What is Dermaroller therapy?
The Genuine Dermaroller medical device is a treatment that has been proven to be effective in the treatment of the following problems:
• Acne scars
• Aged and sun-damaged skin
• Facial and décolleté lines and wrinkles
• Stretch marks
• Pale and atrophic scars
The Genuine Dermaroller is a single-use medical device available only from medically trained practitioners. This treatment employs advanced medical micro-needling, a procedure which stimulates the skin to regenerate and repair itself naturally, thereby creating smoother, tighter, healthier and clear younger-looking skin.
Your practitioner will use a Genuine Dermaroller medical device to produce thousands of micro-medical needle-columns in the skin. Each column will penetrate into the dermis of the skin and will be approximately 0.1mm in width. The column will close rapidly enabling the skin to recover quickly - often in the same day. Your practitioner will use a topical anaesthetic to numb the skin making the procedure comfortable; it will normally take up to 30 minutes for the topical anaesthetic to work and 20 - 30 minutes for the Dermaroller Therapy procedure.
After a Dermaroller Therapy procedure your body will start to naturally regenerate and repair the skin, working below the surface in the dermis. This takes time as new collagen is formed, new skin cells are generated and blood supply is enhanced. It can take up to 6 weeks before visible signs of regeneration and repair are seen and the process will continue over the following months, providing you with a natural and long lasting enhancement.
Your practitioner will normally recommend that your Dermaroller Therapy consists of a series of three Dermaroller procedures with approximately 6 weeks between them.
In the treatment of acne scars and other types of scarring it may be necessary for your practitioner to extend your Dermaroller Therapy, carrying out up to five procedures.
Following the treatment, a soothing cream is applied and should continue to be applied at home for the next couple of days. For the first 24 hours post-procedure, the affected area will look red and may be slightly swollen (very similar to the appearance of mild sunburn). This is the normal expected result and is not painful.
This treatment is contra-indicated in the presence of active acne and if there is a tendency to form hypertrophic or keloid scars.
The benefits of Dermaroller treatment
Skin Needling is a safe and precise procedure. The Genuine Dermaroller Therapy works by puncturing the outermost layers of your skin to create tiny pin prick injuries. These microscopic wounds will stimulate new collagen deposition.
Although the wounds close within an hour, visible signs of skin rejuvenation are seen after just six to eight weeks following the procedure and can continue for up to a year after the treatment.
By having a number of consecutive Genuine Dermaroller Therapy sessions, new collagen and elastin are produced progressively until indented scars and deep lines are filled. Skin Needling does not require the removal of healthy epidermis, which means that it offers a rapid healing time and is relatively painless. The procedure produces collagen layers on a scale similar to laser therapies.
Skin biopsy images showing new collagen formation after Dermaroller treatment
Before After 2nd Dermaroller procedure
Before After 1 Dermaroller procedure
Dermaroller treatment FAQs
What does the procedure consist of?
Numbing cream is applied to the area to be treated and left on for about 30 minutes. This renders the procedure a painless one. The dermaroller treatment itself consists of rolling a little wheel of tiny needles all over the surface of the skin in many directions after a thorough cleansing. This causes little pinpricks with some mild bleeding. The procedure typically lasts 20 to 30 minutes. The area is then cleaned and a soothing cream is applied.
What will I look like immediately after the treatment?
The treatment leaves the skin looking red and possibly mildly swollen too - often resembling mild sunburn. This redness and swelling will subside within 24-48 hours, and some mild peeling may occur too.
What is the after-care procedure?
You will be given a cream to apply twice a day. We strongly advise you to avoid exposure to the sun or sun beds for at least two weeks, and to use sun protection of at least factor 30.
How often should the procedure be repeated?
The procedure should be repeated approximately every 6 weeks, at least three times. However most patients like the results so much that they continue to use the treatment regularly.
How soon will I start to see results?
Typically, optimal results are seen after the third procedure. However, most patients do notice an improvement in the appearance of their skin, scars or stretch marks after the first use of the dermaroller.
Will my skin return back to its original state if I stop using the dermroller?
The skin is a very dynamic organ and if treatments are stopped, it will eventually return to its original state. However, there will be no rebound effect. This applies to any skin treatment.
What are the contra-indication to using the dermaroller?
Pregnancy and breast-feeding, known bleeding disorders or medication which thins the blood, history of keloid scarring, infection or active acne in the area to be treated.
Can I combine the use of the dermroller with other treatments for skin rejuvenation?
Yes, most certainly. Through a thorough consultation, we can offer you a combination of treatments which complement each other, thereby giving you the gold standard in care for your skin with the best results. An example of such a combination would be the use of the Obagi products together with the dermaroller.