Dermal Roller For Stretch Marks And Smokers Lines

Introducing New Dermal Roller For Stretch Marks And Smokers Lines.

Afterglow is pleased to offer a new treatment. Microneedling for the treatment of stretch marks and Smokers lines using a dermal roller.

This simple minimally invasive procedure was designed by a plastic surgeon in South Africa, Dr Des Fernandes.

PCI or skin needling is a safe and minimally invasive alternative to more abrasive and invasive procedures. The simple technique involves a hand-held roller tool with rows of fine 1mm needles that create minute channels into the dermis, inducing a natural process of skin rejuvenation. Needling of the skin creates tiny areas of trauma that initiate a natural process of healing which releases numerous growth factors and also stimulates the production of collagen and elastin. As a result, the skin becomes smoother and tighter, without any damage to the overlying epidermis.

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The epidermis is 0.2 mm thick and should at all times be kept intact to protect us from the environment and UV rays. Essentially one would aim for a thick, healthy outer layer of skin with collagen and elastin in the dermis and a good blood supply. The best way to achieve this is to feed the skin topically with vitamin A and antioxidant vitamin C, E and beta-carotene.

Topical vitamin A is well known for its skin normalizing effects, however, when it comes to wrinkles and sagging of the skin, the problems are in the dermis where collagen has been damaged and has become thinner. Percutaneous Collagen Induction is the ideal technique for treating wrinkles and shallow scars. The procedure is done with a topical anaesthetic.

Needling released growth factors which created high levels of collagen and elastin resulting in diminishing the appearance of smokers lines and stretch marks. Optimum levels of new collagen and elastin can be seen after 5 months.

Typical candidates for this procedure are men and women with deep smokers lines which are otherwise difficult to erase with fillers and botox as well as patients who cannot afford the long recovery times associated with resurfacing procedures. Patients with dark skins,stretch marks and pigmentation issues are also good candidates for this procedure.

Results are long lasting and does not require regular maintenance.

For further information about this novel procedure please refer to our FAQ section.

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How is PCI performed?

A topical anaesthetic is placed on the face and left to activate for 30 minutes. The face is then thoroughly washed with Sebuwash® to remove all the topical anaesthetic. The skin is then rolled with the Roll-Cit™ horizontally, vertically and diagonally. The skin is cleaned with clean swabs and EssentiA® is applied to the skin.

How long does PCI take?

It is advisable to set aside ± two hours for PCI and this includes preparation and treatment.

How does PCI work?

PCI results from the natural response to wounding of the skin, even though the wound is miniscule. Each tiny wound goes through the three classic phases of wound healing;

  • inflammation
  • proliferation (tissue formation)
  • tissue remodeling

Each needle prick minutely injures the upper 0.5 mm of the dermis, causing some localized damage and bleeding. This in turn promotes the normal posttraumatic release of growth factors and infiltration of fibroblasts causing them to produce more collagen and elastin. Needling only penetrates through the epidermis and does not remove it, so the tiny punctures will rapidly heal. As a result of slight swelling, the holes close quickly. With thousands of small holes placed next to each other the effects virtually merge and a sheet of collagen will be laid down in the area just below the epidermis. Collagen slowly shortens after a few months and so the skin tightening is progressive.

How do I treat my skin after PCI?

Immediately after needling the skin is cleaned with Sebuwash ,apply Moisture gel EssentiaA or his own step-up products (his home care products and avoid using the AHA for 1 day) .The client should take a tepid shower that evening and ensure that all the little bumps from the oozing are removed and EssentiaA or his own products is placed once again on the skin. Use a clean pillow- case, avoid direct sunlight and contact with cats and dogs for a day or two.

How long will I take to recover?

Immediately after the treatment, the skin is slightly pink and the patient may return to work the following day. It is important for the client to cover their skin with EssentiA® and Anti-Oxidant Gel® to promote better healing and even better production of collagen. Again the patients uses his home care products regularly.

What is PCI indicated for?

  • to restore skin tightness in the early stages of ageing
  • people with very thin skin
  • acne scarring
  • fine wrinkles
  • lax skin
  • hypo-pigmentation
  • stretch marks
  • scaring e.g. burn, surgery
  • telangiectasia

How many treatments?

One treatment alone may not make a dramatic enough change; so many clients may wish to repeat the procedure to get the desired results. Each client will purchase and keep their own Roll-Cit™ and cleaning solution, the Roll-Cit™ may be used for up to six treatments, the treatments may be done as soon as one week apart, depending on the condition of the skin.

What results could I expect from PCI?

PCI thickens and rejuvenates the skin, reduces pigmentation marks and diminishes the appearance of dilated blood vessels (telangirctasia/couperose). The results of the treatment are ongoing and endure for many years, with the understanding that the long-term outcome is utterly dependant on and enhanced with the continued use of vitamin A, C, E and anti-oxidants to provide food and protection to the skin.