Dermal Rolling

The science behind dermal rolling has been documented over the past 10 years. The initial rollers
were 3mm in length, required “awake sedation” and a lengthy recovery time. This initial work by Dr.
Fernandes showed improvement in collagen formation in the skin but the aggressive treatments,
requirement of heavy sedation and lots of bleeding discouraged widespread adoption of the technique.
Further research has revealed that much shorter needles induce the same degree of collagen formation
in the skin with much less pain and less down time. Indeed, some of the shorter rollers are available for
at home.

To optimize the health of your skin requires one to eat a well balanced diet rich in vitamins and
minerals, to topically apply creams containing vitamin A and C and copper peptides, to participate in
daily aerobic exercise, and to never smoke. Bypassing any one of these steps has a negative impact on
the skin. Dermal rollers work by stimulating the skin cells (keratinocytes) to release certain growth
factors and cytokines. It is these released factors which stimulate the skin to develops more collagen.
The rollers also work to stimulating the melanosomes which helps to even out skin colour. Skin cells
can be stimulated through various mechanical means such as laser, IPL , or dermal rollers.
The major advantage of dermal rolling is that it is much less expensive and has none of the risks of
laser or IPL treatments AND Dermal rolling is safe to use in the periorbital region. The fragile skin
surrounding the eye is a source of dispair for many patients. Neither laser nor IPL can be used in this
area. Fillers are not recommended for this area and creams can only take one so far—but dermal
rollers allow treatment of this delicate skin.

Medical grade rollers are longer 1.0 mm (and longer), require the use of local anaesthic creams and
must be used by physicians trained in their use. Skin should be rolled with the medical grade rollers no
more often than monthly but can be rolled nightly with the cosmetic length of 0.3 mm rollers.
Regardless of the length of needle used, the results take a period of up to 8 months before the effects
are obvious, so patience is a necessity.

Please feel free to contact us if you have further questions about dermal rolling and how it works.