Derma roller is an instrument that consists of a handle and a roller which is studded with very fine needles. The length of these needles varies from 0.5 mm to 2.5mm. The Derma roller is rolled across the affected area with a minimal pressure. The needles penetrate the skin creating tiny punctures of varying depths depending on the length of needles. The process is done till fine bleeding points are seen. These needles puncture several blood vessels which are very fine bleeding points that leak minimal amounts of blood into the Dermis. The platelets in this blood contain Growth Factors which get released and help promote Collagen and Elastin synthesis.
The physical damage done by puncturing the Epidermis and Dermis causes an inflammatory tissue reaction to repair the damage. The inflammatory reaction stimulates the Dermal Fibroblasts to activate and produce new Collagen & Elastic fibers which in turn helps to firm the skin and reduce wrinkles and scars.
The benefit of several locally applied medications can be improved by applying to the skin immediately after Derma roller. These medicines applied post derma roller, have better penetration in the freshly punctured blood vessels making them reach the upper dermis or the deep epidermis where their intended effects are desired.
Derma Roller helps initiate epidermal healing by stimulating an increased turnover of Epidermal Keratinocytes which results in a renewed epidermis that looks smoother & fresher. Additionally it drastically reduces pigment content of the skin, giving it an instant complexion lift.
Derma rollers are effective for all Skin types and it is highly recommended to take repeat sessions in a gap of 30 days for best results.
Mild redness is not of concern. If there is slight irritation you may wash the treated area with cold water without any soap and can apply VLCC Moisturizing Cream. If you experience severe redness lasting for over a day, itching or oozing, immediately report to the Centre and consult the Doctor.
Erythema of the skin: pre-existing Inflammation of skin may worsen with Dermaroller.
Eczematous Dermatitis [oozing skin]: on the face due to Contact Allergic & Irritant Dermatitis.
Active Acne Vulgaris: especially pustular Acne as derma roller will cause aggravation of Acne infection
Growths on skin: if there are benign & malignant skin lesions, derma roller must not be done on the lesion till the Doctor confirms the diagnosis and treatment, and advises to proceed with the procedure. Special care must be taken by the Doctor to rule out Vascular and Malignant lesions.
HIV & Hepatitis Patients are advised not to take Derma Roller treatment.
Pregnancy: Derma roller is not dangerous during pregnancy but best avoided.
Uncontrolled Diabetes Mellitus
Blood bleeding & clotting disorders: Clients with history of bleeding disorders, causing excessive bleeding when injured must not be taken for Derma rollers without Doctor’s consent and supervision. Bleeding disorders may be intrinsic or caused due to drugs such as Aspirin or Warfarin.
Herpes Simplex active lesions on the treated area: Derma rollers can spread Herpetic infection if the client has active lesions. Hence if the client has an active lesion, postpone till Herpes heals.