Dermaroller™ Skin Needling
What is Dermaroller™ Skin Needling?
The large population of baby boomers is obsessed with outer appearances and is demanding less invasive procedures to achieve their goals. Not a week passes without some cosmetic medical breakthrough happening. Dermaroller™ Skin Needling is one of these novel technologies which results in an almost side effect free concept for facial and non facial skin rejuvenation. Skin needling has also been referred to as Dermaroller ™, Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) ™ and Needle-dermabrasion
The results of Dermaroller ™ Skin Needling are similar to those obtained with other ablative technologies. The advantage that Dermaroller ™ Skin Needling has over these technologies is that the epidermis is not destroyed during the procedure which happens with ablative techniques such as Carbon Dioxide and Erbium Lasers, Dermabrasion and deep Chemical Peels.
How does Dermaroller™ Skin needling work?
Dermaroller ™ Skin Needling is a medical procedure using a cosmetic Dermaroller which is performed by medical personnel. The cosmetic Dermaroller, a hand held instrument studded with needles ranging from 0.5 to 1.5 mm in length, is gently rolled multiple times, back-and-forth in a star-like fashion over the whole area to be treated.. The 30 minute procedure produces thousands of tiny wounds which can penetrate as deeply as the dermis and start up the inflammation phase. The minute wounds caused by the needling trigger growth-factors that form new tissue layers and natural collagen with hardly any downtime at all.
These minute injuries cause micro-bleeding, not visible on the skin and each tiny wound goes through the classic phases of wound healing which induce growth factors. These growth factors are responsible for the production of new collagen which is deposited in the dermis.
When should one start Dermaroller™ Skin Needling?
Human skin is a living organ which performs dynamic activities such as growth, repair and maintenance. Our skin requires cytokines and growth factors as key modulators of skin cell metabolism and their levels decreases with the aging process which results in slow cell renewal and defective skin defence systems. If endogenous cytokines and growth factors are stimulated in the aged skin by Dermaroller ™ Skin Needling, they improve skin elasticity and plasticity via accelerated rejuvenating process.
The good news is that the latest treatments such as Dermaroller ™ Skin Needling are more effective than ever and treatments should be started sooner when the skin has a much greater ability to rejuvenate. If wrinkles are left and they become ingrained and scar like they are much more difficult. Loss of collagen in the face causes the dreaded sagging.
What are the typical areas that are treated?
Dermaroller ™ Skin Needling is a novel way to treat: wrinkles on the neck and décolleté. Other areas of the body where there is loose/lax skin such as the abdomen, inner thighs and inner arms, post pregnancy tummy, , Dermaroller can also can also be used to improve collagen and a skin laxity. All forms of acne scars, most surgical scars including facelift scars, abdominal scars, breast plastic operation, post liposuction scars, orthopedic scars, stretch marks and burn contracture scars can safely be treated. In addition stretch marks on the breasts and body and loose body skin are also safely treated.
The only type of scars that the Dermaroller ™ Skin Needling would not have a positive result is keloidal scar tissue. Dermaroller ™ Skin Needling cannot be on any active inflammatory condition including active acne. These cases are better suited to treatments with Carboxytherapy.
What To Expect After Dermaroller™ Skin Needling procedure?
These minute injuries cause micro-bleeding, not visible on the skin the needle only penetrates through the epidermis and does not remove it thus the skin natural protective barrier remains intact. The pierced epidermis rapidly heals in a matter of hours. After the procedure, the treated skin has the appearance of moderate sunburn which improves over the next 24 to 48 hours. Make up can be worn the following day.
The results are not instantaneous as it takes at least 100 days for collagen to be manufactured by the body once the treatment has been performed. Treatment effects are cumulative and an improvement of stretch marks will usually be seen within 6-8 weeks of each treatment. Over a period of 6-12 months, this new collagen slowly shortens and an added benefit is progressive tightening of the skin over the next few months. .
What are the advantages Dermaroller™ Skin Needling over other resurfacing procedures?
Dermaroller ™ Skin Needling has minimal downtime, has negligible complications and is affordable by most people making it the perfect alternative for slowing the ageing process. Traditional lasers such as CO2 and Erbium need some form of anesthesia pre treatment and destroy the important skin protecting epidermis resulting in prolonged downtime. These ablative lasers cannot be used on the body
These The advantage of Dermaroller ™ Skin Needling is that the epidermis, the natural skin barrier remains intact resulting in no downtime, no post procedural sun sensitivity, significantly reduced risk of infections, no post operative pain, and no pigment problems as the melanocytes remain intact. Depending on the grade of photo damage and condition of the skin, usually two to four treatments 4 to 8 weeks apart are required to produce good results. Dermaroller ™ Skin Needling offers similar results for acne scars and deeper wrinkles as the fractionated laser treatment Fraxel. The benefits of Dermaroller ™ over Fraxel are that the fewer treatments are needed at a lesser cost to the patient.
Can this be combined with other procedures?
Dermaroller ™ Skin Needling can be combined at a later stage with other non invasive procedures such as Laser Genesis , Botox, Fillers, superficial peels ,Pearl™ , IPL, transdermal mesotherapy and other non ablative laser procedures such as 3 D Skin Rejuvenation™ These other procedures usually address different problems of ageing such as dull complexion, pigmentation, sagging of jowls, forehead and flabby necks. Combined procedures usually give superior results.
Is Dermaroller™ Skin Needling safe?
One hour before the treatment a local numbing agent is applied to the area making the procedure with the cosmetic Dermaroller almost painless. The needle only penetrates through the epidermis and does not remove it thus the skin natural protective barrier remains intact. The pierced epidermis rapidly heals in a matter of hours. After the procedure, the treated skin has the appearance of moderate sunburn which improves over the next 24 to 48 hours. Make up can be worn the following day.
Can all skin types be treated?
Dermaroller ™ Skin Needling can be safely performed on all skin colours and types.
Body Renewal Tip:
For acne scars and deeper wrinkles, at Body Renewal we are great results with a combination treatment of Dermaroller ™ Skin Needling and our new Laser Genesis setting. 6 to 8 treatments alternating between the two are needed for optimal results.