Micro Needle Therapy
A derma roller is a hand-held device that contains tiny, wafer-like needles that penetrate the top layer of skin. This treatment process, commonly referred to as micro-needling or skin needling, can be used to treat various conditions, mostly related to scarring or aging.
The micro-needles puncture the skin, which in turn stimulates new collagen and elastin to form. It can be used on the face, neck, chest, hands, and on stretch marks anywhere on the body. We are seeing especially good results with lines under the eyes. A variation of the technique is to use a Derma Pen – essentially performing the same process for smaller areas like under and around eyes. We offer both Derma Pen and Derma Roller treatments and your therapist will choose the best option.
The procedure can either be performed as an adjunct to applicable surgical procedures or independently in cases where the skin integrity has been compromised as a consequence of a number of factors including:
- Chronic illness
- Massive weight gain followed by loss
- Generalized poor skin elasticity
- Peri-oral wrinkles
- Child rearing
- Stretch marks
- Facial & generalized scars
- Acne scars
The objective is to re balance the elasticity of skin.
- Consultation: Your experienced therapist or the plastic surgeon will recommend a proprietary skin care regime to prepare the skin before the procedure.
- Anesthesia: A topical anesthesia will be applied.
- The derma roller is applied in a rolling motion over the areas to be treated. The entire procedure generally lasts from ten minutes to just under an hour, depending on the size of the treatment area.
Are there risks or side effects with derma roller therapy?
There are no risks associated with derma roller therapy, although some temporary reddening of the skin may occur. There will be some bleeding. The roller does not cause any permanent damage to the skin, and can be performed on people of all skin types. You should avoid this treatment method if you suffer from any of the following conditions:
- Protruding warts or moles
- Any infections
- Blood clotting conditions
- If your skin is know to form Keloids after injury or scars
- If you are currently taking skin thinning medication such as steroids
How long do the results last?
Patients may recognize improvements in their skin within a week of beginning treatments, although it varies depending on the type of condition being addressed. It may take months to see significant results.