The Derma Roller
A Brilliant Little At Home Anti-Aging Device

by Lois W. Stern

With Michelle Martel - The Duchess of Dermis

Two simple words hold the keys to understanding the concept of anti-aging skin renewal: wound and heal. The skill of the practitioner and the choice of technology makes all the difference in whether that wound ultimately stimulates the production of healthier, younger looking skin, has little impact, or worst scenario, scars the patient.

That youthful glow you see in a childís face is the result of constant skin renewal, the shedding of old skin cells continually being replenished with new cells. A babyís skin is in a constant state of renewal, shedding old cells while growing new ones. Alas, as we enter our teen years and beyond, skin renewal already begins to slow.

Research has shown that by the time we reach our forties and fifties, skin sheds approximately once every fifty-three days. As old, unshed cells build up on the skinís surface, they become dual culprits to our skinís dull, aging appearance. This is where the skill and experience of a knowledgeable practitioner who understands both theory and technique behind the wound-heal concept can come to the rescue, helping us kick the skin out of its old, lazy habits and getting it back in shape. Today one popular method for accomplishing this goal is found in a variety of laser treatments. One lesser known yet brilliant anti-aging device is a simple hand held roller, known under a wide variety of names (i.e. SKYNroller, CIT roller, Derma Roller, Microneedler). The process itself is alternately referred to as, Derna Rolling Microneedling, Collagen Induction Therapy.

Explaining How the Derma Roller Works

The Dermal Roller has extremely fine, attached needles. When rolled across the surface of the skin, these needles penetrate it, creating micro-channels which stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. These tiny holes are not visible because they are surrounded by non-penetrated skin. By adding growth factor nutrients (nourishing cosmeceuticals) to the wounded area immediately after treatment, t results are even more effective as these ingredients can be absorbed into the deeper layers of the skin. Clinical studies have shown that the Derma Roller is just as effective as non-ablative treatments such as IPL, Fraxel and CO2 laser in ultimately stimulating collagen and elastin production

In her chapter in Tick Tock, Stop the Clock The Duchess has included pictures of her client, Amy during an aggressive Dermal Roller treatment, using a hand held device with 280 two mm thick needles. A variety of different Derma Rollers are on the market today, some guided by light, others with vibrating mechanisms. They also vary in the number and thicknesses of needles, but the basic principle remains the same. Even with the most aggressive treatment, those channels fully close almost immediately after treatment.

It is important to note that more guided instruction is recommended in the use of Dermal Rollers with over 200 needles. Such intense treatments are best administered by the skilled technician, who often applies a topical anesthetic prior to treatment to minimize discomfort. Units of 150 to 192 needles are usually recommended for home use. All users should receive proper training in sterilizing their units.

What the Derma Roller Can Do For You

This Derma Roller is a non-surgical treatment option for stimulating collagen and elastin production. It helps thicken the skin, smooth away fine lines and wrinkles, rid the skin of hyperpigmentations (discolorations), fade stretch marks and tighten sagging skin. Because these treatments spare healthy tissue, they are effective even on delicate skin areas such as the neck, chest and hands. Moreover, the Roller is significantly more ěskin friendlyî than most of the more costly skin treatments. Now thatís what I call a great bang for the buck!

Now it's time to watch Michelle giving herself a Dermal Roller home treatment to see how simple this process really is. Watch this video.

But if you are looking for more dramatic, faster results, with the downside of more visible temporary wounds and longer downtime, the ablative laser might be a better option for you.

© 2011, 2013 by Lois W. Stern

Lois W. Stern is the author of Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery and Tick Tock, Stop the Clock ~ Getting Pretty on Your Lunch Hour as well as numerous magazine articles. Her Professional Edition DVD is a popular aid to office staff while interacting with their patients.

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