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What is micro-needle therapy?

Also known as Collagen Induction Therapy, Dermaroller or Dermal Roller treatment - Micro Needle Therapy is a revolutionary skin needling treatment.

 

A single micro needle on a dermal roller makes a miniscule wound in the skin, although there is no damage outwardly to your face and you cannot see it or feel it as it's on such a tiny scale. Despite this minute damage, the body's natural healing mechanism kicks in.

Collagen and elastin are produced in response to the needle entering the top layer of the skin. The existing collagen has not been removed by this process and the new production adds to the levels that already exist.

A Medik8 dermaroller has 192 needles, so you can imagine that with only a few rolls there will be over a over a thousand needle entries. As each of these act to stimulate new collagen fibres, you can see how the general appearance and thickness of the skin will hugely increase in these areas.


Additional benefits of Micro Needle Therapy

As the tiny needles penetrate the epidermis they create micro channels in the skin. Studies show that the absorption of topical creams is enhanced by several 100%. These channels will close up within 90 minutes, but the active ingredients in the creams will continue to work.

photo curtesy of Paul Adkins Lic.Ac.,BA(Hons),FEA,1stDan,MBAcC,MCAUK

 

Treating acne scars with dermaroller 

 

It is important to note that dermaroller treatment is suitable for acne scars only. It is not recommended for acne which is still active. There are several forms of treatment available for active acne which includes medication, laser treatment and dermabrasion. If you are suffering from active acne then visit our complete guide to acne. This forms part of our popular range of medical guides and contains a wide range of information which includes acne treatments. 

 

Dermaroller is a suitable form of treatment for acne scars. It works by stimulating the growth of collagen to fill out any pitted scars, indentations or craters caused by acne. This results in a smooth, plump looking skin and a boost to your confidence and self-esteem.

The reason we have mentioned confidence and self–esteem is that acne scars cause the sufferer to feel self-conscious about their appearance which then impacts upon their quality of life. In many cases this persists from their teenage years and last well into adulthood.

But one of the benefits of dermaroller is an improved skin –even with thick, keloid type scars. Your skin will become thicker and healthier looking as a result. 

 

Dermaroller treatment creates a series of mini channels in your skin which act as a conduit for skincare cream/lotion/gel. These products help to speed up the repair process as well as moisturising your skin to give it a fresh, young looking feel. 

 

Basically, a scar is the result of an inability by the skin to heal itself. What dermaroller does is to give that process a hand by extending the healing process, resulting in a scar free appearance. 

 

Results of acne scars treatment with dermaroller 

Small or fine scars will disappear as a result of this treatment. Even thick, keloid scars will show signs of improvement by fading away to almost nothing. They will still be there but will be difficult to see unless close up. This is an important issue: if you have keloid scars or dense ice pick scars then bear in mind that dermaroller cannot guarantee that these will disappear. But what it will do is to lessen their impact.

 

In other words, your heavy pitted scars will be less noticeable than before.

If dermaroller is used on a regular basis then the improvements will be noticeable after a very short period of time. Most people find that their acne scars improve a month after treatment although a few people have noticed an improvement after just one week following treatment. 

 

This is an individual response: everyone reacts differently to treatment which means that some people will notice improvements more quickly than others. The trick is to be patient and let the results speak for themselves. These results will continue for up to 12 months following your last dermaroller session.

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