3D-Medical Skin Needling is a signature combination treatment, exclusively designed by our physician-led team. This exclusive treatment has been specifically designed for clients who wish to treat the signs of ageing and naturally increase the collagen content of their skin.

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Dr Nerina Wilkinson + Associates offer you a unique 3D micro needling experience.

3D-Medical Skin Needling is a signature combination treatment, exclusively designed by our physician-led team. This exclusive treatment has been specifically designed for clients who wish to treat the signs of ageing and naturally increase the collagen content of their skin.

What is 3D Medical Skin Needling?

For our 3D Medical Skin Needling, we have combined the power of micro needling (using micro needles that penetrate the skin) with scientifically proven active ingredients and collagen induction for the ultimate skin rejuvenation treatment. Delivering the actives at the right depth below the skin stimulate the release of growth factors to promote healing and with this the formation of new healthy collagen and elastin.

Hydrating Peptides are included immediately post-treatment and driven deeper into the skin using sonophoresis and iontophoresis technology.

Learn more about our approach and how 3D Medical Skin Needling works and contact us to book a consultation.

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Frequently asked questions about 3D Medical Skin Needling

Our approach to 3D Medical Skin Needling

At Dr Nerina Wilkinson + Associates, our approach is bespoke and tailored to solve your specific concerns.

Before we schedule any procedures, patients must undergo a comprehensive examination including a VISIA Skin Analysis and Next Motion photograph. This allows us to create a personalised, results-driven, treatment plan and accurately track progress.

Dr Nerina Wilkinson has a set standard of individualised care and expertise which is reflected by the entire team. Our team of experts has a wealth of knowledge. It continuously delivers outstanding results by using state-of-the-art medical devices and products, sparing no expense to create a safe and luxurious environment where all your skincare concerns can be addressed.

Each 3D Medical Skin Needling treatment is completely bespoke and formulated around an individual’s concerns and desired results. Book an appointment to consult with Dr. Nerina Wilkinson and her team of Aesthetic Doctors.

What is micro needling?

Micro-needling is one of the most popular, non-surgical treatments amongst maturing females who wish to treat wrinkles and increase the collagen content of their skin. This treatment is an effective method for anyone looking to reverse the hands of time and combat signs of ageing in the face, neck, and chest.

There are two methods of micro-needling performed at Dr Nerina Wilkinson + Associates. The first, a deep micro-needling method, also referred to as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), is a revolutionary skin tightening technology pioneered by Dr Desmond Fernandes (an internationally renowned plastic surgeon, partner at the Cosmetic Surgery Institute and trainer of our Skincare Specialists). The second method of micro-needling is a more minimally invasive approach to facilitate the penetration of essential active ingredients deep into the skin to activate collagen and elastin production, similar to Mesotherapy.

Who is the ideal candidate for 3D Medical Skin Needling?

Always start with a professional consultation with qualified and experienced specialists for an in-depth analysis of your facial features and to reach a good understanding of your skincare concerns and goals.

Our unique and comprehensive VISIA Skin Analysis is available for you to discuss and analyse your concerns and goals and for our team of specialists to provide bespoke advice. Schedule your VISIA Skin Analysis today.

The ideal candidates for 3D Medical Skin Needling include those who are wanting improvement in the following:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Large pores
  • Redness and vascularity
  • Acne scarring
  • Thinning skin
  • Poor skin texture
  • Ageing skin

How does 3D Medical Skin Needling work?

Conventional Medical Skin Needling consists of 13 micro needles that penetrate the skin. The needles oscillate, creating microscopic punctures within the skin. These punctures stimulate the skin’s natural regeneration process. Skin rejuvenating growth factors are then released to the treated area to promote healing and with this the formation of new healthy collagen and elastin. Needle depth ranges from 0,5 to 2mm in length allowing us to tailor make the treatment and effectively treat various areas of the face and body.

Micro-needling results are dramatically enhanced by our Signature 3D Medical Skin Needling Treatment:

For our 3D Medical Skin Needling, we have combined scientifically proven active ingredients with collagen induction for the ultimate skin rejuvenation. These actives are capable of reaching the deeper layers of the skin to further increase collagen induction and can be used to target specific skin concerns such as pigmentation, sun damage and fine lines.

Hydrating Peptides are included immediately post-treatment and driven deeper into the skin using sonophoresis and iontophoresis technology. Not only does this enhance the results of the treatment but peptides are also able to heal the skin and in turn speed up your recovery process post-treatment.

Start your 3D Medical Skin Needling journey! Contact us to book a consultation.

How is 3D Medical Skin Needling performed?

The treatment starts by micro-needling the skin using the revolutionary Dermapen device which consists of microneedles that are run over the skin to create tiny punctures.

The skin responds by releasing a cascade of Growth Factors to repair the treated area. Growth Factors are responsible for the production of new, healthy collagen and the breakdown of damaged, unhealthy collagen which shows up as ageing on the skin’s surface.

We apply a meso-peptide hyaluronic serum to the skin when we perform the micro-needling. This mimics a Mesotherapy treatment and forces the active meso-peptide hyaluronic serum into the deeper layers of the skin. Peptides act as the messengers between your skin cells and encourage them to regenerate and increase skin hydration for youthful, plump-looking skin.

We finish off the treatment by applying further active serums to the skin and infusing these using an Electro Sonic Mask. This mask causes the skin cells to become more permeable, therefore, increasing the receipt of the active ingredients and Growth Factors while cooling and soothing the skin for faster recovery.

What areas can be treated with 3D Medical Skin Needling?

3D Medical Skin Needling is used to combat signs of ageing in the neck, chest and face.

How long do 3D Medical Skin Needling treatments take to perform?

Treatment time will vary according to the area being treated; this can be anything from 90 – 120 minutes. The allocated time includes the application of the topical anaesthetic, the 3D-Medical Skin Needling and post-treatment Dermalux LED Light Therapy OR Iontophoresis Mask.

How many treatments do you need to complete a full 3D Medical Skin Needling?

The number of sessions required will depend on the method used, but you will see results after your first 3D Medical Skin Needling treatment.

A minimally invasive approach usually requires 5 sessions, 2 – 4 weeks apart.

The deeper, more invasive method will require at least 5 sessions, 4 weeks apart for a more potent collagen induction response.

How long does it take to see results from 3D Medical Skin Needling?

Due to the mild skin exfoliation post-treatment, the skin’s colour and texture are improved about 1 – 2 weeks post-treatment.

The stimulation and maturation of the new collagen in the skin will take up to 90 days, therefore the best results can be expected about 3 months after the treatments.

Some patients have reported seeing visible results sooner while others still see improvement in skin quality for up to a year post-treatment.

3D Medical Skin Needling treatments: Before & After

We are passionate about educating our clients on safe, results-driven treatments and we, therefore, design each client’s Skincare Treatment Plan individually to deliver optimal results. To achieve this, we start with a computerised VISIA Skin Care Analysis that objectively measures and maps your skin followed by a detailed consultation with your Skincare Specialist during which specific concerns are highlighted and discussed.

Before 3D Medical Skin Needling

1. Avoid any strong at-home facial treatments and/or exfoliation treatments the week prior to your appointment.

2. Avoid sun exposure (including tanning) for five days prior to your treatment.

3. Know the skincare products you are using at home, and create a list, as having these details will assist your Skincare Specialist to make suitable product recommendations.

4. Advise your Skincare Specialist regarding any medications, medical conditions, and/or past skin conditions; even over-the-counter medications can affect your skin, so it is good for us to know what may be contributing to your concerns as well as how your skin reacts to certain products.

5. Should you be preparing your skin for a big event and you have never had a skin care treatment before and therefore don’t know how your skin will respond, it is recommended that you schedule an appointment six weeks before your big event with a follow-up appointment closer to the event date. This way you have time to address any negative skin reactions and get the maximum results from your treatment(s).

6. Be prepared to discuss your skin concerns and goals. Your Skincare Specialist is a licensed expert who will provide you with a detailed plan to best achieve your specific goals.

7. We advise against any aesthetic procedures (including Botulinum Toxin, Facial Fillers and Threads) 2 weeks prior to and 2 weeks after any minimally invasive skin care treatment.

Day of 3D Medical Skin Needling

Should this be your first treatment at the Skin Clinic, you will be required to complete a short medical questionnaire to help guide your Skincare Specialist in selecting the most suitable protocol for you. Your Skincare Specialist will require access to your face, neck and shoulders, therefore requiring you to get changed into a robe prior to the treatment.

The needling treatment will include:

  • Cleansing.
  • Application of a topical anaesthetic for 30 minutes (to numb the skin increasing treatment comfort).
  • Application of a bespoke skin serum/solution.
  • Use of a medical needling device to enhance penetration of the active ingredients (vibrations can be felt against the skin due to the oscillation of the needles).
  • Application of a calming, soothing mask increasing the penetration of the active ingredients.
  • Application of a Stem Cell serum.

After 3D Medical Skin Needling

Redness can be expected for 3+ days post treatment. A heated sensation can also be expected for the next 2 days. Tightness of the skin can be experienced due to swelling and eyes can appear swollen. Dryness and heaviness of the eyes have also been experienced. Blood spotting can appear underneath the skin and will resolve in 5+ days. Dryness and slight skin wrinkling might appear around day 3 after which flaking usually begins on day 3 and can last for a further 3+ days.


  • Skin should be cleansed morning and evening with an anti-bacterial wash using lukewarm to cool water.
  • A SPF 50 should be applied in the morning and reapplied every 2 hours post-treatment.
  • Make-up can be applied from day 2 onward.
  • Direct sunlight should be avoided 7 days post-treatment Retinols and exfoliating products. should be avoided until the skin is completely healed.
  • Flaking skin should not be rubbed, picked or scratched.
  • It is advised to avoid vigorous exercise for 2 days post-treatment It is recommended to avoid anti-inflammatories and icing the area as the inflammation encourages the release of growth factors within the skin.

Your Skincare Specialist will advise on a suitable moisturiser to promote healing and support results.

The treatment includes a bespoke aftercare pack consisting of relevant product mini’s to aid the recovery of your skin post-treatment.

How long is the recovery period for 3D Medical Skin Needling?

The skin will appear sunburnt after the treatment, this usually lasts about 48 hours. The skin can also feel slightly dry and possibly even flake for a further 48 hours, however, when using our provided post-treatment recovery pack, the discomfort is drastically minimised.

A medical foundation can be applied to the skin should coverage be required.

How do I ensure that 3D Medical Skin Needling is the right procedure for me?

To see if this is the best cosmetic surgery procedure for you, always start with a professional consultation with a qualified and experienced cosmetic surgeon for an in-depth analysis of your facial features and to reach a good understanding of your skincare concerns and goals.

Dr Nerina Wilkinson’s unique and comprehensive surgical consultation is available for you to discuss and analyse your concerns and goals and for her (together with her team of specialists) to provide bespoke advice. Schedule your facial cosmetic surgery consultation today!

What does a 3D Medical Skin Needling cost in South Africa?

3D Needling treatments start at a cost of R2 350 per session.

After your consultation with the Skincare Specialist, you will be quoted according to the size of the area being treated and the number of sessions required to treat your concerns.

The cost for all needling treatments includes a bespoke aftercare pack consisting of relevant product minis to aid your skin’s recovery post-treatment.

Please contact us to ask any questions you may have regarding 3D Medical Skin Needling treatments.

Are there alternative treatments for 3D Medical Skin Needling?

There are alternative treatments that we utilise to combat signs of skin ageing on the neck, face and chest, such as mesotherapy and GFIT (growth factor induction therapy).

Mesotherapy is a minimally invasive treatment that relies on small injections to introduce active ingredients into the superficial layers of the skin to stimulate, feed and regenerate skin. Learn more about our Mesotherapy treatments.

GFIT is used to supplement the skin with selected biotechnologically derived Growth Factors to reverse the signs of ageing and aid in skin cell turnover to achieve radiant, rejuvenated and glowing skin.

During each GFIT treatment, an AQ Prescription Serum is infused into the skin using the AQ Stamping technique. This is designed to enhance the skin’s natural restorative process, promoting collagen production, healthy circulation and cellular renewal.

Learn more about our GFIT treatments.

Book a consultation with one of our Skincare Specialists to discuss your specific concerns and we’ll provide you with a personalised assessment and treatment plan with honest feedback on how to achieve your desired results.

Are 3D Medical Skin Needling treatments safe?

Fractional laser is normally safe when performed by a qualified Plastic Surgeon/Aesthetic Doctor. Nevertheless, as with any surgery or aesthetic procedure, there is always a possibility of complications, including bleeding and/or infection. You can reduce your risks by closely following Dr Wilkinson’s advice both before and after your procedure.

What are the possible risks and complications associated with 3D Medical Skin Needling?

If prone to fever blisters it is possible to experience a fever blister break out after skin needling due to inflammation in the skin. It is important to inform your skin care professional if you have a history of fever blisters, as a fever blister medication needs to be started 3 days prior to the treatment to prevent HZ activation.

Rare adverse effects such as severe post-treatment erythema, sterile pustules, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, severe skin peeling, and crusting can be evident. Prolonged photosensitisation of the skin and severe erythema have been reported up to 14 days post-treatment. While the majority of people do not experience these complications, it is important to be aware of these risks and discuss them with your Skincare Specialist in advance.

What type of anaesthesia is used when performing 3D Medical Skin Needling?

Your treating specialist will disinfect the site before applying a topical anaesthetic cream to the treatment areas.

Where are 3D Medical Skin Needling treatments performed in Cape Town?

Dr. Nerina Wilkinson + Associates is a private, high-end, luxurious clinic located in the prestigious V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. Dr. Wilkinson founded the House of Aesthetic Couture and Skin Science. Your treatment will be performed at Dr. Wilkinson’s clinic.


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An excellent team who will tailor make a skin treatment plan for you. They are all extremely knowledgeable and professional and use all the latest anti aging technologies and treatments. Amazing attention to detail from the beautiful space to the follow up care kits and check in emails from the therapists. Really a five star experience.

J Anastasopoulos

I have been with Dr Nerina Wilkinson and her team since 2021 and the level of professionalism is unmatched. So are the treatments, they truly have a solution for almost every skin or aesthetic concern. Could not love them more!

A Davids

My experience at Dr Nerina Wilkinson has been nothing but significant! I feel that for the first time, I understand my skin. Thanks to the lovely Louné, that has created a specific skin plan and routine for me. I am 39 years old and struggle with Pigmentation and Skin ageing. Our goal is to make my skin look as fresh, natural and glowing as possible. I have the utmost confidence in Louné to reach my goal. I started my journey with them in January 2023 and my results after doing a Meline Peel are already proofs that I am on the best plan. I am excited and confident to reach my goal and cannot wait for my next appointment! I would definitely recommend their professional opinions.

T Strauss

This is my honest review. I was very sceptical when I made an appointment at Dr Nerina Wilkinson and Associates, I thought like every other place that has influencers going there that it wouldn’t hold up to its reputation. I was wrong! Very wrong. Dr Cindy Kerbel was incredible, she took her time to explain not only my skin but all the available options for my skin. She has such a warm and kind energy. You immediately feel cared for. Honestly you won’t regret going here. I cannot wait for my next appointment. Thank you!

J Bentel

To avoid prolixity, you know your people are undeniably unbeatable when arguments relating to your age arise in conversations (read online dating apps). Despite clinging to the ‘wrong side’ of 30, I’ve made peace with those who assume I am still at varsity. Between Marisa and Bernice (with a shout-out to Natalie (as well as the rest of the team)) my skin and jawline (and the rest) have never looked more delicious. And when the Finance and Facility Manager is also a vibe, you know you’ve found a gem of a team! In short, I’m addicted (hypothetically, of course) to the needles (in a healthy wholesome way, naturally) and am never looking back (in particular at old Facebook photos when youth was allegedly in my favour). Thanks for keeping my aesthetic *ish together.

A Wright

I am so glad that, at the age of 30, I finally decided to come here! Such a warm and professional atmosphere, and Chantel made me feel so comfortable and excited for this journey. After my in-depth skin analysis and consultation, I was very happy with the first treatment, and for what has been planned ahead. Thank you!

F Badenhorst

I’ve gone for 2 appointments so far and 1. the service is incredible, such friendly and professional staff, 2. I had my skin analysed and then also went for a skin treatment and my skin is thanking me for it. I cannot wait to go back for more treatments. Highly recommend.

N Jacobs

I recently went to Dr Nerina Wilkinson + Associates to help me with my Rosacea. Walking into their beautiful, tranquil space is transforming alone. I love that they have a signature scent, which smells amazing. Each member of the team is passionate about what they do and incredibly knowledgeable, whilst always staying informed with the latest in skincare, technology etc.

B Georgiades

During my extended stay in Cape Town, I (Black American female), visited Dr. Nerina Wilkinson + Associates to maintain my skincare regimen while abroad. I was fortunate to work with my skincare specialist to develop a tailored skincare treatment. Not only did I receive great service, but she also provided detailed insight into the current state of my skin and offered additional recommendations for overall skin health. Chantel was excellent, demonstrating both kindness and informative expertise, and the facility was beautiful. And overall, I did see improvement in my skin’s texture and evenness, but I still have a ways to go.

C Okpara

Growing up I did not pay much attention to looking after my skin properly, but after starting my journey with Dr Nerina Wilkinson + Associates it has become one of the most important steps in my daily routine and I am loving it thanks to their delightful, informed and supportive team. I have always struggled with broken capillaries and dehydration, but have never known how to go about treating it and preventing further damage in the future. I had my first IPL session last week and I am absolutely shocked by the amazing results thus far. I was very wary about leaving my home during the COVID19 pandemic, but the team at Dr Nerina Wilkinson + Associates not only made me feel incredibly safe but I was also treated like a true queen during my session. After the treatment I received a ‘lucky packet’ of aftercare products and Bernice was there at my every beck and call (as I had many questions which were answered in such a timely and gracious manner). She also recommended products that have made my face feel softer and more youthful than ever before and I can already start seeing/feeling a difference. I am so grateful to the incredible team and I look forward to a future of beautiful care and loving myself in my own skin.

K Fourie

Growing up in the US, I went to dermatologist after dermatologist, and each one said the same three things: I have acne, it’s genetic, and it could be a lot worse. When I moved to Cape Town a few years ago, I heard from a friend that I needed to go see the women at the Nerina Wilkinson skin clinic, so I made an appointment – but I didn’t expect anything different. I left their office after my first appointment with Kim and I had some real hope for my skin to improve. She changed my home care, worked out a long term plan for me, and even gave me her personal cell number so I could message her if things weren’t working. It’s been over two years now and I have never been so happy with my skin. Kim and the other women at the skin clinic form the kindest and most caring team of professionals and I can’t thank them enough. From scalp PRP treatments for thinning hair, to lasers and peels for my rosacea, I’ve tried my fair share of treatments at this office and every single one of them has been worth it – I can honestly say these women have helped me feel like the best version of myself!

A Newell

“I have spent too much money over the past 10 years in hope to sort out my pigmentation and skin texture. Visited many (un)professionals and bought the most mediocre skincare. I heard about Dr Nerina via a friend. My last hope and the best decision I made. I was introduced to the Me Line peel and their skincare…this is now my go to as my skin has never looked this good and healthy ever. Extremely professional team, Bianca was my therapist. If you are looking for skin changing results and are serious about proper skincare, you should visit them. It’s worth all the money you will spend. An investment worth it…”


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“Every day I look in the mirror, I can’t believe that this new skin in mine! I reached a point in my life where I thought that I would have to live with the consequences of the severe sun damage I have caused myself through years of surfing. Not only have you given me new skin Nerina, you have actually given me a new life.”

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