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Before and After Skin Needling Treatment: Is there any Visible Change?

One of the many questions of first-time users of derma rolling treatment is that – is the procedure safe and effective? Some users even took time to look into the product reviews just to figure out the before and after treatment results. Well, it is good to note that most users of derma rolling treatment are satisfied with the treatment outcome.

So, do you want to know when you will see the visible results after having a derma rolling treatment?  Do you also want to know more about the recent advances and widening coverage of derma rolling treatment? Do you like to learn about the expected results that you can get after the treatment?

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Why derma rolling treatment is effective?

Derma rolling therapy or skin needling is a safe, effective, simple, and minimally invasive treatment. It is used for wide-array of treatment application.  Initially, it was used for skin rejuvenation. But now, it is used effectively for the treatment of post acne scars, post traumatic burn scar, alopecia or hair loss, stretch marks and many others.

Over the last ten years, there are many developments when it comes to this treatment modality.  There are lots of innovations made in the derma roller device. In fact, the derma rolling technique has been combined with surgical technique for a better result.

The continued success of the skin needling treatment can be attributed to its safety profile particularly in managing dark-skinned individuals. People with dark skin are more prone to post-inflammatory pigmentation. This is because their skin type reacts aggressively to any technique that damages the skin.

Relatively, micro needling is a new treatment modality that involves puncturing the superficial layers of the skin.  It is a controlled procedure that uses miniature fine needles. Interestingly, in just a short span of time, it already gained mass popularity.

It is widely accepted as a skin care treatment because it is cheap, effective, simple and safe. It is also a popular treatment choice among dermatologist because it requires minimal training. Traditionally, micro needling is used as treatment for reducing scars and for skin rejuvenation.

But now, it is widely used for transdermal delivery of therapeutic drugs and vaccines. Derma rolling or micro needling treatment is rapidly evolving in terms of its newer dermatological technique, instruments, and applications in the field of dermatology.

What are the expected results after derma rolling treatment?

Wide array of clinical trials have supported the efficacy of derma rolling in treating various skin conditions. There are many supporting evidence that proves its usefulness as a dermatologic treatment. It is tried and tested as a stand-alone treatment but it can also be used in combination with other treatment techniques such as laser therapy, punch elevation, subcision, radiofrequency, platelet rich plasma and chemical peeling. It is also used in combination with topical formulation to enhance its penetration, action and efficacy.

The derma rolling treatment leads to the reorganization of old collagen fibers and stimulates the production of new capillaries, elastin and collagen. This will eventually lead to a skin tightening effects. In fact, after six micro needling sessions, it was observed that there is a significant increase in the level of collagen type I, III and VII.

The new collagen formation leads to a more enhanced and youthful skin appearance. It can effectively reduce wrinkles, scars, and fine lines. It can increase the skin’s elasticity and suppleness. It can even reduce pore size.

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Why topical serums formulations are best use together with micro needling?

The effect of derma rolling therapy is enhanced when used together with topical serums and other topical creams. One of the best topical serums is the anti-aging Vitamin C serum and tretinoin. Other topical formulations includes human embryonic stem cells derived endothelial precursor cell conditioned medium which has proven to be effective in reducing pigmentations and wrinkles.

Topical formulations are effective because it improved the outcome of the treatment.  More so, through derma rolling therapy the potency of the drug is increase. This is because the drug is delivered fast and more efficiently.

When do you need to see the expected results?

The visible results in derma rolling therapy can be seen after a minimum of four to six sessions.  There is also at least four to six week interval in between sessions to allow the complete recovery and healing of the skin. The repair and healing process is quite long because the growth of the new skin cells doesn’t happen overnight.

You also need to wait for the natural healing process of the skin to take place. Nevertheless, the results are permanent and long-lasting. You will also have a more improved and enhanced skin appearance after the treatment.

What are the skin conditions where derma rolling is effective?

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Acne Scars

Derma rolling is most frequently used in treating post acne scars. A lot of clinical trials have proven that it is effective in reducing box scar and rolling scars. It is also safe for all skin types with lesser side effects and minimal downtime.

It can also be used together with CROSS technique, cryotherapy, platelet rich plasma, chemical peels, and subcision. You need at least four sessions to see the visible results with at least one month interval per session.

Post Surgical Scars

Skin needling is also effective in reducing post surgical scars. The treatment is found to be useful in reducing scars and improving its texture and appearance.

Burn Scars

About 80% of burn scars are treated using derma rolling treatment. Studies have shown that it can help normalize the collagen-elastin matrix in the dermis. There is a need for at least 1 year of treatment before you can actually see the outcome.

Take Note

Derma rolling treatment is effective in treating various types of scars and other skin conditions.  The results can be seen after few derma rolling sessions. It also depends on the type of scars incurred. For severe cases, you may need to wait for at least a year before you can see the result.

Works Cited

Aashim Singh and Savita Yadav. (2016). Microneedling: Advances and widening horizons. Indian Dermatol Online J. , 244–254.

Byalekere Shivanna Chandrashekar, Rashmi Sriram, Rajdeep Mysore, Sapnashree Bhaskar, and Abhishek Shetty. (2014). Evaluation of Microneedling Fractional Radiofrequency Device for Treatment of Acne Scars. J Cutan Aesthet Surg. , 93–97.

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