What is Dermal Rolling?
The earliest form of dermal rolling can trace its roots back to ancient China, in the form of acupuncture. More recently, from France in the last 60 years comes the technique of nappage which forms the cornerstone of mesotherapy where micro injections place serums and other rejuvenating substances into the skin.
Dermal Rolling uses a high quality roller with 600 very fine needles to puncture the skin to a controlled depth over a large area. It creates thousands of microscopic channels into the skin. This has various effects:
- Controlled micro-trauma to the skin activates the body’s healing cascade and stimulates collagen and elastin formation.
- Micro-channels aid in infusing serums into the skin which have anti-aging, rejuvenating and anti-pigmentation functions. Serums penetrate the skin up to 1000 times more effectively than on intact skin.
Who can be treated with Dermal Rolling?
- Generalized or localized depressed acne scarring such as found frequently with a history of acne.
- Sun-damaged skin and aging skin, used to improve texture, reduce and even out skin discolouration and soften wrinkles and lines.
How long does it take to work and how long will the effects last?
The skin will glow and plump out immediately after the treatment. The effects of dermal rolling are best seen longer term over 4-6 months. The increased collagen and elastin production sees the texture of the skin improve with less fine lines and wrinkles. With the help of serums and growth factors patients may also see less pigmentation and overall improved skin tone.
Dermal rolling is generally repeated on a monthly basis. The roller is sterilised and stored safely for you. It can be reused safely for between 5-8 sessions.
Is the procedure painful, and how long does it take?
The procedure is very non-invasive and requires an anaesthetic cream to be applied to the skin for an hour before the procedure. The micro-needling itself takes about 10 minutes. After the procedure you will be required to rest with the serum on your skin for about 15 minutes.
It is considered to be an outpatient procedure and people may return to their normal activities immediately. Your skin will look mildly red for a few hours, but it will settle rapidly.
Is dermal rolling safe and what are the possible side effects?
Patients experience little or no pain, downtime or risks for complication. The depth to which the needles can penetrate is completely controlled and the treatment is generally very well tolerated. The rollers used at the Centre of Wellness are registered by the FDA. Each client has their own roller which is kept sterile and safe.
Facts about Dermal Rolling…
The first advantage is that this procedure does not permanently damage the skin. The skin actually becomes thicker.
There is a very short healing period – minimal “downtime”.
- The treatment is cost effective.
- It can be used on thin skin.
- There is no permanent damage to the skin and the healing phase is short.
- It can safely be repeated for better results, usually once a month.
- It can be used on laser resurfaced skin.
- The roller is be stored for you and then be re-used on you at any stage.
- Sun-sensitivity is a major and enduring problem in laser resurfacing, whereas after needling of the skin, the horny layer rapidly returns to its original thickness and the skin is not sun sensitive.
- A very gratifying change may occur in dilated blood vessels, which may disappear.
What is the cost?
You first purchase your own roller which costs R1000 and lasts for 5-10 sessions. Then each session costs R650 for a basic session treating face and neck. If other areas are added in there may be an extra charge. Discuss your specific needs with the Doctor.