What is Microneedling?
Microneedling involves causing tiny injuries to the dermis of the skin using very small needles, either as a roller or as a small stamp like device. These ‘microtraumas’ stimulate a healing response in the skin, prompting new collagen formation and a smoother younger-looking skin.
What is the difference between Genuine DermarollerTM and other brands?
Genuine DermarollerTM is the gold standard medical grade microneedling device. Compared with other brands the needles are designed to penetrate to the ideal distance and with the needles optimally separated. This minimises the risk of tearing the skin. The depth of penetration with medical microneedling is greater than can be achieved with home-use devices or those used by beauty therapists, maximising results.
What areas can be treated with Dermaroller?
Dermaroller is an excellent treatment option for patients looking to improve their complexion, treat fine lines, acne scars and stretch marks. It can be used on the face, neck, décolletage, backs of the hands, arms, stomach and legs.
Can Dermaroller be combined with other treatments?
Dermaroller works well with many of the other treatments we offer at Illuminate Skin Clinics. It works especially well when combined with a platelet-rich-plasma (PRP treatment). Dermaroller and PRP have similar goals but work in very different ways – combining the two together allows the two therapies to work synergistically, and also enables the PRP to penetrate the skin all over giving maximum results.
As part of a treatment programme to address your priorities Dermaroller can be combined with all other treatments we offer, helping you to achieve your goals.
What conditions can be treated with Dermaroller?
Dermaroller is an excellent option for treating many conditions:
- Fine lines and wrinkles on the face, neck & décolletage
- Sun damaged & ageing skin
- Acne scarring
- Stretch marks
How does Dermaroller work?
Initially Dermaroller stimulates an inflammatory response in the skin, which helps the small wounds to heal quickly. The longer-term effects are caused by a proliferation in the cells responsible for producing collagen in the body. As this collagen matures and remodels the skin is tightened, enhancing the skin architecture and improving the skin’s appearance.
What does a Dermaroller treatment involve?
Initially we will have a thorough consultation talking through your concerns and taking a medical history. We will also have a close look at your skin to look at the indications you have for Dermaroller, so it is helpful if you can come without make-up on (although we can always remove it for you if required). We will also take some photographs to document your starting point before treatment.
Local anaesthetic cream will then be applied to all areas we plan to treat and allowed to work for around an hour. The treatment itself involves several passes over each area of the face with a small roller covered in fine needles. We may ask you to open or close your eyes at various points to enable us to reach different areas, or to pull your lips tight.
At the end of the treatment we will clean your face before applying a recovery cream and SPF. You will be given a tube of the recovery cream and SPF to take home with you for ongoing use.
What should I expect after my Dermaroller treatment?
For upto 48 hours after your treatment you will look a little red in the face, like you have mild sunburn. Your skin may also feel a little tight during this phase but should not feel sore. Whilst your skin is still red you should not use any of your normal skincare products, but instead use the recovery cream which can act as a cleanser and a moisturiser. You should apply the SPF we provide you with every day for 2 weeks, and if it is a particularly sunny day then take the cream out with you and reapply during the day. You can wear a light mineral make-up the day after your treatment.
After a week or so you will notice your skin may start to look more radiant than normal – this is temporary and will go back to your baseline after a week. After 4 weeks you will again notice an improvement – this is when your Type IV collagen is generated and demonstrates more lasting results.
How many Dermaroller treatments will I need?
For real benefits to be noticed you should have a course of 3 Dermaroller treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart. Patients having treatment for acne scarring should expect to need a course of 5 treatments.
Are the results of my Dermaroller treatment permanent?
The results are long-lasting but not permanent. To maintain the benefits from your treatment we recommend subsequent treatments approximately every 9-12 months.
Will Dermaroller treatment hurt?
Most people would describe Dermaroller as uncomfortable but not painful. Some areas can feel more sensitive than others, and you can also feel more sensitive due to hormonal changes and stress. We leave the local anaesthetic cream on for a good duration to make sure treatment is as comfortable as possible. If you are concerned about pain then you can take some Paracetamol an hour before your treatment.
Who should avoid Dermaroller treatment?
There are very few patients who are not suitable for Dermaroller treatment, but if you suffer from one of the following conditions it is usually best to avoid treatment:
- Patients with active acne (pustules or papules).
- Patients with current cold sores or skin infections (if you have a history of cold sores be aware that Dermaroller could cause an outbreak).
- Patients with skin cancer.
- Patients with a history of keloid scarring (lumpy unsightly scars).
- Patients taking anti-coagulant drugs such as Warfarin or Clopidogrel.
- Patients who have used oral retinoids (such as Roaccutane) in the last 12 months.
- Patients currently using topical retinoids who are not yet acclimatised to it.
Are there any risks of Dermaroller treatment?
- There is a small risk of bruising with Dermaroller treatment.
- There is also a small risk of an extended period or increased severity of redness or swelling.
- Although there is a theoretical risk of infection of the treated area this is extremely rare as the Dermaroller is sterile.
- There is a very small risk of hyper-pigmentation of the skin. This is increased if you do not follow the after-care instructions about sun exposure.
Is there anything I need to do to prepare for my Dermaroller treatment?
Ideally come to your appointment without make-up on, but otherwise there are no specific preparation instructions.
Is there anything I need to avoid after my Dermaroller treatment?
After Dermaroller treatment you must avoid sun exposure for 2 weeks, and should make sure you wear an SPF at all times (even if it does not look sunny).
Can I use a Dermaroller at home?
The device we will use in clinic is of a medical grade not suitable for home use. However we can supply you with a home-use Dermaroller that you can use alongside a good skincare regime.