Mr Omar Tillo
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
The Dermaroller uses very small needles to stimulate the skin. This involves using very small needles to inject vitamins into the upper layers of the skin. When naturally stimulated by extremely fine needle-pricks, skin develops more collagen. Collagen is the basic building-block of skin and youthful skin is characterised by abundant collagen growth. Therefore, naturally stimulating collagen production using the Dermaroller results in a younger, fresher, healthier and more vibrant appearance. The Dermaroller contains microsurgical precision needles mounted around a rolling device. The tiny needles on the device rotate and penetrate the skin to a depth of approximately 1.5mm.
Dermarollers is a suitable option for those who have:
Those who do not want to undergo a surgical procedure may also find dermarollers to be a suitable option.
Treatment courses normally comprise of three individual treatments. These are normally performed six weeks apart. In the procedure, your face will be numbed with a cream similar to that used on the back of children’s hands before they have operations. Your practitioner will then treat the area with a gentle Dermaroller. Most people find the treatment mildly uncomfortable, but not unbearable.
At the end of the procedure, your skin will be slightly red and is likely to remain so for the rest of the day. It is important to avoid excess sun exposure during this period. By the next day, your skin should return to normal and you will be able to work and perform most social activities.
Because the treatment is entirely natural, side-effects are extremely unusual. Immediately after treatment, you may experience facial redness (similar to a mild sunburn) but this will normally settle by the next day.
Following the dermaroller treatment, you will see a gradual increase in collagen over the next six weeks. In the following few months, you will notice a gradual and lasting improvement in your skin quality. Most people opt for three treatments, but you can have further treatments as and when you choose to.
The dermaroller, which has around 200 needles, is rolled back and forth over the skin, allowing thousands of small pricks to be created. This stimulates the production of new skin cells, with new layers of tissue being formed from collagen and elastin. The new, healthy collagen will eventually move to the skin’s surface layer, giving your skin a smoother texture and look. As a result of this method, the dermaroller is also effective in treating scars. The dermaroller also provides extra channels in the skin, which makes skin care products more effective.
After the dermaroller procedure, the collagen will eventually thicken the skin, which will not only improve the skin’s texture but also increase firmness and suppleness. Scars and wrinkles will be depressed and filled in, or if the scar is raised it will be smoothed out. Pores will appear smaller, and hyperpigmentation will fade.
The level of pain and discomfort experienced will vary depending on the length of the needles on the dermaroller, and where on the body you have had the procedure. The skin on your face will be a lot more sensitive than skin in more fleshy areas such as your thighs. Patients can expect to feel some minor discomfort, although pain will not be unbearable. If necessary, your skin can be numbed with cream or ice before the procedure.
Signs of skin improvement will be visible after a few weeks, however, significant results can take several months to appear. Skin improvement will continue for up to 12 months after the dermaroller procedure.