Dermaroller microneedling – does it hurt and does it work?

Aurora Skin Clinics; Banner showing Dermaroller Nov 19th

With its needle-studded roller, you’d be forgiven for thinking Dermaroller microneedling might be a bit, well… scary. But what’s it really like to have Dermaroller treatment, and does it work? 

We must admit, someone approaching your face with a needle-covered roller sounds like a scene from Saw VI (or whatever the latest instalment is).

But like a lot of things in life, the reality is nowhere near as drastic as you imagine. Once you know more about the treatment, it helps take the sting out of it (no pun intended).

Since knowledge is power, let’s take a look at what’s involved in Dermaroller treatment and what results you can expect.

How does Dermaroller microneedling work?

Aurora Skin Clinics: Photo showing Dermaroller microneedling

Once the skin’s been numbed with a topical cream, treatment can start.

The Dermaroller is briskly and repeatedly passed over the surface of the skin, making tiny punctures as it goes.

Over the next few weeks, these ‘wounds’ kickstart a repair response in the top layers of the skin, the epidermis and dermis.

The skin pumps out growth factors to boost production of collagen and elastin. Together, these not only encourage scarless healing, but also – and this is the kicker – help thicken the skin.

In one study, Dermaroller microneedling was found to increase epidermal thickness by a massive 140%. What’s more, the collagen bundles in the skin thickened too.

And this is the secret to Dermaroller’s success.

Thicker skin is bouncier, springier – and more youthful. Existing scars, creases, stretch marks and other indentations are effectively ‘ironed out’ when skin gets thicker (not a technical term, but you get the principle).

This doesn’t necessarily mean they disappear completely, but they become shallower and less noticeable.

Thicker skin is also more resilient to forming new wrinkles (think scrunching up a quilt vs scrunching up a sheet). So it’s a great treatment for skin maintenance too.

And that’s not all. If you use topical anti-ageing serums and creams, the micro-channels created by Dermaroller microneedling enhance their penetration into the skin.

It’s been found that up to 80% of product can penetrate the skin after Dermaroller treatment, compared with the usual 7-10%. So it dramatically increases the effectiveness of any products you use.

This all sounds great – but does it hurt!?

Aurora Skin Clinics: Photo showing Dermaroller treatmentNow, we like to think we’re friends. And as friends, we have to tell you – the treatment does involve some minor discomfort.

We wouldn’t call it pain, but we wouldn’t call it pleasure either!

Numbing cream is applied all over the area to be treated, and given plenty of time to kick in. This really helps, but you won’t be completely without sensation. You’ll still be able to feel the pressure and movement of the roller.

And after treatment, your skin will be red and tingly for a while – almost like sunburn. You may have some mild inflammation too. But for most people, these after effects will resolve within a day or two.

Everyone is different, so the reality is that everyone will experience treatment differently.

But the fact that plenty of our patients come back to us for regular Dermaroller microneedling treatment, and indeed several of the Aurora team regularly have it, tells you it can’t be too bad!

What’s that famous quote again? “Discomfort is temporary. Beauty is forever” – or something…

Find out more

If you’d like to find out more about Dermaroller microneedling and whether it could be suitable for you, why not book a free consultation? We can discuss what you’d like to achieve and talk you through treatment in more detail. Give us a call on 01844 318825 or fill in our quick contact form and a member of the team will be in touch.