For skin needling, we use a product called Dermaroller. The Dermaroller is a cylindrical shaped drum studded with very fine needles. It is a medical device used in micro needling to break down old scar tissue and to stimulate skin cells to proliferate. This cell multiplication results in the formation of new tissue layers of elastin and collagen fibres (neo-collagenesis) as well as in new capillaries for an improved blood supply (neo-angiogenesis). The procedures are called Scar Reduction Therapy (SRT) and Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT).
It improves the thickness of the dermis as well as the epidermis. This in return improves skin texture and reduces wrinkles. It also has a positive effect on hyper-pigmentation as well as on hypo-pigmentation. Reduces disfiguring scars and acne scars, stimulates new collagen fibres, improves blood supply and harmonises pigmentation.
The skin is cleaned and afterwards numbed with an appropriate numbing cream so there is only a little discomfort if any at all. Skin is thoroughly needled in such a way, that each skin part is needled about 15 to 20 times. An even flushing is the best indication for a perfect medical performance.
The Dermaroller is safe to use on all skin types and all skin colours. There is no risk of post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation.
For Collagen Induction Therapy we recommend to start with 3 treatments, but with a minimum separation time of 4 to 8 weeks between treatments. For Scar Reduction Therapy an average of 3 to 5 treatments are recommended, with an expected improvement of 70-80%. The Dermaroller can be used on all skin parts of the body (neck, décolleté, arms, legs, etc).
There are virtually no negative side effects, and none have ever been reported in over 150,000 procedures performed worldwide.
Since the tiny pricking channels close within one hour, and provided the procedure is done under clinical conditions, post-op infections are very unlikely.
The inflammatory reaction of the skin is extremely short and fades significantly within hours from redness to pinkish that may last for 12 to 24 hours on average. In order to reduce visible redness, we recommend healing minerals, peptides or hyaluronic acid after the procedure, and to protect the skin with zinc based sun screen. We also recommend the use of mineral makeup to help with the healing.
To ensure the right healing environment, for 2-3 days do not use AHA’s (glycolic Acid), retinol, acidic or “active” ingredients. Exposure to sun should also be avoided.
An anti-inflammatory cleanser to soothe, hyaluronic acid to hydrate, copper to help heal, zinc to help heal but also to protect. Available at Zinc Clinic is a post skin needling kit.
Principally, there are none - both models (medical and home care) only differ in needle size. While the medical Dermaroller has longer needles - to induce collagen and reduce scars in deeper skin layers, the needles of the Home Care Dermaroller are very short, not more than 0.2 mm.
The Home Care Dermaroller serves the following purposes:
This is assessed on consultation with the treating doctor. A treatment is mapped out for each client and the cost can be assessed at this time. This is based on a clients unique requirements and the result that is desired. Skin needling may be combined with other treatments as a package and the overall cost will be discussed at consultation.