What is Microneedling?

Dermal Scalp Roller Instrument

Microneedling is a form of Collagen Induction Therapy that regenerates the surface texture and tone of your skin without downtime and is particularly effective for stretch marks and scars. Microneedling treatments are also called Dermarolling or Dermal Rolling.

The treatment uses a medical dermal roller, a device similar to a small paint roller that is covered with hundreds of small, closely spaced needles. As the device rolls across the skin, the needles create tiny channels that extend below the epidermis. Your body responds to these controlled injuries by producing more collagen and elastin in the treated area. The skin plumps and thickens in response to the stimulus, reducing the appearance of scars, stretch marks, and fine lines. The tiny channels in the skin also allow skin care products to more deeply penetrate the skin.

Microneedling treatments result in little or no downtime and makeup can be applied four hours after the treatment. Some people may experience redness for up to a day that is easily hidden with makeup.

How does Microneedling at Skin Care By Design differ from the dermal rollers I can buy myself?

The dermal rollers available to the public have very short needles (usually .25mm) that prevent untrained patients from seriously injuring their skin. The shorter needles help with the absorption of skin care products but they do not penetrate the skin deeply enough to provide the rejuvenation benefits of in-office Microneedling treatments. No matter how frequently you use a home dermal roller, it will not give you the benefits of a series of in-office treatments. The medical dermal roller used by Skin Care By Design has longer needles (1.0mm) that provide the penetration necessary to stimulate your body to produce collagen and remodel the top layer of the dermis. Your skin care nurse is trained to use exactly the right pressure and number of passes to provide the best results possible. The longer needles can be uncomfortable so we apply a topical anesthetic 30 minutes before using the dermal roller.

What are the benefits of Microneedling?

Microneedling improves your appearance by treating the skin on your face and body for:

Microneedling can improve cellulite by breaking up strands of connective tissue but the improvement tends to be minor for most people. We do not recommend Microneedling as a primary treatment for cellulite.

The effects of microneedling are similar to those produced by fractional laser or radio frequency sublative rejuvenation treatments but microneedling does not penetrate the skin as deeply and does not vaporize or remove any tissue. This provides a gentler treatment suitable for correcting moderate skin problems. For more severely damaged skin, you may be interested in Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing or eMatrix Sublative Rejuvenation treatments.

What results can you expect?

Most people will begin to see improvement the day after their first treatment. However, a series of treatments is required to produce enough collagen and elastin to retain those benefits. By the end of the series of treatments, you should see fuller, smoother skin with more even skin tone. If raised scars were treated, the amount of scar tissue should be reduced. Acne scars or other depressed scars will be less noticeable because of the new collagen created immediately below the scars.

How many treatments do you need?

Five treatments at two to four week intervals are required to create the cumulative benefits of new collagen and elastin below the skin and new skin regenerated by repairing the needle holes.

Things you should know.

Minor pinpoint bleeding is possible for people with capillaries close to the surface of the skin.

Skin care products applied immediately after the treatment can produce minor irritation. The greater penetration of retinoid or Vitamin A products can result in minor, temporary flaking while your skin adjusts to the higher effective retinoid level.

Hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin) is extremely rare and usually resolves within 30 days.

The medical dermal roller used for your treatments cannot be used for another person. It is a surgical instrument that is sterilized between treatments and labeled with your name.

How much time is required?

Each appointment is for one hour because the topical anesthetic requires 30 minutes to take full effect.

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