The Dermaroller – Beauty by a Thousand Cuts?

by Megan on April 5, 2010


Launched last year to tighten and rejuvenate skin on the face, the Dermaroller has been reinvented to be used on the rest of the body. The needle-studded roller looks like some kind of medieval torture device, but the contraption’s users are singing its praises saying it tightens loose skin and even reduces stretch marks and tones muscles.

Created by Dr Michael Prager, the Dermaroller uses 3mm needles which are rolled over the affected area and pierce the tiny blood vessels in the top layer of the skin. The bleeding, which results from the piercing, stimulates collagen production to help repair and regenerate connective tissues. Apparently this treatment is based on the same principle as facial peels and laser treatments, except it doesn’t damage the top layer of skin because the Dermaroller’s needles penetrate right through in the dermis.

Before the treatment, a topical anesthetic cream must be applied before the Dermaroller is rolled 16 times over the skin in a star-shaped pattern, resulting in 250 small punctures per square centimeter. After the Dermaroller has been used, more topical treatments can be used to increase the effect. Transderm, a needle-free injection system, uses electrical impulses to push ingredients like hyaluronic acid and pentapeptides into the skin to help its tone. Then a cream is applied, which also stimulates collagen production.

The treatment sounds painful with one patient commenting:

‘Even with the anaesthetic cream, the process was agony,’ says Stephanie. ‘For the last five minutes I was screaming.

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