– Less invasive than a facelift
– Improved look of scars, wrinkles and skin spots
– More intensive than microdermabrasion and light chemical peels
– Can cause skin irritation or scarring
– Skin color may change
– Sun sensitivity after treatment
Am I a good candidate for Dermaroller?
– You have fine lines around the eyes, nose, mouth or cheeks
– You are frustrated with signs of aging that make you look older than you feel
– You have small facial scars caused by acne, chicken pox or a previous injury
– You have brown spots or blotches on the skin
There are virtually no age restrictions for Dermaroller or dermablading. If you are in good general health, have a positive attitude and realistic expectations, you are most likely a good candidate for this procedure.
About Your Procedure
How is a Dermaroller procedure performed?
The purpose of Dermaroller is to intentionally “injure” the skin so that good scar tissue will replace bad scar tissue, thus reducing or eliminating skin blemishes and wrinkles. Typically, surgeons use a small tool that features a rapidly spinning wheel with a roughened surface, not unlike fine-grained sandpaper. This tool is rubbed on the skin, removing its upper layers—it’s similar to skinning your knee. Dermaroller is most often used to treat acne scars and other facial blemishes and it’s particularly useful for those who have vertical wrinkles around the mouth that often cause lipstick “bleed.” This procedure can be performed on a small area of skin or the entire face.
Preparing For Your Procedure
In advance of your procedure, your surgeon will ask you to:
– Apply special ointments or gels to your skin.
– Stop smoking before undergoing surgery to promote better healing.
– Avoid taking aspirin, certain anti-inflammatory drugs, and some herbal medications that can cause increased bleeding.
– Regardless of the type of surgery to be performed, hydration is very important before and after surgery for safe recovery.
Aftercare And Recovery
Immediately after Dermaroller
You may have a sensation similar to a “skinned knee” feeling on the treated area. It’s likely that the treated area will be red or swollen. The area may tingle for a while, and it’s not uncommon for some scabbing to occur. You may be prescribed an ointment to help with any pain following the procedure.
When the anesthesia wears off, you may have some pain. If the pain is extreme or long-lasting, contact your physician. You will also have some redness and swelling after the surgery. Contact your surgeon to find out if your pain, redness and swelling are normal or a sign of a problem.
Recovery time frame after Dermaroller
It will take seven to 10 days for new skin to begin forming, but your skin may maintain a red or pink hue for up to a month after the procedure. Typically, this skin coloration can be covered up with camouflage makeup. Within six weeks, the redness and pinkness will subside, and you’ll begin to see the full results of your procedure. Immediately after your surgery, it may be necessary for you to avoid any strenuous activity, heavy lifting or straining. Eating or drinking may be difficult depending on the area treated. Deeper treatments may require you to take a break from your normal activity for one to two weeks, while more superficial treatments will take less time for recovery.
How Long Will My Results Last?
Depending on the depth and length of your treatment, results will vary; however, you can expect your skin blemishes to be reduced or eliminated for a relatively long time following the procedure.
Limitations And Risks
– Dermaroller may cause some skin issues for people who are prone to frequent herpes simplex infections. To prevent fever blisters, your doctor may prescribe you an antiviral medication.
– Occasionally, patients may experience changes in the pigmentation of their skin following either of these procedures. Bleaching creams prescribed by your doctor can help treat this symptom.
– You may experience thickened skin after your recovery from Dermaroller. Cortisone treatments can help the skin return to normal.