Dermaroller-Microneedling Treatment: All you need to know

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Dermaroller (Micro-Needling) Treatment: Indications, Benefits and Side Effects

Dermaroller treatments are also known as Collagen Induction Therapy or Micro-Needling treatments. Dermaroller treatment uses a series of needles to stimulate the collagen in skin cells. Collagen gives skin its tightness, which in turn results in better looking skin. Secondly Micro-Needling also helps in resurfacing the skin- much like what a medium depth chemical peel does, but with much less side effects. If you’re interested in having Dermaroller treatments, there are a few things you should know about the indications, benefits, and potential side effects of those treatments:


Indications (Are You a Good Candidate?)

There are several types of skin problems that can be treated with Dermaroller treatments. Here’s a quick list of the most common:

  •  Skin Wrinkles/ Aging
  • Skin Tightening (much like how some Medical Lasers help)
  • Skin Pigmentation (melasma, tanning etc)
  • Various Types of Scars including acne scars and chicken-pox scars (Deep Scars May Require TCA cross chemical peel or Surgery in addition to dermaroller. Your doctor will discuss this with you before starting the treatment sessions)
  • Alopecia (Hair loss), especially when combined with PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) therapy.
Scarring treatment

Dermaroller helps Acne scars

Of course, there are some relative contraindications to Dermaroller treatment. Patients with active skin infection in the form of impetigo, herpes etc, should avoid treatment until the infection subsides. Similarly patients with a history of recurrent cold sores/ herpes might need prophylactic anti-virals prior to treatment. Anyone still having active acne outbreaks probably won’t see good results from Dermaroller treatments, until the acne is controlled. Also, the treatment can cause people with bleeding disorders or people who take Aspirin and other blood thinners to bleed excessively. It is therefore important to seek a Dermatologist Consultation before you decide to undergo dermaroller treatment.


What happens during treatment? How is Dermaroller performed? How many treatments are needed?


Treatment with Dermaroller

Dermaroller Treatment procedure

The procedure itself is a relatively easy one. It is performed in an office/ clinic, but it may take quite a while, since the topical numbing cream needs to be applied for around 30-60 mins prior to the start of the procedure. Once the area is appropriately cleaned and numbed, the technician will use the dermaroller to roll over the skin in varying directions for approximately 15- 20 minutes.

It’s possible that you could experience minor petechial bleeding during or immediately after the procedure. Sterile gauze should be able to control it. Remember that the area should be kept clean and sterile after treatment.

You should also be aware that multiple dermaroller treatments (usually 6-10) may be necessary to achieve the result that you want. However, treatment sessions should be spaced a minimum of 3 weeks apart to allow the formation of new collagen between treatments.


Side Effects

One thing that attracts many people to Dermaroller treatment is its relatively low down-time and minimal side effects. The commonest side effect is facial redness/ erythema, minor swelling, oozing, or discomfort immediately after the procedure, which can last from 12-24 hours depending on your skin type.  The treatment itself can be a bit painful/ uncomfortable. However the pain/ discomfiture is minimal as a local anesthetic cream is used before treatment.

After the first 12-24 hours you will notice that your face will start to peel off. The peeling can last from 1-7 days depending on your skin type and depth of needles used. It is important during this time to follow your doctor’s instructions, use liberal amounts of emollients and avoid any sun exposure. It is recommended to avoid any other facials/ creams unless recommended by your doctor.

Other than that, there is a small possibility of developing bacterial infections. But this isn’t usually a problem if the procedure is performed in a clean environment.  Hyper or hypo pigmentation may rarely occur after treatment.  This is again very rare and usually happens only if the treatment is performed by an untrained doctor/ technician.

If you are looking for a skin treatment with little recovery time and minimal side effects, Dermaroller treatment is a good option. Although, depending on the technique used, the size of the needles, and other factors you may not feel up to resuming your normal activities for a few days after your treatment is performed.



Benefits of Dermaroller Treatments

One of the biggest benefits of Dermaroller treatment is that it can be used on several different parts of the body, unlike some treatments that are specifically meant for the face or neck. Also, if you happen to have dark skin, you probably know that a lot of traditional skin treatments including chemical peels can cause pigmentation problems. That’s not the case with Dermaroller treatment, which is an excellent option, if you want to avoid any unpleasant pigmentation. Another benefit of Dermaroller treatment is that it doesn’t have the finality of some other treatments. In other words, there are certain skin treatments that aren’t safe to repeat, but you can have Dermaroller treatment any number of times.

As you can see, Dermaroller treatments aren’t for everyone. But, if you’re a good candidate, they can make a big difference in how you look, and by extension how you feel about yourself.



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Treat Your Acne Scars In Six Easy Ways

Scarring from AcneEverybody hates acne scars. There is not a single person in the world, who feels okay by having pigmentation on his face and other parts of the body. Apart from giving a weird look to our face, it causes a scar emotionally in our minds. Some people feel low by its abrasion, to the extent that they will simply try anything, to remove that unwanted enemy of the face. Sometimes we do not opt for the right solution of this problem. Home remedies as well as professional treatments can treat acne scars, and you can seek the advice of your dermatologist to remove this marring problem.

What Are Acne Scars

In simple language, scars result from injury to the tissue. The acne is the cause of the built up bacteria and sebum in the sebaceous follicle that is the cause of injury. Our body will immediately respond by forcing the white blood cells and seditious molecules to the broken cells. These cells tend to remain on the acne-affected part for weeks and sometimes months, for curing and preventing infection. However, when the infection repairs the mark still persists. There are cases, where the nodular acne gets a large amount of infection in the in-depth layers of skin. There can be a loss of tissue and a lifetime scarring.

The acne stars may still not leave your face even after a meticulous and cautious treatment. However, the scars vary in formation, cure and degree of infection. They tend to fall under two main categories,

[Atrophic] Acne scars cause by the loss of tissue.

[Hypertrophic] Acne scars caused by the excess of tissue.

Types of Acne Scars
Ice pick scars- Deep narrow scars widening to the middle layer of skin.

Boxcar scars- Are round and oval with vertical steep sides.

Rolling scars- Causes rolling and wavy crinkles across the normal appearance of skin.

Hypertrophic scars- usually found in men upon the torso and appear like a raised firm gathering of tissue.

Acne Vulgaris

The most recent acne attack is in the form of acne vulgaris. If you have not heard about it, then pay attention. It is just another form of acne, which appears when oil and skin cells are stuck in the pore. If there is an invasion of bacteria then a swollen pimple resurfaces. People suffering from acne vulgaris tend to get blackheads, pimples and whiteheads. Just like the other scars, acne vulgaris may not be the cause of concern for everyone but it is not wise to ignore it. Get the acne vulgaris scar treated by the skin doctor before it progresses into a severe form.

Treatments And Remedies

You can ask the skin doctor for the Dermaroller process for treating the acne scars, which are too close to the skin surface. The professional will remove the skin, using medical equipment that consists of a roller with tiny microneedles. This can be combined with a chemical peel (TCA cross). You can also opt for the laser treatment of resurfacing the acne that involves controlling the depth of penetration with a laser.

There are other methods to opt for like the punch excision or punch grafting for the ice pick scars. Dermal fillers and laser resurfacing for boxer scars and subcision process for the rolling scar treatment. For men, the steroid creams, injections and tapes may also prove helpful to flatten or shrivel the scars.

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