History of the Derma Roller
Derma Rolling has been in practice in some form around the world for over 20 years.
With technological advances and continued refining of techniques, Derma Rolling has become a staple treatment in many professional skin care practices. This is evident in the many other names it has: Microneedling, Skin Rolling, Skin Needling, Collagen Induction Therapy.
What is a Derma Roller Facial?
The Derma Roller Facial essentially involves the use of a derma roller [image] to gently roll sterile fine needles across a treatment area that has been properly cleansed.
At SkinLab The Medical Spa, this is performed by highly trained professionals in a controlled, hygienic manner.
The aim is to create micro-wounds, or micro-channels, to stimulate collagen and elastin production for skin rejuvenation. As a result, the extra collagen produced can fill in fine lines, wrinkles and mild acne scars.
Derma Rolling can also increase the efficacy of topical products by boosting its absorption rate into your skin.
SkinLab The Medical Spa offers a wide range of nutrient-dense topicals that provide many benefits. These include:
- Skin Whitening
- Hydration of Dehydrated Skin
- Deep Moisturisation of Dry Skin
- Brightening of Dull Skin
- Reduction of Wrinkles & Fine Lines
- Reduction of Pore Size
- Evening Out Skin Tone, and more.
What is a Derma Roller?
The Derma Roller is simply a hand-held roller that resembles a small paint roller. The difference is in the hundreds of tiny sterile needles evenly distributed on the rolling surface.
These needles come in various lengths, ranging from 0.25mm up to 2.0mm. Different skin concerns call for the use of different needle lengths.
Why Can’t I Perform Dermarolling At Home?
This is because at-home kits only produce up to a degree of light exfoliation of dead skin. This mild microdermabrasion is simply not at the same level of dermarolling when done by a professional.
And while you can learn the techniques of dermarolling online, it’s difficult to gauge the actual touch, feel, and appropriate amount of pressure to apply with the derma roller and at which areas for your safety and the best results.
At SkinLab The Medical Spa, only brand new sterile derma rollers are used for each Derma Roller Facial session. These used derma rollers are disposed off after each treatment. This is done for hygiene reasons; to prevent cross contamination between customers, and hence reducing the risk of infection, especially with the open wounds created by dermarolling.
Benefits of Derma Roller Facial:
- Reduction in Fine Lines
- Reduction in Wrinkle
- Reduction in Shallow Acne Scars
- Reduction in Stretch Marks
- Reduction in Hyper Pigmentation Marks
- Reduction in Pore Size
- Smoother Skin Tone
- Boosts Collagen & Elastin Production
- Boosts Absorption of Topical Skin Care Products
- Welcome head massage
- Double cleansing
- Application of numbing cream (optional)
- Derma Rolling treatment
- Application of Topical Actives
- Gentle face massage
- Mask application
- Recovery serum application.
When done performed by a trained professional, the Derma Roller Facial is very safe.
Unlike chemical peels or lasers which both cause the upper skin layer (epidermis) to shed and have an average recovery time of 2 to 8 weeks, the Derma Roller Facial does not harm this skin layer. Recovery from a Derma Roller Facial ranges anywhere from 2 to 7 days, depending on the aggressive of your treatment; the longer the needle length the longer the downtime.
With the Derma Roller Facial, you will experience slight redness immediately after treatment, which will dissipate over time. There will also be mild skin peeling. In some individuals, the skin may break out with acne; this is due to an over-stimulation from the treatment. Kindly contact us should this occur.
In addition, we do not recommend applying makeup or sunscreen for at least the next 24 hours after treatment as they contain ingredients that can cause irritation or infection because of the micro-channels made available on your skin by the facial.
And, although very rare, this does not rule out the possibility of skin irritation in hypersensitive individuals. Our consultants will take the time to discuss whether your goals and expectations for the treatment are realistic, and also discuss with you all our Derma Roller Facial benefits and risks.
Frequently Asked Questions
No. While there is currently no evidence that suggest Derma Roller Facials can adversely affect a pregnancy, it is better to wait until after delivery. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can alter the skin pigmentation and are often unpredictable.
For best results, multiple treatments are necessary; treatment effects are cumulative. The frequency that you can enjoy the Derma Roller Facial will depend on your concerns, skin condition, and the aggressiveness of the treatment.
Yes, as the Derma Roller Facial will stimulate skin cell production, there will be some peeling as it renews itself.
The Derma Roller Facial is suitable for most skin types, and especially beneficial for dry, dull, and ageing skin. Individuals with sensitive skin conditions (e.g., eczema, psoriasis, rosacea) can enjoy the facial provided the skin condition is stable, under control and not flaring up. In addition, those with oily skin types are also suitable candidates given there is no active acne.
The Derma Roller Facial is unsuitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women, those prone to forming keloid scars, individuals on blood thinning medication, and areas with skin infections.
With careful assessment and preparation, a very serious allergic reaction to the Derma Roller Facial is extremely rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor immediately.