Dermal Roller (also known as Micro-needle
Does it hurt?
This is the most common question we get. Everyones pain tolerence is different. Most clients descibe it as more of a scratch (think sand paper) rather than what they would expect needles to feel like. If you have an extremly low pain tolerence, we would recommend starting with a 0.2mm dermal roller at home.
How do Dermal Rollers Work?
Although there are no outward signs of damage, one single micro needle causes a tiny wound in the skin. You cannot see it or feel it as the damage is on a minute scale. Despite the minuscule nature of the wound, the body still acts to heal itself in its own natural way.
The post traumatic response of the skin is to produce collagen and elastin – two of the key building blocks of skin. As there has been no removal or “real” damage to existing collagen, the new formations of it simply add to existing levels.
Imagine now that on a typical roller, there are 192 needles. If when using the Dermal Roller the skin is rolled six times (back and forth in three directions), this is over a thousand needle entries, all of which will act to stimulate new collagen fibres. It is not difficult to see that over time, this will act to massively increase the thickness, suppleness and general condition of the skin in these areas.
Are there other benefits to Dermal Rollers?
In addition to stimulating collagen growth, micro needling also create channels through which any substance applied to the skins surface (know as topical application) can be absorbed far more easily. It is, after all, the skins job to keep things out and piercing this shield works well in breaking down that barrier for a limited time.
What this means is any topical application used actually reaches the areas it is intended for. Studies suggest that using a dermaroller in this way can boost the effectiveness of topical treatment by several hundred percent. We recommend either Dermatech 5% Glycolic cream, or Dermatech 15% Vitamin C serum for anti-ageing and acne scaring, or Sothys Hydravance for exteme hydration.
How do I use the Roller?
This can be as simple or as complicated process as you wish to make. it Some users are very specific about the frequency and methodology as well as the after care products they use. Some, take a far more relaxed approach, fitting it in with the daily/weekly personal grooming regime. Our only specific recommendation is to ensure you apply a treatment cream or serum after rolling, to ensure maximum results. We can provide you with a guide to how to use the roller when you book in for a free client consultation.
What are Dermal Rollers used for?
Briefly, these comprise of:
Acne Scar Reduction
Stretch Mark Reduction