Tamaara, lovely to meet another Dermaroller fanatic! So happy that you also had the professional treatments and that you are happy with them. It's also great that I am not the only one trying to convince people to see a professional instead of attempting at home treatments. I wish you all the very best! xx
Thanks Quirky Fox ! It's true, I'm a huge dermaroller fan. Can't wait to do new sessions in October and see even more improvement. I agree with you, all this procedures are delicate for your skin and there is a good reason why original dermaroller doesn't sell long needles for home use! If you want original, you can only get it done professionally.
I had 3 treatments so far. My dermatologist actually told me 3 is maximum, since they believe this is all you need and your skin isn't getting any better with higher number of treatments. What is your experience? I can see you did it 5 times. Is there a big difference between 3 and 5?
Thanks a lot
Interesting that they told you 3 was max. For me it was a maximum of 6 but to take it to at least 5 to see what the outcome was then. I didn't see much in the way of improvements after two sessions and was feeling like I'd made the wrong choice. But after the 3rd, 4th and 5th sessions I was amazed. It took time to really see the results. I am still seeing improvements even now and have decided to wait until the end of Winter to gauge my final results before I think about whether I need to do any other kind of treatment.
Hey Quirky Fox,
I am interested in knowing more about your dermarolling treatments. I am in New Zealand and am wondering how to find a good practitioner. Do you know what training your person has, and what length needles she uses? Could you describe what a treatment involves- like how many times she rolls each part of the face, does she go both horizontal and vertical with the roller etc? Did she come recommended to you or did you just find her by chance? Thanks!
The fantastic thing about original, genuine Dermaroller treatments is that all practitioners are trained to a specific "code of use" so for argument's sake you could say that they all do the treatments the same way. They are almost like a cult, lol, only a good one. The original Dermaroller (www.dermaroller.de) is the only device here in Australia that is registered as an approved medical device. No other rollers are. All you have to remember is to look for the original German made Dermaroller and you'll be sweet.
The treatment is awesome. They clean and numb your face prior to treatment and then commence rolling. I believe, from guesswork, she rolled each part of my skin horizontally and vertically four times, but don't quote me as I could be wrong. There is a little pain but it's bearable; it was mostly near my nose and sides of my lips that were a little ouchy but it's nothing terrible. I didn't feel anything on my cheeks and forehead. There will be blood, but this is a good sign. It's called "spot bleeding" and stops completely within 20 mins or so. I never left the clinic with blood on my face. It wasn't really until my 3rd to 5th treatments that there was really any blood anyway as these treatments were more aggressive. They step you into the process, so the first few treatments are lighter, then they work your way up to the most aggressive stage of rolling.
The needle length is 1.5mm and there are exactly 192 needles on the roller. I believe that they do make a 2.00mm but this is reserved for burn victims I think. Anyway, 1.5mm is the absolute max! Lengths less than this will still promote collagen formation but they will not break up scar tissue.
As for the clinic I was super picky. I knew that all the practitioners were fully trained but I wanted someone who wasn't just in it for the money. I wanted someone who took my concerns seriously. So I emailed and called lots of clinics in the area and basically judged them by their responses. The lady I see now was the only one who actually called me and spoke to me for a whole hour without making me feel like I was just part of her job. She didn't get paid for that hour! I then decided to see her and I haven't looked back.
Call Dermaroller in New Zealand! The number is 0508 799 709 or, find a clinic on their website (same one as the Aussie site). xx
My Skin Care Regime
** Morning **
1. DermaQuest C3 Cleanser
2. DermaQuest Niacinamide B3 serum
3. DermaQuest C3 serum (Vitamin C)
4. DermaQuest Stem Cell 3D Daily Moisturiser (tinted) SPF 15 or
DermaQuest Daily Moisturising Lotion SPF 15 (on weekends)
** Makeup **
1. DermaQuest DermaPerfection Primer
2. Dermablend Smooth Indulgence Foundation SPF 15
3. Dermablend Setting Powder
** Night **
1. DermaQuest C3 Cleanser
2. DermaQuest Algae Facial Scrub (every second night)
3. DermaQuest Niacinamide B3 serum
4. DermaQuest Retexture serum (Vitamin A) (every second night)
5. DermaQuest Skin Rehydrating Serum (every other night)
6. DermaQuest Clarifying Pads (5% salicylic acid) (for my biggest acne prone areas)
7. DermaQuest DermaClear TX (for acne spots)
8. Swisse Ultiboost Hair Skin and Nails (vitamin supplement)
*** Current Treatment Plan ***
2010-2011: 5 x Fraxel Re:Store sessions - maybe 10-15% improvement.
2012-2013: 5 x Dermaroller sessions - at least 70% improvement!
2013: One eDermastamp treatment down, one more to go in Oct!