Since the late 1990s, Dermaroller® treatments have gained widespread popularity in both Asia and Europe because of its high-efficacy in reducing fine lines, facial scars, and even stretch marks. The Dermaroller® procedure offers minimal downtime as it is significantly less invasive than other ablative procedures that treat the same conditions. It has only recently gained more attention in the United States with its registration with the FDA as a Class I medical device. Read on to discover how the original Dermaroller® can create smoother, healthier, and younger looking skin for you!
What is the Dermaroller® treatment and how does it work?
Aging skin is almost always accompanied by the formation of fine lines around the eyes and lips. As we grow older, the elastin in our skin degrades and this contributes to the hardening of our collagen fibers, which makes our skin appear thinner and tougher. Scarring from acne, skin discoloration, and other sources of trauma can also add up over time. Dermaroller® therapy is an advanced microneedling procedure that stimulates the skin into regenerating and repairing itself naturally. It utilizes a technique called Collagen-Induction-Therapy (CIT) where the intrusion of microneedles on the skin are sensed by nerve receptors as an injury stimulus. This stimulus releases growth signals to undifferentiated cells, creating fibroblasts that turn into collagen and elastin fibers. These new cells integrate into the existing collagen, thickening the skin and filling sites of former atrophic scars. Because the microneedles are introduced to an area multiple times, the aggregate stimulus actually forms a new collagen layer, a process called neo-collagenesis.
What can Dermaroller® treat?
Dermaroller® is designed to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, pore size, skin discolorations, stretch marks, sagging skin, and most types of scars (especially from acne).
What does the Dermaroller® procedure entail?
The procedure takes place in our office where patients will be numbed with a topical anesthetic for 45 minutes, prior to treatment. After numbing has taken effect, our medical professional will apply a brand-new, single-use official Dermaroller® over the area multiple times to sufficiently stimulate the skin. This process will last for about an hour. Patients report experiencing very minimal discomfort, if any at all, with the anesthetic.
There is no downtime associated with this procedure, as most individuals go about their business immediately following their treatment. It is worth mentioning though that the day following the procedure, the treated area may be mildly red and will feel as if you have a sunburn. This should subside within 24 hours. It is recommended that patients stay out of direct sunlight as much as possible, and apply both sunscreen and moisturizer for at least a week. Stay away from glycolic acids or exfoliants found in many cleansers, as they will dry up the skin. More specific instructions and other details will be reviewed with you during the consultation with our medical staff.
Dermaroller® side effects?
With over 700,000 Dermaroller® procedures having been performed successfully worldwide, there have never been any reports of side effects.
What results can I expect from Dermaroller® treatments?
Efficacy of the Dermaroller® treatment is highly dependent on the individual’s physiological response to regeneration, as well as the severity of their symptoms. Therefore, it is difficult to say how much a treatment will work for someone with precise accuracy. However, statistically patients have reported an improvement of 75-90% for a treated area over the course of the entire treatment. Depending on the patient, it is recommended that at least two to three procedures be performed to sufficiently resurface the skin, separated apart by about 8 weeks. Many individuals will observe their skin becoming significantly more radiant and smooth just a week after their first treatment, though it may take up to 8 weeks to realize full collagen production from each treatment.
Who are good candidates for Dermaroller®?
Candidates for Dermaroller® therapy include individuals with moderate to excessive wrinkling of the face, stretch marks, skin discolorations of the face, and/or most types of facial scarring. Because of its non-ablative nature, Dermaroller® can be used for all skin types (including dark skin) because it utilizes the body’s own natural healing process and leaves the outer skin layer intact. Since no lasers or chemicals are involved, patients who are seeking to correct their concerns WITHOUT any downtime choose Dermaroller®. Those individuals with more pronounced scarring and/or discoloration may be better candidates for CO2 fractional laser resurfacing.
Because of its success, many imitators have sought to reproduce the original Dermaroller® in their own image, claiming they are “FDA approved”, which they are not. These knockoffs do not hold themselves to the high standard of the original Dermaroller® device and simply do not deliver the results that can only be attained with an actual medical, professional application. These treatments should only be performed by an authorized medical professional. Without the proper knowledge of skin anatomy, sterility, and product use, Dermaroller® treatments can actually damage the skin severely.