Skin Needling (Dermaroller)
Medical Skin Needling helps to produce collagen by reducing wrinkles and improving skin texture. It can also help with stretch marks, scarring, acne, surgical and hyper pigmentation. Some studies have shown that skin needling is as effective as laser resurfacing, dermabrasion and chemical peel.
Skin needling is a procedure that involves puncturing the skin multiple times with small needles attached to a cylindrical roller to induce collagen growth and improve;
- Acne scars
- Traumatic/surgical scars
- Skin tightness
- Skin texture
Facts about Skin Needling
- Skin needling is used for acne scarring, surgical scars, wrinkles, skin tightness/texture
- Anaesthetic is used prior to the procedure. The procedure may also be done with or without intravenous sedation.
- The skin roller is then passed over the treatment area multiple times
- Skin needling can be used to improve the above skin conditions with less risk of skin pigment changes, especially with olive/darker skin types that commonly occur with laser treatment
- The recovery time is usually 7-10 days
- Usually 2-5 sessions are required for the optimal results
- Home skin needling kits are not as effective as clinical treatments
How it works
The needles cause thousands of micro-injuries to the skin when rolled over the skin. This induces the skin to begin a process of wound healing that is followed by the production of new collagen. The production of new collagen continues for up to 12 months after the procedure. Depressed acne scars, wrinkles, skin texture and tightness are all improved as a result.
How is skin needling performed?
Our treatments begin by the application of local anaesthetic cream to the treated area for one hour. Local anaesthetic injections are then administered to numb the treated areas. After these local anaesthetic injections are given, there is no sensation from the actual skin needling.
The skin roller is rolled over the skin multiple times to induce thousands of microscopic injuries to the skin. This is the longest part of the procedure, and takes up to 2 hours for a full face.
After skin needling, it is possible to add topical retinoids other medical grade skin care to the skin to further enhance the effects of skin needling and collagen production. A dressing is then applied to the skin, as there can be some weeping of the skin post skin needling. This is removed after 24 hours.
What are the side effects of treatment?
Generally, you will experience some redness of the skin for up to one week after the procedure and time off work may be needed at this time. There is also a large amount of swelling that can persist for a few days. For about 24 hours post skin needling, there may be some weeping/oozing of the skin. A dressing is applied for 24 hours to help with this. If you are prone to cold sores, the healing area may become infected if you have a cold sore breakout during this period. Bacterial infection is also possible but very unlikely. As the skin is not removed, scarring is extremely rare. Some people develop milia (small white dots) on the skin as it heals. These can be removed easily. Also temporary acne-breakouts may occur after treatment.
What areas can be treated?
The face, hands, neck, back and chest can be treated with skin needling, but most commonly the face is treated only.
Am I a suitable candidate for skin needling?
Skin needling is particularly suited to those with acne scarring, fine lines, and for people looking to improve skin texture and tightness. It can be used on all skin types from light to dark skins. As opposed to lasers treatment of skin, there is less chance of pigmentation problems after treatment. It is not suitable for people who have open cuts, wounds, sun-burnt skin, and those who are pregnant or lactating.