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The Dermaroller

Dermaroller Treatments

This incorporates a technique termed ‘micro needling’ to stimulate cell production within the body. It is a form of collagen induction therapy, a mode of treatment which increases a patient’s natural ability to produce collagen. This process also encourages the development of elastin and the formation of new capillaries. Additional modalities such as Laser Genesis work well between Dermaroller treatments to improve fine lines, enlarged pores, uneven skin texture and diffuse redness.

Prescription Skin Care has also experienced great success when using the Dermaroller in scar reduction therapy.

‘Prescription Skin Care offers 3 types of dermarollering treatments. All are administered after topical anaesthetic has been applied. Treatments take approximately an hour and you will be in the clinic for approximately an hour and a half in total. Any area of the body can be treated. Many patients come to us for treatment to the face, neck or decolletage. Smaller areas such as the crows feet, forehead lines or peri-oral (the mouth, nose and nearby area of the cheeks) are also commonly treated on an individual basis.

1. Dermarollering – Using the transdermal medical grade needle on a manual roller, needle lengths are chosen on your skin type, texture, area being treated, the condition you wish to have treated and your desired outcome.

2. Dermastamp – Using a smaller device, the scarred area is stamped onto the skin. Areas treated are anywhere on the body or face where a scar is present.

3. E-Dermastamp – Medical micro needling is carried out with a small handheld machine that allows variable needle lengths to be used on different areas of the face, neck or decolletage. The variable lengths ensure areas that require deeper or finer treatment to take place.

What is a Dermaroller?

The Dermaroller is a transdermal needle roller. It is a specialised medical device, consisting of a short handle attached to a cylindrical drum. The drum is studded with stainless steel needles between 0.5mm and 2mm in length. To utilise the Dermaroller in treatment, a medical practitioner will roll the cylindrical drum across targeted areas of the skin.

How does the Dermaroller work?

The main reason the Dermaroller is so effective is because of its ability to trick the body into thinking it has been wounded and so initiating a natural healing response. Interestingly, this process is marked by small, electric signals in a patient’s skin. The Dermaroller is typically passed over a treatment area 16-20 times, or until petechiae bleeding occurs. Petechiae bleeding is marked by small red dots that appear beneath the skin. The biological term for the initiation of this process is angiogenesis. Micro-channels into the skin are created by the very fine needles. Once the micro-channels have been created a hyaluronic gel is applied for superb hydration effects.

Can anyone perform Dermaroller treatment?

No. The Dermaroller is classed a type IIa medical device. To fully utilise the Dermaroller as a medical treatment, its application must be performed by a specially trained, medical professional. All nurses employed by Prescription Skin Care are trained by plastic surgeon Stephen Gilbert in the art of facial aesthetics. When it comes to Dermalrollering they are trained by the suppliers of Dermaroller which is FDA approved. While purchasing a home care roller system can be an effective means of enhancing the results of medical Dermaroller treatments, this should not be considered analogous to actual collagen induction or scar reduction therapy.

How much does Dermaroller Treatment cost?

The price depends on how big an area you wish to have treated. A one-off treatment is $690. Or you can take a course of 3 full face treatments, each 6 to 8 weeks apart, is $1800 and includes a post-treatment skincare kit of 5 products to use after each session.

Using The Dermaroller In Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT)

Using the Dermaroller in collagen induction therapy has a number of benefits for a patient’s skin. These benefits include;

  • A reduction in the appearance of lines and wrinkles
  • An improvement in skin elasticity and firmness
  • Greater and more natural consistency of skin tone
  • A reduction in the size of skin pores
  • More effective balancing of sebum production
  • Less prominent skin pigmentation
  • A strengthened capillary network
  • A means of hair loss therapy
  • Smoother Skin
  • Excellent for fragile skins as it encourages collagen growth which strengthens the tissue
  • Does not damage fine skin

Using the Dermaroller in Scar Reduction Therapy (SRT)

The Dermaroller is also frequently used in scar reduction therapy. This results in a substantial improvement to the appearance of a number of conditions, including;

  • Acne scarring
    • Ice pick scarring
    • Rolling scarring
    • Box car scarring
  • Surgical scars
  • Stretch marks

Is the Dermaroller similar to ablative laser treatments?

Unlike ablative cosmetic procedures that use lasers or fractional lasers to promote collagen production, the Dermaroller stimulates the formation of new bodily tissue. This means that the Dermaroller can greatly improve the texture of skin without having to damage it. Ablative lasers can be painful with long healing times. The skin is more sensitive to the sun after treatments and for longer. There are risks of scarring with ablative laser and the skin can become thinner rather than thicker.

History of the Dermaroller

While the Dermaroller is a relatively recent medical innovation, being invented in the year 2000, the basic concept of skin needling has actually been around for centuries. This type of treatment has its primary origins in Asia, specifically in the medical practices associated with acupuncture. The Dermaroller itself was engineered in Germany, and is currently the only skin needling device listed with The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration and The American Food and Drug Administration. Being such a recent innovation, Prescription Skin Care are proud to host some of the only medical clinics capable of offering this treatment.

Are there any side effects associated with Dermaroller use?

While patients are likely to notice some mild redness and sometimes mild swelling in their skin following treatment, this should not be expected to last longer than 24 hours. In excess of 150 000 of these treatments have been performed worldwide, and not a single, negative side effect has been reported.

How can I get the most out of Dermaroller treatments?

The use of mineral make up can assist this healing process, and zinc based sun screen should be applied if going outdoors. Patients should also avoid the use of products containing glycolic acid, retinol and other acids or ‘active’ ingredients. Substitute your normal regime for the use of an anti-inflammatory cleanser to soothe your skin, hyularonic acid to assist in hydration, copper to promote healing and zinc to protect. Consultation with one of Prescription Skin Care’s specialist nurses can assist you in determining the best products for treated skin.


The price depends on how big an area you wish to have treated. A one-off treatment is $690. Or you can take a course of 3 full face treatments, each 6 to 8 weeks apart, is $1800 and includes a post-treatment skincare kit of 5 products to use after each session.

Post-treatment skincare kit

Applying these products for a week after treatment greatly improves results. The kit allows deeper penetration of optimal skin nutrients and includes:

Delicate Skin Cleanser – Soothing with antioxidants to help calm the skin. Gently lifts dirt and debris from the surface of sensitive, irritated and reactive skins.

Advanced B5 Serum – Contains Sodium Hyaluronate, an excellent skin hydrator which holds 1000 times its molecular weight and helps active ingredients effectively penetrate the skin.

Collagen Activating Complex – Includes Actifirm TS, ASC III and support ingredients which maintain and stimulate the skin to achieve a healthy glow, firmness, softness and elasticity.

Antioxidant Soothing Serum – Contains powerful plant extracts and Copper to strengthen the skin and reduce redness associated with skin needling.

Sunscreen – Extra light weight and moisturising with Zinc Oxide to protect against UVA and UVB rays. Cosmetically elegant and hydrating.