Over time, our natural levels of Collagen and Elastic deplete for a variety of reasons, such as dehydration, smoking, skin conditions and of course just getting older. However, that doesn’t mean that you have to live with saggy, dull looking skin.

The solution is to put some of the protein back, using various techniques, but one of the most popular is by using a device known as a “Dermaroller”.

What is a Dermaroller?

A Dermaroller is a handheld device that is used in a rolling-motion. It features roughly 200 needles of varying length that are known as “micro needles, which work to stimulate the skin.

There are two types of Dermaroller device available: The Salon roller is disposable, and only designed to be used once. This roller comes in different sizes, dependent on the treatment, but starts at 0.5mm. Anaesthetic Cream will need to be applied for this treatment.

Home Dermaroller’s are also available. These come with a needle length of 0.2mm.

Shorter needles are recommended for the initial treatment, whilst later treatments will progress to using longer ones.

What are the Benefits of using a Dermaroller?

The stimulation of the skin - by the needles - encourages the reproduction of both collagen and Elastin, helping the surface to look younger and suppler. This helps the skin to absorb the moisture that it needs from products that promote healthy skin. More importantly, it stimulates blood-flow around the epidermis.

Salon treatments are designed to stimulate the skin, encouraging cell production and regeneration, improving collagen and elastin levels, whilst reducing the size of visible pores on the surface.

The skin looks and feels plumper, reducing the signs of wrinkling and improving the overall appearance of your face.

Does the Dermaroller hurt?

It is inevitably that the needles will cause a prickly feeling to the skin, however before the device is used, your skin will be numbed so that you do not feel a thing.

When using a Dermaroller at home, it is recommended to use good skin care products afterwards as it will enhance and allow skin care penetration of up to 200%.

What should I expect immediately after the Treatment?

You should not be alarmed to see a rosy complexion following a treatment. This will look a lot like sunburn with some swelling, however this will calm down quickly (between 12 and 24 hours). Over the seven days following treatment, you may notice your skin becoming dryer or a tight feeling, including some flakiness. This is completely normal, and is simply a sign that your skin is healing normally.

As your skin is delicate following the procedure, we recommend using sunscreen for at least eight days after, to ensure that your skin is protected from unnecessary damage from UV exposure.

The pricks on your skin will heal fairly quickly (within minutes), reducing the chance of infection. You should only expect to need around 24 hours before your skin is healed, and you can help your skin by applying products that will offer it all of the nutrients that it requires.

Is there anyone who shouldn’t use this treatment?

Dermarollers are suitable for every skin type. However, you should avoid having the treatment done if you currently have active acne, as the procedure will encourage the spread of the acne, which you do not want. You should also not undertake the treatment if you are allergic to: Tetracaine, Lignocaine or Prilocain.

We also do not recommend this treatment if you are currently pregnant, or breastfeeding, as the treatment may remove vitamins that are needed by your body, and your baby.

How long before I will notice results?

Everyone is different, but swelling should reduce after several days. However, it is not unusual for it to take several weeks to look how you would expect.

We advise that you do not have any other treatments for at least six weeks, because your skin needs between six to eight weeks for the collagen fibres to mature.

How much will this cost?

A course of Dermaroller consists ofthree or four treatments, which will be four to six weeks apart. An annual refresher will then be advised. Treatments cost $400 each, with a total cost of $1200-$1600.

To help with the ongoing progress of your skin, we recommend using a Dermaroller at home between treatments, around two to three times each week

(if being used 2-3 times a week the roller should be replaced every 6 months to ensure needles are sharp and effective), just before you go to bed, followed by a good skincare routine to ensure that your skin is protected.

Home Dermaroller's are available for $150. A cleansing spray is available for $30 and Skin Hydrating Serum for $115. A Post Peel Pack is also available for $200.