What Does Microneedling Cost? (Update for 2023)

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Microneedling — also known as collagen induction therapy — is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that helps rejuvenate your skin and also increase your hair growth. (1) This regenerative technique can be done as part of DIY self-care at home, or professionally at the clinic.

Microneedling can be done manually or with automated dermapens or dermarollers. You can also choose more complex devices with multiple speeds or opt for radiofrequency (RF) microneedling. The total cost of your treatment will depend on the number of sessions you need and the microneedling method you select.

What Are Microneedling Devices Used For?

Microneedling devices can help you reach a variety of personal beauty and health goals. And a significant amount of promising research studies have indicated that microneedling, combined with other interventions, can help patients who suffer from hair loss. (2) 

More clinical trials are still required to understand best practices and to obtain proper FDA clearance. But so far, microneedling has been found to help with the treatment of multiple dermatological indications, including certain types of hair loss.

Treating Androgenetic Alopecia

Androgenetic alopecia — more commonly known as female or male pattern baldness — is a common form of hair loss that affects both men and women. If you have this genetic, hormonal hair loss condition, microneedling is one of the methods you safely use to stimulate hair regrowth. (3)

A recent study found that men with androgenetic alopecia can benefit from microneedling. The study showed that at the 12-week mark, the participants experienced a significant amount of hair growth when a dermaroller was used regularly alongside minoxidil, an FDA-approved topical hair loss treatment. (4)

Treating Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder that causes hair to fall out in clumps. It often leaves distinctive circular patches of hair loss. This issue can occur on both your head and across your entire body. (5) Microneedling — when used alongside topical medications like triamcinolone — can help increase hair growth in people experiencing symptoms of alopecia areata. (6)

Dermatological Applications of Microneedling Devices

Microneedling devices have been FDA approved for dermatological use because of the significant clinical results they offer. While these devices have yet to be approved for hair loss, the FDA says that microneedling can help with acne scars, stretch marks, fine lines, and wrinkles. Microneedling is thought to stimulate collagen to get you the smooth skin you desire. (7)

Several brands meet FDA standards to market their devices for dermatological or skin applications. Some of these FDA-approved branded microneedling products are:

  • Skinpen Precision System
  • Micropen Evo
  • Rejuvapen NXT
  • SkinStylus SteriLock MicroSystem

Microneedling for skin can cost as little as $20 USD per device, or as much as six figures if you’re buying a professional device with multiple features. Or if you’re looking into receiving treatments at a clinic, you can usually expect to pay around $200 to $700 for every session. The cost of microneedling for your skin will vary based on the part of your body you are treating. The larger the area you want to treat, the more it will cost you.

How Do Microneedling Devices Work?

Microneedling devices work by penetrating the outer layer of your skin, the stratum corneum. The depth of the penetration depends on the length of the needle being used.

During this process, thousands of miniature holes are created in the area of treatment. But don’t worry — this controlled injury does not damage your skin. It actually awakens your body’s natural healing response and encourages collagen production. 

Microneedling gives your skin a boost in growth factors and blood flow, encouraging your body to start healing from the inside. Plus, the micro-conduits created by microneedling make it a lot easier for products to penetrate deeper and further into your skin, helping stimulate hair and skin growth. (8)

Choosing the Right Microneedling Device

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved several microneedling devices in recent years. These devices are all variations of the original Dermaroller and Dermapen®. These days, there are also more complex versions of these tools – like RF Microneedling devices.

Microneedling devices come in several different sizes and forms. If you want to get the best possible result, you’ll need to understand the different options available.

Dermaroller vs. Dermapen

Dermarollers are handheld devices that have a cylindrical roller, consisting of between 8 and 192 medical-grade, solid-steel, fine needles. This device can be used in various directions (horizontally, vertically, and diagonally) directly over your skin and scalp. You can choose between various needle lengths, ranging from 0.5 to 3 millimeters. (9)

A dermapen, on the other hand, works like an electrically powered pen and contains around 6-12 needles. With a dermapen, you can only use stamp-like motions across your skin. However, it’s very compact, making it ideal for smaller areas that require more precision. (10)

Understanding Different Needle Lengths

Not all the skin on your body has the same thickness. Your face has thinner skin compared to your back and arms. Because of this, you’ll need different needle lengths based on the part of your body you wish to treat. The microneedling devices of varying needle lengths include (11-14): 

  • 0.1 to 0.4 millimeters: This needle length is ideal for superficial issues that occur on the outer layer of your skin. It is usually safe to use this needle length at home.
  • 0.5 to 1 millimeters: This needle length is ideal for treating hair loss, fine lines, wrinkles, and aging skin. You will hardly feel any pain at this needle length. 
  • 1.5 to 3 millimeters: This needle length is ideal for treating acne scars and any other deep scarring on your body. Pre-treatment with a numbing cream is needed to minimize the discomfort. These needles should only be used by professionals. 

Larger needles can be very beneficial because they penetrate the epidermis and get to your dermis. However, they come with a greater risk of being handled incorrectly and should only be used by trained professionals. While all microneedling devices carry some risk of misuse and infection, you should avoid using needles longer than 0.5 millimeters at home because of the increased potential for skin damage. (11)

Fixed vs. Variable Penetration

Microneedling devices can come with the option of fixed or variable penetration. Devices that offer variable penetration allow the user to adjust the length of the needle based on the area of the body being treated. Fixed penetration devices only allow one needle length to be used at a time. 

With fixed penetration devices, you’ll have to change the needle more frequently, particularly if you change the part of the body you’re treating. In some cases, you’ll even need to purchase multiple devices to use on different parts of your body.

RF Microneedling vs. Regular Microneedling

Aside from choosing the needle length of your microneedling device, you can also choose between radiofrequency (RF) microneedling or regular microneedling. RF microneedling is similar to regular microneedling with a dermapen. However, it also uses radiofrequency waves to heat the deeper layers of your skin and enhance collagen and elastin production. (15)

RF microneedling is a safe and effective intervention that can be used to induce dermal remodeling and collagen production. (16) Research is currently being conducted on the effects of RF microneedling on hair loss, and the results look promising. RF microneedling combined with minoxidil has been shown to significantly increase hair count in men after 5 months of treatment. (17)

How Much Is a Microneedling Device Likely to Cost?

Microneedling devices can range from $21 USD to $144,000 USD based on the brand and type of device you go for. Cheaper devices are meant to be disposable after as little as one use, while more expensive devices tend to come with multiple features and warranty options.

Dermapen Microneedling Cost

Dermapen device costs can vary a great deal. You can choose to purchase disposable dermapens, which are on the affordable end of the spectrum, or higher-end dermapens, which can cost as much as six figures.

You can purchase some mechanical dermapens — such as the Dr. Pen Ultima — for as low as $59 in regular department stores. However, these devices are meant to be disposable and will need to be replaced after a few uses. Their needle cartridges must be replaced after every use, too. You should be aware that most of these cheaper devices have not been FDA-approved.

In contrast, automated dermapens have an average cost of $3,000. Here is a list of automated dermapens and their respective costs (18):

  • Réjuvapen: The Réjuvapen retails for $2,495. It will set you back $250 further for a box of 10 replacement needles.
  • InnoPen: The InnoPen retails for $2,499. Its needle replacements will cost you an additional $480 per box of 13 needles.
  • Collagen P.I.N.: The Collagen P.I.N. retails for $2,995. Needle replacements will cost you an additional $642 for 24 needle tips.
  • Eclipse MicroPen: The Eclipse MicroPen retails for $3,500. It will cost you an additional $876.60 for 24 treatment kits (including needle cartridges).

Dermaroller Microneedling Cost

There are some basic dermaroller models that are registered with the FDA for dermatological use. These include the C-8, the C-8HE, the CIT-8, the MF-8, and the MS-4. (14)

You can purchase manual dermarollers, like the dermaroller by Healthy Care, for as little as $21. On the higher side of things, the BeautyBio dermaroller costs $199 at mainstream department stores. However, these dermarollers are disposable and should be discarded after a few weeks for optimal safety. 

RF Microneedling Cost

If you have money to spare and want a more intense microneedling experience — or if you own a clinic — you should consider RF microneedling devices. But be prepared to pay a premium: Microneedling with radiofrequency devices can cost between $60,000 and $114,900. These devices include:

  • Infini™ (Lutronic): The Infini™ (Lutronic) retails for $60,000 and will cost you $95 for each needle tip replacement.
  • Vivace RF: The Vivace RF microneedling cost is $95,500 and will cost you an additional $75 per needle replacement.
  • Profound®: Profound® retails for $114,900 and will cost you an extra $2,100 for a set of 6 needle replacements.

Profound® is the most expensive RF microneedling device because it’s the only dermapen to combine both fractionated radiofrequency with traditional microneedling. (18)

Other Microneedling Cost Factors To Consider

Aside from purchasing the microneedling device itself, there are also some other costs you need to consider:

  • Needle Replacements: Needles on professional microneedling devices need to be replaced after every use to prevent infections. This can tally up to a significant amount of money every month, especially if you use your device regularly.
  • Warranties: Microneedling device warranties can range from 12 months (such as for the MicroPen) to 2 years, (such as for InnoPen).
  • Motorized vs. Manual: Motorized microneedling devices are easier to use than manual devices, but they can also cost more. You may also have to consider battery replacement costs with motorized devices.
  • Device Replacement: Most of the cheap devices you can buy online don’t come with warranties or needle replacements. Instead, the whole device has to be replaced. While it might be tempting to reuse these devices repeatedly to bring down costs, the needles will become increasingly blunt and could even break – not to mention that reusing needles repeatedly increases the risk of infection.

How Much Does Microneedling Cost Per Session?

If you’re reluctant to invest in a pricy microneedling device or feel uncomfortable performing microneedling on yourself, you can also seek out microneedling treatments at a clinic. Usually, at least two to four sessions are recommended, as it takes a little while to see noticeable improvements.

There are many different factors that will contribute to your microneedling session’s cost. (18) Naturally, the larger the area of treatment, the more each treatment will cost you. Similarly, receiving treatments from a trichologist or other medical professional will usually cost more than sessions with an esthetician. 

Skinpen Microneedling Cost

Skinpen microneedling for hair loss will usually cost you around $400-$500 per session. The reason for this high price is that your esthetician has to replace the needles after every session. The cost of needle replacement is relatively high — plus your esthetician has to include the cost of their labor and the time involved.  

Potenza RF Microneedling Cost

Potenza RF microneedling for hair loss will cost you a bit more because of the use of radiofrequency technology. You can expect to pay around $800-$1,500 per session. This high price is based on the initial cost of the device, the cost of needle replacement, and the time and labor your esthetician is putting in.

Treatments with other RF microneedling devices are likely to cost similar amounts. For example, Secret RF microneedling prices cost approximately $500 to $2000 per treatment session. 

Keep in mind that you’ll need several sessions to see results, so your total cost will be higher. You’re likely looking at a cost of at least $2,500 to $8,000 for your treatment.

What Does a Microneedling For Hair Loss Session Involve?

A microneedling for hair loss session may last from 20 minutes up to an hour. When you walk into the clinic, your esthetician first ensures your scalp is clean. A topical serum is then applied to your scalp to numb the area; that way, you won’t feel an excessive amount of discomfort.

Once your scalp is prepped, your esthetician will run a microneedling device over your scalp, focusing on the areas where you’d like to improve hair regrowth. Once the treatment is complete, they may then apply further treatments to your scalp based on the treatment plan you selected. Some common treatments applied after a microneedling session include:

  • Minoxidil
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
  • Multivitamin solutions

You should know that if you choose hair loss treatments like PRP, you may end up doubling the cost of your session. The exact cost varies based on the clinic you receive your treatment. However, the increased price may be worth it. Research shows that applying minoxidil or PRP after microneedling significantly helps improve hair growth. (19)

How Many Microneedling Sessions Are Needed?

According to the National Institutes of Health, when you’re microneedling for dermatological reasons, you will need 4-6 sessions before you see significant improvement in your skin. (14) If you’re microneedling for hair loss, you will likely start seeing new hair growth after around 3 to 6 months of treatment. In one study, participants who received weekly microneedling for hair loss treatments saw significant hair growth at the 12-week mark. (20)

Another study involved participants who received microneedling for hair loss treatments for 6 consecutive months. These participants reported more than 75 percent satisfaction when they were followed up 18 months after treatment. (21)

How Much Does Microneedling for Hair Loss Cost?

Microneedling for hair loss is a great way to help stimulate hair growth to help you look and feel young again. Receiving professional microneedling at a clinic can cost you an average of $425 per session, while RF microneedling costs closer to $825 per session. The price increases if you incorporate additional treatments, like minoxidil or PRP.

If you’re microneedling for hair loss, you’ll likely need to undergo at least 12 sessions to see significant results. This means the average total cost will likely range between $5,100 for regular microneedling and $9,900 for RF microneedling. 

If you choose the more economical DIY route, you may spend anywhere from $21 to $199 per disposable microneedling device. However, you’ll need to regularly replace your devices for safety reasons if you plan to complete your treatments at home. This means paying as much ($252 to $2,388) as you should use new needles for each treatment session.   

If you’re trying to use disposable devices to bring down costs, you’ll usually have to compromise on quality. And remember that most at-home treatments only offer superficial penetration. While you might save some cash, you won’t get the same results at home that you’d get from a professional microneedling session.


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Published on July 31, 2023

Last updated July 2023

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