Dermal Rolling

Dermal rollers work by stimulating the skin cells (keratinocytes) to release certain growth factors and cytokines. It is these released factors which stimulate the skin to develops more collagen. The rollers also work to stimulating the melanosomes which helps to even out skin colour. Skin cells can be stimulated through various mechanical means such as laser, IPL, or dermal rollers.

The science behind dermal rolling has been documented over the past 10 years. The initial rollers were 3mm in length, required “awake sedation” and a lengthy recovery time. This initial work by Dr. Fernandes showed improvement in collagen formation in the skin but the aggressive treatments, requirement of heavy sedation and lots of bleeding discouraged widespread adoption of the technique.
Further research has revealed that much shorter needles induce the same degree of collagen formation in the skin with much less pain and less down time. Indeed, some of the shorter rollers are available for at home.

To optimize the health of your skin requires one to eat a well balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals, to topically apply creams containing vitamin A and C and copper peptides, to participate in daily aerobic exercise, and to never smoke. Bypassing any one of these steps has a negative impact on the skin. 

The major advantage of dermal rolling is that it is much less expensive and has none of the risks of laser or IPL treatments AND Dermal rolling is safe to use in the periorbital region. The fragile skin surrounding the eye is a source of dispair for many patients. Neither laser nor IPL can be used in this area. Fillers are not recommended for this area and creams can only take one so far — but dermal rollers allow treatment of this delicate skin.

Medical grade rollers are longer 1.0 mm (and longer), require the use of local anaesthic creams and must be used by physicians trained in their use. Skin should be rolled with the medical grade rollers no more often than monthly but can be rolled nightly with the cosmetic length of 0.3 mm rollers.
Regardless of the length of needle used, the results take a period of up to 8 months before the effects are obvious, so patience is a necessity.

Please feel free to contact us if you have further questions about dermal rolling and how it works.

What is Rolling used for?

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Irregular pigmentation
  • Facial contouring


What size needles are used?

Medical grade rollers are 1.0 mm (and longer), require the use of local anaesthic creams and
must be used by physicians trained in their use. 

Are there any side effects?
When will I see results?

Real Results