There is a new procedure for skin rejuvenation that uses a handheld device called a Genuine Dermaroller™. When it is rolled over the skin, it makes thousands of microscopic punctures.

The skin responds as if it were injured and produces more collagen and new tighter skin cells. This is the same reaction as happens after a laser skin resurfacing or a chemical peel – in a sense, the skin is, in fact, slightly injured by these procedures, and with its self-healing response, it creates younger-looking skin.

The roller is about the size of a reel of packaging tape and is on a stylish-looking handle. Special training is required for a cosmetic practitioner or doctor to perform this therapy.

The Genuine Dermaroller™ Procedure

A topical anesthetic is first given to numb the skin being treated and after it has taken hold, the procedure lasts 20 to 30 minutes. The tiny punctures, called needle-columns, are about 0.1 mm wide and extend into the skin’s middle layer, the dermis. Usually, four treatments are given with six-week healing periods in between.

At first, the skin is red as extra blood flow suffuses the treated area. For the next six weeks, you can see the improvement as your skin works on regenerating itself.

Genuine Dermaroller™ Results

This treatment helps reduce scars caused by chickenpox or acne, improves sun damage, smoothes out wrinkles and stretch marks and reduces the size of any blemishes. It improves the texture and quality of your skin and improvement continues throughout the six-week period after each treatment. It can be used on the delicate skin around the eyes.

One of its advantages is that it does not cause any increased photosensitivity in the skin. This makes it an easy summertime treatment, unlike peels and laser treatments, which require protection from the sun.

Another advantage is that the tiny skin punctures allow better absorption of skin nutrients and moisturizers.

Dermaroller™ in the U.S.

Dermaroller™ treatments are available in the U.K. and China and the device comes in several home use versions that you can use on yourself under the supervision of a trained practitioner. The U.S. FDA has not approved any type of Dermaroller™ at this point. Some are being sold online as having FDA approval but as best this writer can determine, they are simply registered with the FDA, not approved by it. Registering a product with the FDA is an administrative process and involves no testing or analysis.

At The Cosmetic Surgical Center, Dr. Rai offers a variety of skin rejuvenation procedures that are definitely FDA-approved. If you would like to know more about them, please contact our office in Dallas, Texas for a free consultation with Dr. Rai.