Dermaroller™ Skin Needling
Medical Skin Needling, also referred to as Collagen Induction Therapy and Dermaroller, is a recognised and tested skin treatment aimed at stimulating collagen production to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, stretch marks, skin laxity and scarring. Scarring that is commonly produced by acne or chicken pox responds well to medical skin needling and the technique is used by consultant dermatologists in their clinics worldwide.
Collagen stimulation is achieved by introducing a series of fine, tiny needles into the skin following administration of a topical local anaesthetic to reduce discomfort. The needles are attached to a sterile roller which is used only once and moved over the surface of the skin to create microscopic pin-pricks. These pinpricks create columns of penetration within the papillary dermal layer of the skin where collagen and elastin fibres are located. These minute punctures close over almost immediately as the skin heals. The "damage" to the dermis encourages the body to produce new collagen and elastin which generate new skin cells; the skin becomes thicker, plumper and more youthful.
Although primarily used on the face, this procedure can be carried out anywhere on the body, including troublesome acne areas such as the back, stretch marks on the thighs and abdomen, and on all skin types.
Skin Needling with Titanium Dermaroller
is a safe, painless and virtually risk-free treatment for dramatic improvement of skin texture and appearance. It stimulates the skin to naturally regenerate and repair itself and to restore its youthful appearance.
Eliza was one of the first therapists in the UK to be trained in Dermaroller™ therapy. Since 2006 she has constantly used the treatment to improve her clients’ skin appearance and texture. Eliza uses single-use sterile Titanium Dermaroller (Medical model 1.5-2 mm).
A safe, simple and virtually pain-free treatment for:
- Wrinkles and lines
- Sun damage
- Lack of skin firmness and elasticity
- Bags under the eye
- Acne and chicken pox scars
- Stretch marks
- Enlarged pores
What is Medical Skin Needling?
Skin Needling is the latest skin renewal technique to restore the healthy youthful appearance of your skin at a fraction of the cost and with minimal or zero downtime.
Skin Needling produces similar results to Dermabrasion, Lasers and Deep Chemical Peels, but is much less invasive and does not require the removal of the epidermis. As a result the healing time is significantly shorter and there is no post-treatment skin sensitivity to UV light.
Skin Needling is also one of the few skin therapies that are suitable for treating all skin types, including ethnic skin, and which can be used to treat the fragile skin around the eyes, mouth and on the neck.
How does skin needling work?
The concept of Skin Needling (also known as Collagen Induction Therapy) is based on the skin’s natural ability to repair itself whenever it encounters physical damage such as cuts, burns and other abrasions. Immediately after an injury occurs to the skin our body reuses the damaged collagen and elastin fibres as well as other damaged skin components to produce new ones. Skin Needling allows for controlled induction of the skin's self repair mechanism by creating "micro-injuries" in the skin which trigger new collagen synthesis, yet does not pose the risk of permanent scarring.
The result is smoother, firmer and younger looking skin.
How is the skin needling treatment administered?
Skin needling procedures are performed in a very safe and accurate manner with the use of sterile single-use Medik8 Titanium Dermaroller. The procedure is normally completed within 30-45 minutes.
Before the procedure commences a topical anaesthetic will be applied to your skin to ensure your comfort and pain-less experience. After the skin is numbed, the practitioner will gently roll the Titanium Dermaroller over your skin to puncture the outermost layers of the skin and create minuscule sub-cutaneous injuries. These microscopic wounds stimulate new collagen deposition which may last for up to a year, yet they close within less than an hour.
How will I look immediately after the skin needling treatment?
After the skin needling procedure your skin will be red and flushed in appearance in a similar way as moderate sunburn. You will also experience skin tightness and mild sensitivity to touch. This will diminish greatly after a few hours following treatments and within the next 48 hours your skin will be completely healed. After 5 days there is barely any evidence that the procedure has taken place.
The length of the downtime and recovery time depends on the microneedle size used for your treatment. You will be informed about your predicted post-treatment appearance during the consultation.
How quickly will I see results?
Visible signs of skin rejuvenation are seen after just 6 to 8 weeks following procedure and continue for up to a year.
A course of three Medik8 Skin Needling sessions, at 6-8 week intervals, is usually recommended to achieve optimum results; however you will notice great skin improvement after just one treatment.
How should I care for my skin after a treatment?
You can enhance your procedure results with the Personal Titanium Deramaroller model, which can be used on a daily basis in between your Medik8 Skin Needling sessions and afterwards.
Additionally, topical application of Medik8 C-Tetra* (vitamin C) and Retinol 3TR™ (vitamin A) will lead to a dramatic acceleration of regenerative processes and consolidation of procedure results.
Eliza uses Dermaroller™ for :
- To restore firmness and tightness to flaccid skin. A less invasive alternative to small face-lift and eye-lifting procedures (great results in the skin above the eyes can be achieved due to natural elevation of eyebrows as a result of healing)
- To thicken the epidermis and enhance dermal compactness. It is great alternative to ablative resurfacing treatments in patients with thin skin. A virtually painless and cost-effective treatment alternative to non-ablative laser therapy (i.e. Fraxel)
- To smooth wrinkles, lines and folds. It is suitable alternative for injections with collagen, hyaluronic acid and other types of dermal fillers due to natural synthesis of collagen, elastin and other components of intracellular matrix
- To improve skin texture and the appearance of large pores. Pore size reduction occurs due to increasing collagen production around the pore (which helps to squeeze the pore tighter) and due to increasing elastin production (which allows stretched pores to revert back to their original size)
Eliza recommends a course of 3 Dermaroller™ treatments combined with the powerful corrective CosMedix skincare which she uses in her clinic. The treatments are usually spread 4-6 weeks apart.
- To improve scars caused by chicken pox
- To help relax old scars
- To diminish the appearance of old surgical scars. The results of the skin needling with the Dermaroller are superior to dermabrasion, to most skin peels and in some cases to laser resurfacing.
To reduce the appearance of indented acne scars
With indented acne scars a course of at least 5 treatments will be recommended. The treatments are spread 4-6 weeks apart.
- To lighten pigmentation marks
- To improve the appearance of stretch marks from pregnancy or weight loss.
How does it work?
Dermaroller™ is a medical device which creates a multitude of tiny puncture wounds to the dermis which as a result induces the release of growth factors to stimulate dramatically the production of new collagen and elastin and regenerate new skin cells. Creating dermal damage without removal of the healthy epidermis, as with other resurfacing techniques, means the healing time is rapid and does not cause any comparable pain. The process of skin repair and enhancement is gradual but long lasting. 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.
In contrast to many other skin renewal treatments, such as chemical peel and dermabrasion or laser resurfacing; treatment with the Dermaroller™ does not destroy the upper layers of the skin to induce collagen growth. Instead, the Dermaroller™ induces collagen synthesis by creating micro-punctures in the epidermis without compromising its integrity, without a prolonged down time and without a high risk of complications. Finally, Dermaroller is also the most cost-effective way of effective skin regeneration when compared to other therapies.
Dermaroller™ is also one of the few skin therapies that is suitable for treating all skin types, including ethnic skin, and which can be used to treat the fragile skin around the eyes, mouth and on the neck.
How is the treatment administered?
The Procedure is performed in a very safe and precise manner with the use of single-use sterile Titanium Dermaroller (Medical model 1.5-3 mm).
Before the procedure commences a topical anaesthetic or local block should be applied to the skin for approximately 45 min to ensure your comfort and a pain-less experience. After the skin is numbed, the practitioner gently rolls the Titanium Dermaroller over the client's skin to puncture the outermost layers of the skin and create minuscule sub-cutaneous injuries. These microscopic wounds stimulate new collagen deposition which may last for up to a year, yet they close within less than an hour.The procedure is normally completed within 45 minutes.
What is the skin appearance after the treatment?
After the procedure the skin will be red and flushed in appearance in a similar way as moderate to strong sunburn. You will also experience skin tightness and mild sensitivity to touch. This will diminish greatly after a few hours following treatments and within the next 24 hours the skin will be completely healed. After 3 days there is barely any evidence that the procedure has taken place.
Immediately after the procedure…
- If a topical layer of post treatment serum was applied after the Dermaroller™ procedure, it must be kept overnight and washed off the next morning. A dermal repair cream will be applied to help the skin calm down. There is no post-treatment sensitivity to UV light.
After the skin has healed…
- Make-up may be used when the skin is completely healed.
A normal skincare regimen can be resumed once the skin has completely healed.
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023 8033 2552 / 07786 233053
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