Derma rolling is a simple and cost-effective method that many people have turned to for a range of problems. Derma rolling or micro needling is when a roller with hundreds of tiny needles are used to treat the area that is affected. Micro needling has been used to treat acne scars, stretch marks, wrinkles and fine lines. When it comes to stretch marks, derma rolling has a competitive advantage compared to other options that are extremely expensive with close to no results.
What exactly is cellulite?
Cellulite is a situation where the skin appears lumpy and it normally happens when fat has pushed past the connective tissue that lies just below the skin. Around 90% of all women will deal with some amount of cellulite at some point in their life. Even relatively thin women who are young sometimes have to deal with this condition. You will mostly find this condition in either the buttocks or the thighs. Cellulite is also known as orange-peel skin because of the texture of the skin in the area where the condition is seen. Cellulite mostly commonly plagues women and can be treated in numerous ways.
Why are derma rollers a good option for people with cellulite?
Cellulite normally occurs when people lead an inactive lifestyle and have a lot of unhealthy foods in their diet. The reason why attention is moving to derma rollers in regard to treatment is because most other options only work temporarily if they do work at all.
The texture of the skin in the area where the condition lies is extremely lumpy and loose. Micro needling is a treatment that is known to make the skin firmer and stronger. During a session of micro needling, the needles on the roller prick the skin to form minute injuries or wounds in the layers of the skin. These tiny wounds then result in the natural reaction of the skin to produce more collagen. Increased collagen production is related to having healthier skin. This is because what is happening during a derma rolling session is there are tiny pathways made in the layers of the skin. These pathways are going through the damaged layers so when new collagen is formed it results in healthier, firmer skin. Since the main unattractive effect of cellulite is having lumpy skin, derma rolling does serve as a great option since its main effect is making the skin firmer. Derma rolling makes this lump and dimpled skin, thicker and firmer which improves the condition a lot.
What are the other benefits of a derma roller for cellulite?
If you are using a derma roller along with other treatments like a cream for your cellulite than the derma roller will enhance the effectiveness of the cream. This is because the tiny pathways that are created during the micro needling process lead to increased absorption for any other treatment that is used alongside it. So if you are using a cream or oil that treats cellulite, it would be a good idea to apply it on your skin right before a treatment because this is when it will be most effective. Normally the product that comes from serums, oils and creams is only absorbed up to 8% but a derma roller can increase the amount of product that is absorbed into the skin making it more useful and you will get more value for your money.
Is there anything else I can do to treat cellulite?
Cellulite is normally caused by an unhealthy lifestyle. So derma rolling can definitely help you back on track but you should also move towards a healthier a diet that contains less fat and sugar content. Living an active lifestyle is also something that can aid a cellulite patient since constant exercise adds firmness to the body.
What needle size should I use to treat cellulite?
These will depend a lot on what sort of cellulite you are dealing with because there are various forms of cellulite.
Grade 1 cellulite is when there will be less than four depressions in the skin and the skin’s texture will be slightly saggy. This means that it is in a premature stage and can be treated with smaller needles.
Grade 2 cellulite means the patient will have a more draped skin pattern and there will be more depressions in the skin. This is considered a moderate case of cellulite.
Grade 3 cellulite is considered severed and the skin will appear very saggy and draped. There will also be a lot of visible depressions in the skin and you can normally see the effects of the condition even when clothing is worn.
It is normally advised that patients should start with a 0.5mm needle size to treat the condition and then they can gradually move upward in terms of size. If you have a grade 3 condition of cellulite, you will have to begin using a 0.5mm needle but then move on to a 1mm needle once the irritation becomes better. Some people even go up to 1.5mm if they can bear the pain and bleeding comfortably but anything above this should only be done by a professional.
Patients with cellulite should avoid going above 1.5mm needle sizes because this can cause more damage than good. If you are treating an under eye area, it would also be wise to consider special derma rollers with specialized grips.
Using a serum
If you are choosing to use a serum along with your derma roller, you should consider a Vitamin A based serum as these are known to help patients with a cellulite problem. These serums help increase the thickness of the dermis layer which reduces the lumpy look that cellulite patients struggle with.
If you are using a derma roller for the first time, it would be better if you try it on a small area at first to see how your skin reacts to the needle size and the treatment. You should also soak your derma roller in hot water and clean it regularly to maintain safety. Storing it well is also important so that the needles stay sharp for as long as possible.