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Dermarolling / Microneedling / Re: Max number of pricks per square cm?
« on: September 11, 2013, 10:42:58 PM »
Yeah, I will pass on the Retin-A. I used the suction 3 or 4 times so far, but it did not seem to do anything. Since it doubled the downtime (due to bruising), I skipped it the last few sessions. I will probably alternate and every so often if I have some extra free time.

Dermarolling / Microneedling / Re: Max number of pricks per square cm?
« on: September 10, 2013, 10:39:22 PM »

Thanks. I have mostly rolling acne scars, but one or two boxcar. I will look into the Retin-A cream, but have to be careful since I have sensitive skin and mild rosacea (mostly due to harsh products and procedures used to treat scars).

I will try 20 stamps and single needling some of the scars at various angles. I will increase from 10 to 13 to 16 to 20 over the next few sessions. I do it every 6 weeks with 2.0mm needles.

Dermarolling / Microneedling / Max number of pricks per square cm?
« on: September 09, 2013, 02:40:53 PM »
I am doing 10 stamps in the same spot, which is probably an upper bound per the documentation. However, I still have not seen any noticeable results after 9 months. I seem to tolerate this level well, so I was wondering if I could go to 12 or more stamps in the same spot?

For subcision, the cuts are pulled away by suctioning them (force is normal the cut). This makes sense. However, for needling the suctioning is "in-line" with the cut. Therefore, nothing is really being pulled apart.

So why would we expect the suctioning method to work at all? The reason I ask is that I decided to just go for this method from the start. The problem is that it creates a lot of redness and bruising and its hard to work and go in public like this. So I am just wondering if there is any real benefit. It just doesn't seem at all like the approach used for subcision. I have seen some success stories, but who knows if needling alone would have had the same benefit.

Is the current belief to just "give it a shot" and hope for the best? Is there a logical reason to expect suctioning would work in conjunction with needling?

Dermarolling / Microneedling / Re: Why don't you sell 2.5 mm needles?
« on: March 07, 2013, 12:33:35 AM »
I just completed my second session with a 2mm stamp. There may be some improvement from the first session, but hard to tell. A friend of mine did say she noticed my scars appeared better so it is possible. I will give it some time with the 2mm. I was just curious about the 2.5 for this particular situation. I will definitely report back results in time, but so far nothing definitive to report.

Dermarolling / Microneedling / Why don't you sell 2.5 mm needles?
« on: March 04, 2013, 12:02:55 AM »

I guess I was vague. I am already using a dermastamp and am referring to using a 2.5mm dermastamp as opposed to the 2.0mm for the cheek (male with thicker skin). The 2.5 is not available from you so maybe the question is out of bounds.

Dermarolling / Microneedling / Why don't you sell 2.5 mm needles?
« on: March 02, 2013, 12:59:27 AM »
I know that 2.0mm is the longest length recommended on this site.

But what about for males with relatively thick skin. Could the cheek area (deep acne scars) benefit from a 2.5mm length?

Dermarolling / Microneedling / Acne Scar on Nose
« on: January 25, 2013, 02:27:55 PM »
I am aware that needling on the nose can make things worse, but I decided to give it a go with a 1mm dermastamp.

It is a rolling scar that looks a little worse now after a couple weeks. I am wondering could this have actually made things worse? What would be the modality (reason) for it to perhaps become worse? That is the part I do not understand?

Dermarolling / Microneedling / Re: .25 vs .5 for epidermis
« on: January 25, 2013, 12:12:44 PM »
Few questions:

- To thicken the epidermis and improve skin texture/tone, does the needle need to at least reach the dermis? Otherwise, wouldn't you just be poking dead skin? Would any "signals" to change actually occur?

- Since the dermaroller does not penetrate the full depth of the needle, then only about .1 to .15mm (approx) would be the depth of the penetration. This is still small compared to the epidermis thickness.

- Would a large dermastamp be better to control the depth then?

Dermarolling / Microneedling / Re: How much Bruising with Suction Method?
« on: January 21, 2013, 11:22:55 AM »
I did the suction the next day in a handful of spots. I didn't get bruising, but it got more red and aggravated. Similar type of experience. Thanks for the help.

Dermarolling / Microneedling / Re: .25 vs .5 for epidermis
« on: January 20, 2013, 11:39:10 PM »
But does a .2 (or .25 mm) needle length actually penetrate to the same distance as the needle length? Is it possible that is does not penetrate the full depth when rolling. This could be to the skin resisting the pressure to puncture (i.e. it bends but not breaks).

Dermarolling / Microneedling / Snapping/Crackling Sound
« on: January 14, 2013, 04:05:20 PM »
1. Is the snapping/crackling sound you hear (dermastamp) really scar tissue being broken up? It seems I can hear this on good skin too.

2. If the scar tissue is being broken up (loosened) wouldn't the results be more immediate than if due to collagen induction? If I am hearing a lot of snapping, would this mean I should expect results sooner?

Dermarolling / Microneedling / .25 vs .5 for epidermis
« on: January 13, 2013, 06:19:08 PM »
If I am looking to improve skin tone, texture, and epidermis thickness, it seems the .25 and .50 are options.

I would like to use the .5 (maybe it would be better?), but I get a little pink for about 5 days. I am wondering if the .25 would be effective for this or are the needles just too short to help very much?

Dermarolling / Microneedling / Re: How much Bruising with Suction Method?
« on: January 10, 2013, 07:57:27 PM »
Im a guy so make up usually looks worse than the bruise itself. And I have a lot of scars!

How long does it usually take to heal from the bruise? I guess that depends on a lot of things though.

Question: Should we take any supplements that might help to avoid bruising or reduce the severity of the bruise? For example, I have heard that high doses of Vit C can reduce bruising.

Dermarolling / Microneedling / Re: Saline injections for acne scars
« on: January 09, 2013, 11:43:35 PM »
Wow, .5 to 1.0cc is quite a bit. Has anyone else injected this much? It will definitely raise the area quite a bit. From some previous posters, it *seemed* like they injected much less.

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