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What are Dermarollers and microneedling?
Dermaroller® is a device for performing microneedling techniques. Microneedling typically uses a roller carpeted with many extremely fine, very short needles. The needles do not go deep into your skin as they are only 0.5-1.5 mm in length. The Dermaroller punctures the top layers of your skin - the epidermis and superficial dermis. This results in micro-wounds that can lead to various degrees of change in skin composition and structure.
What do Dermarollers treat?
Microneedling and Dermarollers are used in a variety of skin conditions. Common indications that has evidence of benefit include:
- acne scarring
- stretch marks
- skin rejuvenation
- reducing wrinkles
There are other possible uses of microneedling, but evidence is less convincing for these.
How does it work and is it dangerous?
On passing the Dermaroller over your skin, it creates the minuscule punctures into the superficial layers. There is evidence that these micro-wounds induce the release of growth factors, thickens the top skin layer, triggering collagen and elastin formation in the dermis.
In a review article of microneedling, it has been shown to be overall effective and a safe therapeutic option for numerous skin applications, including acne scarring, stretch marks, skin rejuvenation and reducing wrinkles.
As in all treatments, big or small, there are risks associated with each. For microneedling and Dermarollers, adverse events are rare. Due to the punctures being very tiny, it has been shown that the epidermis top layer of skin is actually intact just 24 hours after the treatment. This means there is minimal damage to other skin cells, limited downtime after the procedure and minimal risk of altered pigment. More significant or long-lasting side-effects are extremely rare.
What happens on the day of my Dermaroller treatment?
On the day of your free consultation, you will meet with one of our surgeons who will go through relevant options for your skin type. We will analyse your features and discuss which treatments would most benefit you - this can be Dermaroller/microneedling with or without injectables at a later stage. We will also go over the risks of all procedures we present. Microneedling requires a local anaesthetic cream to be put on your face 30 minutes before the procedure.
There is no obligation to undergo treatment from your free consultation and, as a principle in our clinic, we will always provide realistic expectations. After the treatment, which will take no longer than 20-30 minutes, you will have redness and sensitivity of the skin but you can carry on with your day otherwise. However, care should be taken to avoid the sun whilst there are still red marks. No make-up products should be used for at least 5 days after Microneedling. You also should not undertake any other treatments or have facials within a week of the treatment.
What happens after my Dermaroller treatment?
After all treatments with Lumaesthetic Clinics, you will receive an aftercare leaflet, detailing what to expect, things to look out for and how to contact us. We suggest that you do not have large events (e.g. weddings) planned within three weeks of having microneedling/Dermaroller.
Generally, we recommend a course of sessions to have optimal outcomes. For an initial course, 3-6 sessions (with each a month apart) is a good starter programme. Subsequently, once your skin has improved and stable on a regimen that we can help formulate, then 3-6 monthly treatments are an effective way to maintain the rejuvenated look.
If there are any queries at all after the procedure, we are readily contactable via phone. A follow-up can be arranged if clinically indicated.