The DRS 180 needle roller comes in 5 short needle lengths and is best suited for your face. It's smaller form factor makes it great for treating fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes and lips.
What Is Microneedling?
In short, microneedling is a form of collagen induction therapy, a factually proven treatment for a wide range of skin conditions ranging from minor skin wrinkles to deep stretch marks.
The roller itself uses tiny needles or micro-needles which create tiny, evenly-spaced puncture wounds on the skin. This process stimulates the body’s natural collagen production by generating a wound healing response. The roller is much like a fine tattooing needle, so it should cause minimal trauma when creating the microscopic punctures in the skin. By damaging the skin you encourage the body to produce new collagen and elastin, which helps it thicken and plump up.
There is a minimal healing process, although you should expect your skin to take on a red tinge for a short time if you’re using longer lengths (this is largely due to blood being pumped to the area to repair and rebuild the skin).
What Skin Conditions Can Microneedling Treat?
Microneedling has been proven to treat a number of different skin problems, such as:
- Skin tightness
- Stretch marks
- Sagging skin
- Sun damage
It's also been used as a method of rejuvenating hair growth.
Is This Scientifically Proven?
Yes, a number of studies have been done on microneedling over the past few years (and decades even). For instance, check out this study done on stretch marks (stretch marks are also referred to as striae distensae).
Needle length: 0.20mm, 0.25mm, 0.30mm, 0.50mm, 0.75mm
Needle quantity: 180
Needle type: Titanium
Which Needle Length Should I Choose?
Our 180 needle rollers are intended for use on the face and therefore only come in shorter needle lengths. In general, we would recommend the 0.20mm to 0.50mm lengths to treat fine lines and wrinkles. The 0.75mm length should only be used to treat acne scars or pigmentation issues (this length is too long and not required for wrinkles).
DRS® 180 or DRS® 540 roller. Which one is better?
This depends on the treatment you are doing. Anything around the eyes or lips would be better with a 180 needle roller, as it is narrower which makes it easier to navigate around tight spots. The 180 needle roller is also better if you have a very small area you want to treat, such as a single wrinkle, as this way you won't have to cause any trauma to the skin on either side of the wrinkle.
The 540 needle roller is best suited for treating larger areas and can be used on the face and body. The 540 needle roller also comes in a number of longer lengths meaning you can treat a wider variety of skin issues.
Is Stainless Steel or Titanium Better?
It's not as simple as one being better than the other.
Stainless steel needles tend to be sharper, to begin with at least, because stainless steel is an easier metal alloy to sharpen into a point. Stainless steel is also inherently more sterile, which can be important seeing as you'll be using it on your body.
Titanium needles are slightly less sharp, to begin with, because it's harder to work titanium into a point. However, the needles will last far longer and will maintain the sharpness they began with due to the strength that titanium has.
We currently only sell products using titanium needles because we don't think stainless steel is required. There should be no real benefit to hygiene as you should be disinfecting your roller before and after every use. Furthermore, the increased sharpness of stainless steel is not enough to make up for the fact that a stainless steel roller must be discarded after only 2 or 3 uses, whilst a titanium roller can continue to be used 10+ times.
- Sterilize the roller head prior to use.
- Firmly (but not aggressively) roll your skin 4 to 8 times in total. Left to right, then top to bottom, then diagonally both ways.
- Clean your roller once finished.
We recommend that you apply a skin rejuvenation cream before and/or after the treatment. To begin with, you should stick to creams which are not too strong (so no Retin-A with your first treatment).