Percutaneous Collagen Induction, also known as skin needling or derma rolling has been around for several years. It's primary tool is a handheld derma roller, a small, narrow device (rather like a tiny paint roller) studded with almost 200 fine surgical steel micro-needles. A procedure done in the dermatologist's office will leave you initially bloody, red and possibly swollen for a few days. You should see dramatic results once healed. The procedure is particularly effective in improving skin texture. Even the stars of Hollywood are having Derma Roller treatments to rejuvenate and smooth their skin. Perhaps the most famous celebrities reported include Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
"Theoretically, any injury to the skin should instigate a process of wound healing by stimulating the production of more fibroblasts and collagen," says Denver-based plastic surgeon Dr. Christine Rodgers.
These at-home devices are less invasive than the dermatologist's, but will help increase the levels of collagen and elastin in your skin. In fact, it has very similar results to Laser Treatment, Chemical Peels and Dermabrasion, but is considerably less invasive (without any of the skin trauma - such as peeling) at only a fraction of the cost. Derma Rollers come in various needle lengths - shorter lengths are for facial wrinkles and longer lengths are for severe scarring. It is common knowledge that the body reacts to any injury and triggers the wound healing process. This process of remodeling can go on for up to 12 months after each treatment. Dramatic results can be seen within 6 weeks. For more information, plus videos, please visit the website.
What Size Should I Order? The manufacturer recommends 0.5mm for anti-aging treatments (wrinkles) and light acne scarring. A 1.0mm roller is more suitable for deep acne scarring and surgery scars. A 1.5 mm roller is for very deep scarring. However, we suggest using nothing larger than 0.5mm. Beauty Bloomers thinks larger sizes should be done in the doctor's office.
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