Genuine Dermaroller is a natural skin regeneration therapy which I would assume most people expect just to be used on the face. You can actually use it on your stretchmarks as well and I have now had my second session at Renew Medica in Knighstbridge as part of my cellulite/stretchmark improvement plan. Renew is housed in an unassuming building in Knightsbridge but once you get there it is actually really nicely decorated and certainly always seems busy when I have been there.
Dermaroller works by causing the skin to regenerate and repair itself with surgical needles gently penetrating the skin which stimulates beneath the dermis and enhances the bloody supply to the area that has been treated. This promotes new skin cell regeneration and more elastin and collagen to be created, therefore technically stimulating new skin and renewing the old stretched out skin that was there before.
This treatment should only be performed by a trained professional at a registered clinic and my treatment was at the Knighstbridge Renew Medical clinic with Dr Toni Phillips. If you want to save a little money you can have the treatment with one of the highly trained nurses at the clinic.
As with last time I was taken to a side room where my stretch marks were appraised, the areas marked which were to be treated and then an anaesthetic cream was applied to the areas. This was then covered in cling film to help it penetrate the skin and I was covered with a towel and left to catch up with some zzz's for around an hour to make sure my skin was fully numbed. I
like having a chit chat with Toni while she does the treatment as she is a lovely and very knowledgeable woman but to be honest the hour of sitting alone with the anaesthetic cream does get a bit boring so remember to keep your phone or a book nearby to amuse you.
Dr Phillips then came and removed the film and the cream then used alcohol wipes to sterilise the area, as I was already aware of the procedure we had a chat and she mentioned the Obagi Nu Derm skincare was great for anti ageing (not for me personally but for older skin in general). My disposable dermaroller had again been ordered in for me which means there is no risk of contamination or infection and as usual the room was clean and serene.
Starting with the left thigh she applied a light pressure with the roller and to begin with it was really painful so we made the decision to leave the anaesthetic cream on a bit longer. If this happens to you you must say something, as you shouldn't feel much. After another 15 minutes we tried again and it was fine. After a few minutes my leg felt warm and then I had the sensation of pins and needles. After a while I started to feel a bit like I had a nettle sting on my leg and that was when the treatment was finished for that leg. The treatment was then repeated on the other with the same feelings. It took approximately 10 minutes for each leg.
The areas were then cleaned up and a layer of Chiroxy cream massaged in which is an oxygenating cream to help heal the skin and prevent infection. Your skin will be red with pinpoint bleeding, nothing to worry about it disappears within a few days. The next day my skin looked pretty much the same and I made sure to apply the Chiroxy cream in the morning to prevent the skin getting too dry. Your skin feels hot to the touch and you do need to ensure that when you shower you only use cool to tepid water and don't get any soap, shower gel etc. on it so I didn't, I can imagine it would have stung like hell!
After 3 days my skin had healed so it was much quicker than the first time.
I have one, possible two more treatments left 6-8 weeks apart but I can already feel the skin is firmer and the texture is smoother. The surface appearance of the stretchmarks is much more flat and they are less noticeable.
Considering I still have 1/2 treatments to have and it is supposed to take 6 months - 1 year to see the final results I am very impressed so far.