery process, and continue to hydrate the skin, morning and night.

    3-5 Days Post-Treatment:

    Continue to apply a high protection sunscreen daily and avoid direct and extended sunlight for up to 1-week post-needling. Your skincare routine should focus on hydrating and moisturising products, continuing to avoid active ingredients, acids, scrubs and toners.

    7+ Days Post-Treatment:

    You may return to your regular skincare routine.

    Microneedling on the body:

    When needling areas of the body (such as the legs or hands), avoid needling over the bony parts (especially on the legs). Ensure only to use 36-42 pin cartridges for microneedling the body and take precaution not to use any active ingredients (such as acids or retinoids) after microneedling. Regarding needle depth, we recommend using 0.5mm for legs and up to 1.5mm for fattier areas of the body. 

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