*WHAT IS DERMAROLLER?

It’s no secret that I’m concerned with my appearance – I’ve previously gone under the needle for lip fillers, and I’m already toying with the idea of having some Botox under my eyes. Even though I’m only 23, I’m convinced I can already see signs of ageing starting to appear, which puts the absolute fear of God into me – which is how, on a quest to banish the wrinkles, I began researching laser treatments and dermarolling. Google really is your friend…

Hailed as one of the biggest ways to fight back against wrinkles, sagging skin, and other unwanted skin issues, laser treatments are usually the go-to option for those wanting a fix for problem areas. However, it’s said that Dermaroller treatment is equally as effective.

Dermaroller

DERMAROLLER IN A CLINIC

A Dermaroller is a small device with little needles attached to it. There are some made for at-home use, but if you want to reduce both discomfort during the procedure and possible infection risk after, you’re best off to have it done in a clinic – frankly, I think that’s the best course of action. Professional clinical treatment can also be tailored to your needs more easily, especially as far as the needle sizes go (eek)…

When you go in for your clinical appointment, your technician will make sure that the topical anesthetic is working before they start rolling the device over the treatment area – so you shouldn’t feel much pain, which is always a plus. After the needles put small puncture marks in your skin, the technician will use sterile gauze to stop the bleeding and send you home with instructions for how to care for your skin while it heals.

It’s that healing process that is so important for your general skin health. During it, your body will be triggered to make elastin, collagen, and more healthy materials in an effort to repair the holes. In the process, surrounding cells will also be strengthened and repaired, reversing some of the damage that existed before your appointment.

DERMAROLLER VS LASER TREATMENT

Afraid of needles? Personally (having had fillers, tattoos and numerous piercings) I’m not too fussed, but I’ve got several friends who would outright freak at the thought of derma rolling – so laser treatments might appeal to you more instead.

Leaning more towards the use of cosmetic laser equipment, now that you fully understand how Dermaroller is performed? You may want to rethink – especially if your skin is dark or oily. Many types of laser devices have better track records when it comes to treating lighter skin – lasers can disrupt melanin pockets in darker-skinned people, leaving them with light patches of skin throughout the treated area.

Additionally, those with a dark complexion can often also have oily skin, and are prone to acne outbreaks. Lasers may aggravate oil glands, and they can even heat up skin oil causing burns under some circumstances. So, although they are excellent treatments for many people, there may be better options, depending on your situation…

So what does it all boil down to? Before picking between the two, have a think about more than just the wrinkles or other skin problems you want to treat. Your skin color and the quality of your skin are also important – if it’s too oily, too dry, or too flaky, it could disqualify you from being a good candidate for certain procedures.

The best way to find the right procedure for you? Ask a Dermatologist or skincare clinic for help. Then you can start to improve your skin quality and restore your confidence – if I take the plunge, I’ll let you guys know!

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