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Derma roller: Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT)

Derma roller side effects
Dr Bk Garg : 13 January 2021

The skincare industry has been introducing various effective skincare treatments to improve skin health by exploring potential therapies based on controlled skin wounding. These therapies promote the natural growth of collagen in the skin. Derma roller with microneedling principle is one the most popular CIT therapy today.

If you are suffering from skin problems such as acne, sun damage, aging spots, scars, uneven skin tone and texture, then you’ll want to explore the possibility of micro-needling. Dermal roller will offer great relief from all of these skin conditions with its unique Collagen induction therapy.

What is microneedling?

Microneedling is known for stimulating collagen production. The technique involves using tiny needles to create perforation on your skin. This micro-perforation then allows deeper penetration of active ingredients and delivers significant results.

The process stimulates a natural wound healing response, encourages an even deposition of collagen and elastin and promotes the release of several growth factors. Collagen is an essential protein that helps maintain skin’s firmness, youthfulness and smoothness. It thus promotes skin restoration, reduces wrinkles, and tightens skin tissue. As a result, you will see a healthier, youthful and glowing skin in no time.

Dermarollers are nothing but a microneedling pen. These are electrically powered, hand-operated, lightweight and easy to use devices. It is recommended for the following:

  • Skin rejuvenation
  • Improving skin texture and skin tone
  • Reducing scars, acne, dark circles, pigmentation, and uneven skin tone
  • Reducing stretch marks
  • Improving cellular communication
  • Enhancing skin’s health, giving your firmer, younger-looking skin

Dermarollers offer the ability to control speed and pressure of the device and it is safe to use. It is a versatile, non-invasive, and chemical-free procedure. There are very few side effects and can be minimized with the help of a professional skin expert.

Many dermaroller offer the flexibility of being wireless and are comfortable to use on your face, neck, etc. Moreover, few Derma rollers play a dual role of microneedling and introducing the active ingredients during the derma-rolling process. This optimizes the results and minimizes the efforts.

Dermaroller cost:
Dermaroller cost starts from 1000/ rupees for home rollers devices depending upon the brand, features offered, material used, etc. There are several types of derma rollers available to suit your needs. The cost of micro-needling sessions at a reputed clinic ranges between 1500 to 3000 rupees per session. This cost depends on the clinic, target area, type of skin concern, etc.

You can see mild to moderate improvements in your skin within 3 to 4 months. Microneedling has been found to be more effective for rolling and boxcar scars, and relatively less effective in ice-pick scars. One requires at least 4 to 6 sessions for significant skin texture and changes. As per studies people have reported seeing 45% to 55% improvement in 12 weeks after a microneedling treatment.

Procedure for microneedling

In the clinic, first, your skin specialist will cleanse your skin/target area and a numbing cream is applied. This will lessen the discomfort and you will not feel any pain. Next, your skin expert will use a professional micro-needling device to create microchannels on your skin. Total treatment will take around 30 to 40 min and there is no downtime.

The device will create small channels in your skin and the skin starts producing more collagen and elastin. The body will thus form a new skin layer, which is smoother and evenly toned than before.

Based on your skin concern, approximately four to six sessions are required for optimum results.

Targeted areas for microneedling

Microneedling for eye contour minimizes fine lines, wrinkles and delivers tighter healthier-looking skin. The technique also delivers excellent results after treating sun-damaged skin or darker skin tone. It can be used for the face, neck, hands, and stomach (for stretch marks), breasts, back, etc.

Are there any risks or side effects?

Derma roller side effects for Skin:
Post-treatment, you may experience slight redness on the skin and the skin may feel dry for the next few days. Your skin will also be sensitive to the Sun and it is better to avoid direct sun exposure for a few days. Other derma roller side effects on the skin include temporary skin irritation or infection in some cases. You can use ice packs to soothe your skin.

Bleeding after micro-needling is very rare. You can discuss the risk factors with your skin specialist and ways to minimize these.

Microneedling vs. home rollers

At home, one needs to follow the home care skin regime before starting with the procedure. One can use a hand-operated Derma Roller pen for micro needling. These devices are easy to use but have certain limitations. It is safe for most skin problems, however, if you have eczema, severe acne problems, dermatitis, it is advisable to seek professional advice.

The professional micro-needling devices used in the Clinic are considered more effective and more beneficial than home rollers. Home rollers can be used for glowing skin, minimizing acne, pigmentation, or scars to some extent. Whereas, the professional devices offer reduced appearance of scars and stretch marks, lightened pigmentation, minimized fine lines and wrinkles in no time.


The micro-needling treatment benefits in reducing imperfections of your skin and offers a solution to most of the skin problems. The treatment is quick, has less downtime, and very few side effects. It can be used to target many areas simultaneously and can be applied to larger areas too. You can see the results instantaneously.

Dr. B K Garg is a Plastic and Cosmetic surgeon practicing in New Delhi with over two decades of experience. He is known for his unparalleled passion for plastic surgery and aesthetic solutions. If you are considering cosmetic surgery in Delhi or Gurugram, visit Dr. Garg for consultation. Seeing an expert in the field will improve the results and help minimize the risk.

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