Derma Roller Overview
A derma roller is a hand-held device that contains tiny, wafer-like needles that penetrate the top layer of skin. This treatment process, commonly referred to as micro-needling or skin needling, can be used to treat various conditions, mostly related to scarring or aging. This non-invasive therapy causes minute injury to the dermis, which results in the body’s wound healing process known as “neo-collagenesis,” or production of collagen in the skin.
Dr. Vallecillos utilizes medical and surgical derma roller therapy as a part of his surgical armamentarium. The procedure can either be performed as an adjunct to applicable surgical procedures or independently in cases where the skin integrity has been compromised as a consequence of a number of factors including:
- Chronic illness
- Massive weight gain followed by loss
- Generalized poor skin elasticity
- Peri-oral wrinkles
- Child rearing
- Stretch marks
- Facial & generalized scars
- Acne scars
Note, the cosmetic derma roller is a distinct treatment with different goals and results altogether. This procedure may be performed at home without medical supervision and markedly increases the amount of absorption of skincare products when performed directly prior to skin care product application. Anti-aging and moisturizing creams that have essential nutrients do not effectively penetrate deeper layers of the skin to generate ultimate results. However, unlike simply applying the cream on the top layer of skin, a derma roller allows for the nutrients to infiltrate and reach further into the skin. This facilitates healthy skin all round.
Dr. Vallecillos will recommend a proprietary skin care regime to prepare the skin before the procedure.
A topical anesthesia will be applied.
- Derma roller therapy is most commonly performed in conjunction with facelift surgery, and over areas with scars or stretch marks (e.g. breast, abdomen). Additionally, the procedure is combined with fractionated laser resurfacing (in qualifying patients with amenable skin types) to create a truly comprehensive skin resurfacing and regeneration system of the highest order.
- The derma roller is applied in a rolling motion over the areas to be treated. The entire procedure generally lasts from ten minutes to just under an hour, depending on the size of the treatment area.
Derma Roller FAQ
Who is a candidate for derma roller therapy?
You should consider derma roller therapy if you suffer from scars, deep skin scarring, stretch marks, wrinkles and facial lines brought on by aging.
What is the recovery time for derma roller therapy?
The healing period generally ranges from 24 to 72 hours. Patients should avoid sun exposure for 3-5 days following the treatment.
Are there risks or side effects with derma roller therapy?
There are no risks associated with derma roller therapy, although some temporary reddening of the skin may occur. The roller does not cause any permanent damage to the skin, and can be performed on people of all skin types. You should avoid this treatment method if you suffer from any of the following conditions:
- Protruding warts or moles
- Any infections
- Blood clotting conditions
For a comprehensive list, consult with Dr. Vallecillos prior to using a derma roller.
How long do the results last?
Patients may recognize improvements in their skin within a week of beginning treatments, although it varies depending on the type of condition being addressed. It may take months to see significant results. To maximize the production of healthy collagen and elastin, patients should follow the topical skin protocol, as suggested by Dr. Vallecillos, for a minimum of six months after the procedure.
If you are interested in consulting with a professional derma-roller treatment provider, consider Dr. Vallecillos. He is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Beverly Hills specializing in plastic, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. He has years of experience with over 2,000 fractional laser procedures personally performed. For an evaluation, a patient consultant coordinator may be reached at (310) 273-3007.