Derma rolling is also known as needling or Percutaneous Collagen Induction (PCI), derma rolling has been around for at least the last five years, but a recent interest in DIY med-spa treatments has propelled it back onto the beauty scene, and into the realm of celebrity conjecture. The technique seems oddly primitive, especially in these days of lasers and cosmeceuticals. Its primary tool is a hand-held derma roller, a small, narrow device (rather like a tiny paint roller) studded with almost 200 fine surgical steel micro-needles — common lengths are 0.5 millimeter, 1 millimeter and 1.5 millimeters. (Smaller lengths are designed for the face; longer lengths are used for the body.) The device is rolled over the skin and produces multiple mild pin pricks.
This do-it-yourself technique of derma rolling causes discomfort in the part of the one who does it. Imagine a fine needle puncturing your skin. As suggested, you need to use something in order lessen the pain or totally numb the skin. There are a lot of numbing creams out in the market but you need to find the best. Get the numbing cream with the highest amount of lidocaine approved by the FDA. We have Dr. Numb which is a popular numbing cream. This has been used by a lot of people across the US and Canada and is being used by a lot of people in the whole world as well. This has been proven safe and effective for any painful skin procedures. This numbing cream is being endorsed in many derma clinics, tattoo shops and even spas for their skin treatments.
South African plastic surgeon Dr. Des Fernandes pioneered derma rolling, and a study conducted in South Africa and Germany and published in 2008 evaluated its effects on 480 people. Each participant first applied topical vitamin A and C creams, then each was treated with a derma roller up to four times weekly for four weeks. Scientists evaluated tissue samples from 20 participants and found a “considerable increase in collagen and elastin,” according to the report.
Plastic surgeon Leonard B. Miller, clinical instructor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, offers Percutaneous Collagen Induction treatments at his practice and says the procedure is particularly effective in improving skin texture and reducing wrinkles on the forehead. But he emphasizes that not all skin reacts the same way — some will have excellent results while others may see little change.