July 14, 2016

What is dermaroller therapy?

Dermaroller therapy or collagen induction therapy (CIT) is a relatively new concept that helps to significantly stimulate collagen to reduce the appearance of acne scarring and wrinkles. It involves using a sterile roller (1mm to 2mm) comprised of a series of fine, sharp needles to puncture the skin, performed under topical anaesthesia, the device is “rolled” over the surface of the face to create many microscopic channels deep into the dermis of the skin, which stimulate your own body to produce new collagen. The results are appreciable and permanent. The downtime is just 1-2 days.

What conditions can be treated?

  • A reduction in acne and chicken pox scarring
  • Helps to tighten the skin and restore elasticity to ageing and sun damaged skin.
  • Reduces the appearance of stretch marks.
  • Thickens the skin to reduce lines and wrinkles
  • Reduction in the appearance of scarring
  • Helps reduce pigmentation marks
  • For treating hair loss

Which part of the body can the treatment be performed on?

The treatment can be carried out anywhere on the body, however the usual and most popular areas are the face, neck, décolleté and hands. It is also used on thighs, buttocks, hips and abdomen.

Are there any special instructions to follow after treatment?

Use tepid water to cleanse the face for the next 48 hours and pat dry using a clean towel. It is recommended make-up is not applied for 12 hours.A high factor sunblock is a must to use following treatment. Do not touch the area immediately after treatment. It is not recommend that you participate in high impact exercise after, on the day of treatment

How long does it take to see the results?

This will depend on your cell renewal process, as this slows down as we age. After a Derma Roller 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.

How many treatments will I need?

This will be dependent on a number of factors including age, area being treated, skin condition and damage. In most cases it is usually a course of either 3 or 6 treatments, generally spaced between 4 and 8 weeks apart.

Are there any side effects?

Medical needling is safe, with minimal side effects or risks with this type of treatment. The skin will red in appearance for a couple of hours following medical skin needling treatment, much like moderate sunburn, with some minor bleeding and bruising possible. The area will feel warm, dry or tight for a short while. Other side effects typically include minor flaking or dryness of the skin, with scab formation in rare cases. Milia (small white spots) may also form on the skin which can be removed. Hyperpigmentation (darkening of certain areas of the skin) can occur very rarely and usually resolves after a month. If you have a history of cold sores or acne, this could possibly flare up after treatment.

Does it hurt?

The area will be anesthetised with a topical local anaesthetic and therefore should not be painful. However the brow area and the upper lip are slightly more sensitive to treat.