Monday, 23 November 2015

Can Dermarolling (Micro-Needling) Help You Reclaim Beautiful Skin?

If your skin is scarred, stretched, or showing signs of aging, poking it with dozens of tiny needles is probably the last thing you want to do. Surprisingly, though, your skepticism is unwarranted. Dermarolling – also known as micro-needling – is a beauty treatment that involves doing just that. This rather unconventional practice claims to help you regain that soft, beautiful skin you may feel you've lost.What is Dermarolling, and how does it actually work? Read on to find out.

Understanding Collagen Production

Before you can understand how Dermarolling works, you'll first need to learn a little more about everybody's favorite beauty protein, collagen.

Collagen is responsible for young, healthy looking skin, as it works as a guard, protecting skin cells from damage. Together with elastins and other proteins, collagen keeps skin looking tight and smooth.

The bad news is, as we age, our bodies don't produce as much of these valuable proteins and substances as they once did. As a result, fine lines and wrinkles develop, and overall aging starts to show. When this happens, it's time to act.

How Dermarolling Increases Collagen Production

Dermarolling may sound rather intimidating (after all who likes needles?), but it's actually remarkably effective, at least when it comes to encouraging the body to produce more of this much-needed collagen. While it's true that a medical laser could also encourage collagen production, a isn't always good for treating certain skin pigments or types.

As the device's small needles roll over the skin, minor damage is done to the cells that lie beneath the skin's surface. To repair this damage, the body is forced to produce more substances like collagen.  As a result, the overall texture of the skin improves, and it tightens noticeably.

Is Treatment Painful?
In most people's minds, the only thing worse than one needle is multiple needles. You’d be forgiven, therefore, for thinking a Dermarolling session was something of a traumatic experience.

In actual fact, the needles found on a dermaroller are tiny – smaller than your fingernails, in fact. The technician carrying out your treatment will also numb your skin before using the device on it. Because of this, many people say they don't feel a thing! 

How Long Does Dermarolling Take?
As you can surely imagine, when it comes to needles and skin, maximum care needs to be taken. For this reason, Dermarolling isn't the quickest cosmetic treatment on the market.

The actual length of time your treatment will take will depend on the size of the area you're having treated. It will also depend on how long it takes for your skin to respond to the numbing gel.

Before booking a treatment, you'll need to factor in travel time, an hour for the numbing substance to work, and the time it takes for your technician to perform your treatment.

How Long is Recovery Time?
While Micro-Needling is a one-day procedure, there is a strong possibility you'll suffer from some after effects. These are relatively minor and short-lived but do need to be taken into account. Swelling and redness are the most common side effects of treatment and often take several days to subside. Your technician will apply a sterile gauze; however, your skin will need healing time after being punctured by the needles.

It's worth taking this into account before booking a Micro-Needling session. While it can be a great way to rejuvenate skin, it will likely be a few days before your face fully heals.

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