First, I echo Nilou's sentiments re: munsoned. Thanks for sharing! It's rare that someone follows up on a promise. You promised you would document your progress and you have. Very much appreciated.
Thank you a.om..I would not say I was going to do something if I did not plan on doing it.
Second, I've just started using a 1.5mm derma roller, on rolling/depressed acne scars, in my temples/upper cheeks. I have some questions/observations which may be of interest and which anyone can answer...
1. Is it really necessary to draw blood?! I've seen videos of "doctors" drawing blood, but also read manufacturer/distributor suggestions that no blood should appear. You should simply get a pinkish hue. The suggestion being that more frequent rolling, without drawing blood, yields the same results over time.
I have heard the same thing a.om..I have even spoke to people who say they used the less aggressive approach and had very good improvements. Personally I have used a more aggressive approach to rupture blood vessels and cells to initiate that cascade of events which in sum is:
Phase I: inflammation, which starts immediately
after the injury
Phase II: proliferation (tissue formation), which
starts after about 5 days and lasts about 8 weeks
Phase III: tissue remodeling, from 8 weeks to
about 1 year
Check the dermarolling support thread at the top of the scar treatment home page. There are some in depth studies ect..you can read through to maybe help you determine what you feel is best. From my own research I determined the more aggressive approach was best.
2. Frequency of use? Perhaps that depends on how deep one goes, but I've seen estimates ranging from rolling 5 times a week, to rolling once every few months. I wish there was a more precise guideline.
I find when I roll/needle I see the best results by being patient and giving my self several months..
3. Post-roll cream? I've seen many suggestions. Some distributors suggest a cream with Vit C and E to stimulate collagen production. Others suggest a placenta cream (placenta being vitamin rich). Has anyone tried placenta cream with success?
I have used C serum. Others use terproline or copper peptides. C serum is easy on my skin so I stick with that.
4. What do you all make of the quality of the derma rollers? As you know, the prices vary considerably... from $10 out of China, up to hundreds of dollars. I wonder aloud if the cheap derma rollers are just as effective. I can't afford to buy and discard derma rollers like I would disposable razors.
I personally buy the some what cheaper models. However I get them here in the states not out of country. But certainly the higher quality rollers probably deliver the treatment a bit better. But like you, due to costs I stick with the cheaper models.
5. I'm just soaking my derma roller in rubbing alcohol for 5-10 mins post-roll. How are you folks disinfecting yours? And how often are you discarding them?
I basicly do the same thing. I let it soak for about 20/30m post roll then let it airdry and put it back in its case. I use my rollers as longas I possibly can. They eventually wear down andwhen that starts to happen I discard it and purchase another.