Medical needling is a minimally invasive treatment which uses the body’s own healing response to generate an improvement in skin texture. It can help the appearance of scars, acne scars and stretch marks.

How does the Dermaroller work?

The Dermaroller is a medical roller with a roller head sized ranging from 10mm to 20mm. The roller head is equipped with sterilized needles whose sizes range from 0.2mm to 2.5mm. The rollers are designed for a single use. These medical devices can only be supplied to doctors and medical practices.

By rolling the Dermaroller over targeted areas of your skin, we can create numerous tiny wounds to provoke a healing and repairing response in the skin; this leads to new collagen formation. This response is gradual over many weeks and some people produce this response better than others.

Can Dermaroller treatment help me?

If you scars, acne scars or stretch marks, or you would like to improve the texture and appearance of your skin then a Dermaroller treatment may be the right treatment choice for you. We would generally recommend two to three treatments at eight- to ten-week intervals to achieve the optimum results.

Why come to the Cosmetic Dermatology Clinic for chemical peels?

The Cosmetic Dermatology Clinic has been providing professional consultant dermatologist appointments and treatments at the Royal Free Hospital in London since 1995. During this time, our team have collectively treated tens of thousands of patients and this wealth of experience will help us give you the best possible outcome.

Dermaroller - Frequently Asked Questions

Is the treatment painful?

Before carrying out a Dermaroller treatment, we will choose a roller head with sterilized needles of a length that we feel will best meet your needs and ensure a comfortable treatment. Local anesthesia is usually achieved by applying anesthetic creams into the skin – this should enhance your level of comfort.

What are the risks?

The most important risk is the possibility of a skin infection through the tiny wounds. The procedure is conducted in a sterile way but is important you follow the aftercare advice carefully. If you have ever had a cold sore, it is very important to mention this to the doctor. You should not have the procedure if you have any skin infections, or any people sharing your household have.

What do I need to know about aftercare?

Your new skin will appear red. This is normal and should be expected. Any excessive redness, tenderness, swelling, pus or bleeding should be reported to the clinic during office hours on 020 7435 7521.

Wash your hands before touching your face. Apply Aqueous cream, or any other moisturiser recommended by your doctor, liberally to keep the skin moist throughout the day. The skin should not be allowed to dry out. At bedtime, reapply Aqueous cream liberally. This moisturiser should be from a new unopened container and for your use only.

You may shower daily, but avoid wetting the treated areas for three days. After three days, the face may be rinsed lightly with water but the skin should not be rubbed. Do not use soap or any other product, including makeup, on treated areas until skin is completely healed. If stinging occurs when you resume using makeup, remove it and try again in three days. You may shampoo your hair after the third postoperative day but avoid water or shampoo running onto treated areas. For men, no shaving for five to seven days. Do not use Retin-A and glycolic acid products until your skin has completely healed.

Avoid any unnecessary touching or rubbing of the face. Scratching and peeling at scabs may cause scars or hyperpigmentation. Avoid physical exertion for one to two weeks so as not to perspire. After the skin is healed a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher must be applied daily when outdoors. Direct sun exposure must be avoided completely for at least two months.

If you would like to arrange a consultation, please call 020 7435 7521 or fill out the form at the top of this page.