Dermaroller or skin needling actively promotes collagen formation. Collagen is a structural protein found in the skin. Its fibres form a supporting mesh that is responsible for the skin’s youthful characteristics, such as strength, texture and resilience.
As we age, the skin’s ability to replace damaged collagen with fresh collagen diminishes, with more gaps and irregularities developing in the collagen mesh. The first signs of this are believed to be seen in our late 20s. Collagen molecules are too large to be delivered directly as a topical product so we need to look at ways to stimulate new collagen.
The simplest ideas are often the best:
Dermaroller skin needling is a process that uses “controlled injury” through micro-needling to stimulate the skin’s natural ability to heal. It tightens the skin and even generates a little volume. Ultimately it induces collagen stimulating growth factors to replace ageing collagen with new collagen. It also generates elastin!
As such it’s great for:
- Crepey or sun damaged skin on the face, hands and décolleté
- Scarring – skin needling breaks up scar tissue, particularly light scarring such as acne, and encourages new skin growth in the area.
- Aging skin that needs “waking-up” and refreshing
- Stretch marks
Surely there’s a risk of scarring?
You’d think so, but fortunately not. With skin needling, each needle is finely engineered to create a trauma-free hole in the dermis that stimulates fibroblast activity. It releases growth factors and kick-starts the collagen, without damaging the epidermis (top layer of skin).
But that’s gotta hurt, right?
Admittedly skin needling is not a treatment you’d choose for relaxation, but comfort levels are at an optimum to make it entirely tolerable with use of an anaesthetic numbing cream.
Will I look like an extra from 28 Days Later?
Absolutely not! We cleanse, soothe and protect your skin with our serums and creams. You may look like you’ve had a tough session at the gym or been moderately sunburned. Skin may also feel warm, tight and itchy, which should normally resolve in 12 – 48 hours. You may experience a minor flaky sensation for a few days following treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
Whilst single treatments are available, the best results are usually seen with a course of three treatments. Ideally treatments should be spaced six weeks apart. The reason for the intervals is to allow for the skin’s recovery, – exfoliation, cell turnover and maturation. You can go up to eight weeks between treatments and five would be the minimum before another treatment.
It’s also important to remember that skin remodelling does not occur overnight but is a process that takes place over 12 months +.
What do I need to do post treatment?
You simply need to be kind to and protect your skin. This includes daily use of a good sun-block during the course of treatment. You must avoid direct sunlight for two weeks following treatment. Finally, steer clear of exfoliation products for at least one week. Everybody recovers differently but essentially you need to be kind, gentle and protective to/of your skin throughout the course.
Who can’t have skin needling?
Whilst this is a particularly un-complicated treatment there are few people who aren’t suitable:
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding
- Those prone to keloid scarring (overgrowth of tissue when healing)
- Uncontrolled diabetes (as wound healing is compromised)
- Any area with warts, skin cancers or infection
- If you are taking blood-thinning therapies, or high does corticosteroids or oral retinoids.