How a Dermaroller Treatment Works
If you've followed this space for long, then you'd know that I have been dealing with acne for a long time now. Acne or any other kind of skin imperfections are a fact of life most of us suffer at some point in our life. But is there something we can do about it? *Image source: 1
While you might have heard about laser skin treatments and chemical peels, how much have you heard about microneedling or CIT procedures? I have not tried any kind of skin treatment other than mild chemical peeling in the past. I am interested in knowing new techniques and treatments and Dermaroller has caught my attention recently. Before considering something as drastic as plastic surgery or as abrasive as skin resurfacing, look at what a Dermaroller treatment can do for you.
Collagen Induction Therapy With a Dermaroller
Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), also called microneedling, has been around for a long time. It utilizes multiple needles to puncture the skin in order to facilitate healing and regeneration in the cells. The skin becomes thicker and younger looking as a result of treatment, replacing damaged cells with new ones. Over time, it reduces the appearances of scars from acne and chicken pox and the appearance of stretch marks. Even wrinkles diminish as the healing process stimulates collagen production in the skin.
The Dermaroller is a hand held tool, which is designed with a roller containing numerous medical grade needles. These needles are then rolled across the surface of the skin. It allows for larger skin applications and comes in varying sizes to accommodate the face or body and different size areas.
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Is Dermaroller Application Really Painful?
Light based laser procedures are frequently compared to the snapping of rubber bands against the skin, according to those who have used medical laser in the past. Chemical peels cause an uncomfortable burning sensation. The application of a Dermaroller can be compared to a scraping against the skin. To make the Dermaroller treatment more comfortable, medical technicians generally apply a topical anesthetic to the skin area in advance of the microneedling process.
Are There Any Risks or Side Effects?
There are two general types of treatments, ablative and non-ablative. An ablative procedure is one in which the surface of the skin, or epidermis, is damaged to encourage healing. A non-ablative procedure targets the underlayer, or dermis, while leaving the skin's surface unharmed. Any ablative method will cause a high risk as the epidermis is what protects the human body from infections.
Ablative procedures have noticeable side effects of redness, swelling, some fever, pain after the procedure is over, skin discoloration and so on. The only notable side effects of microneedling treatments are redness and possibly some swelling immediately after being treated. Those symptoms usually are gone by the next day.
How Many Treatments Are Needed?
Most clinics suggest only three treatments are needed for skin rejuvenation; whereas, five for scars and stretch marks. Many patients start noticing the results within a few days of being treated and continue seeing improvements up to six weeks later. That's why clinics usually recommend a length of about 45 days between each procedure.
Have you tried Dermaroller treatment yet? Would you try if given a chance? Honestly, I am a bit scared to have needles on my face, but knowing all the benefits and good things about it, I may as well try it sometime in future. Share your views in the comment section!
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