Educational Series: What are the benefits of MTS Rolling for collagen production and how can you do it at home safely?

by | 19 July 2022

MTS Rolling (or at-home skin needling), is a treatment modality used for collagen induction therapy for the channeling of our own collagen. The use of a high-quality precision tool is used to invoke a controlled wound healing response using medical grade, stainless steel needles. These needles, in turn, generate an inflammatory response within the skin, and result in the production of biological protein molecules such as cytokines and growth factors.

These molecules under the right conditions, encourage the production of new collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid for healthy, plump and functioning skin.
 

derma aesthetics MTS roller
 

Why is the MTS Rolling System (that we distribute here at derma aesthetics) safe to use?

 

  • Suitable for all skin types (oily, diffused redness, lipid-dry)
  • No risk of burns or discolouration
  • No ablation of the epidermis, so the skin is not damaged
  • Naturally stimulates and remodels your own collagen without creating “scar tissue”

Collagen induction therapy (CIT) increases specific growth factors such as TGB-3 which promotes scarless wound healing, and encourages rapid healing of the skin’s tissue.
 

What makes our MTS Rollers different to other rollers that are available on the market?

 

  • The MTS Roller is a durable and high-quality precision tool. The barrel and handle are made from Lexan® polycarbonate resin and the axle is made from polished stainless steel. The 200 needles are made from stainless steel.
  • The MTS Rollers go through a patented manufacturing process which sees the needles held in place to within 0.02mm of the specified length from the roller base.
  • All rollers have unique quality-control serial numbers.
  • The MTS Roller is patented, and all components are produced in high-tech ISO9001 quality-controlled manufacturing facilities.
  • The MTS Rollers are FDA registered as Type 1 supplementary medical instruments.
  • The MTS Rollers are gamma sealed (sterile), as opposed to generic packaging that can cause the proliferation of microorganisms.

 

REMEMBER: Not all rollers are created equal!

 

Ensure you are investing in a genuine MTS Rolling System. Don’t be fooled by cheaper copies of the MTS Roller!

I recently read a statement about a home rolling device needing to be replaced after “15 uses” in order to ensure the needles remain sharp and precise, as well as encouraging clients to apply their corrective skincare directly after the treatment… hang on, what?!
 

First of all, let’s address this “15 use only” issue…

 

A genuine, high-quality precision rolling tool should last anywhere between 6-12 months. This timeframe is dependent on the manufacturing quality of the needles and the duration of how often you’re using the home rolling device. Ideally, you want to be using your roller at a minimum for 2-3 times per week. This skincare necessity would eventually become an unaffordable luxury if you were to be replacing it after only 15 uses!

Secondly, the skin being the largest organ of the body, is a highly immune-sensitive organ, and the last thing we want to be doing as therapists or consumers is repeatedly testing the body’s innate immune system with “injected” skincare ingredients. The issue of what to apply after home rolling is not just from a safety perspective but also that of a legal one.

A product that is injected and breaks the skin is more likely to be regulated as a therapeutic good than one which is merely applied to the surface of the skin. Just because a skincare company sells a product to combine with home rolling, does not mean it is safe to use!
 

Dr. Lance Setterfield, forefather of medical microneedling, states; “There is an assumption that skincare companies will only provide products that have been specifically formulated to combine with home rolling and other forms of collagen induction therapy, and that they are safe for use, but this is incorrect!”

 

Dr. Lance Setterfield also states; “The lack of regulatory oversight is an underlying weakness in measuring the true scope of the complications tied to products when combined with microneedling, as the long-term consequences of repeatedly testing the immune system with “injected” ingredients is unknown.”

 

Always remember, what may be safe for one person may not be for the next. It is impossible to formulate a product that does not have the potential to trigger an immune response or effect our cells and systems physiology adversely, as we are all so unique.
 

What we do know, however, is that there is an increase risk for granulomas to develop, and trust us, this is something you don’t want developing!
 


 

What differentiates derma aesthetics microneedling practices from others?

 

Here at derma aesthetics, we don’t need to puncture microscopic holes within the skin’s barrier to deliver ingredients into the skin for a therapeutic effect. We needle to activate growth factors and to promote cell-to-cell communication for collagen/elastin production, and to improve the conditions of fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation and acne scarring. It’s scary, to say the least, when there are companies out there promoting the use of home rolling with skincare products, and selling their clients depths that can go up-to 1.5mm (ouch!).

The only depths you should be using on your skin at home are 0.2mm or 0.3mm. Anything deeper than that, without the care and professional guidance of a skin treatment professional, can cause the skin’s tissue to become severely damaged and compromised. In fact, less is best as deeper doesn’t always mean better! The skin contains epidermal cells called keratinocytes, and these cells have the ability of governing a biological response within the skin that can promote the production of collagen within the dermis.
 

How do keratinocytes do this incredible response?

 

Keratinocytes do this via releasing cytokines and growth factors that make their way into the dermis and bind to the fibroblasts receptors (collagen-making cell). From here, the fibroblast undergoes a manufacturing process in order to synthesis dermal structural proteins that improve the density, shape and integrity of the skin.
 

When it comes to skincare, do you know what to avoid when it comes to prepping your skin for collagen induction therapy?

 

Here is a list of ingredients that DON’T work with the physiological functioning of the skin, let alone injected into the skin post needling:
 

  • Conventional emulsifiers (SLS)
  • Preservatives
  • Fragrances/perfumes
  • Parabens
  • Colours
  • Mineral oils/silicones
  • Amines

Skincare formulations containing these non-physiological and foreign ingredients can lead to undesirable challenges with the skin such as dryness, redness, sensitivity, congestion, acne and inflammation. Not to mention, they don’t work with the skin’s structure and function! Can you image applying skin care products with the above listed ingredients directly onto the skin during and/or post needling? Ah, no thank you!
 

What should you use post treatment?

 

Corneotherapy formulations, such as dermaviduals, works with the science of the skin barrier defence systems. Corneotherapy aims at the recovery of the stratum corneum and preserves the integrity of the epidermis at ALL times. Directly after a skin needling treatment, whether performed in-clinic or at home, we recommend the application of Oleogel Plus because the skin experiences an increase in trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL), and requires a slightly occlusive, but physiological product, to rebalance the loss of water from the skin.
 

Let’s take a closer look at this formulation and why its appropriate post skin needling…

 

Oleogel Plus contains a delightful complex of mimosa and sunflower wax and jojoba oil. Further ingredients include avocado oil as well as phosphatidylcholine to provide the building-blocks for cell membrane repair. Oleogel Plus is high in triglycerides which are naturally occurring lipids found within the skin; particularly within the acid mantle. The acid mantle resides on the surface of the skin and protects against high TEWL and the invasion of pathogenic bacteria. These triglycerides and other lipid components are used as emollients to provide moisturisation and barrier protection to the skin post needling.
 

dermaviduals Oleogel Plus
 

To wrap things up, I will leave you with this advice…

 

In summary, skin needling is a treatment modality used for collagen induction therapy for the channeling of our own collagen. There is an assumption that skincare companies will only provide products that have been specifically formulated to combine with home rolling and other forms of collagen induction therapy, and that they are safe for use, but this is incorrect. The lack of regulatory oversight is an underlying weakness in measuring the true scope of the complications tied to products when combined with microneedling, as the long-term consequences of repeatedly testing the immune system with “injected” ingredients is unknown.

Here at Derma Aesthetics, we don’t need to puncture microscopic holes within the skin’s barrier to deliver ingredients into the skin for a therapeutic effect. We needle to activate growth factors and to promote cell-to-cell communication to improve the conditions of fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation and acne scarring. Corneotherapy formulations, such as dermaviduals, works with the science of the skin barrier defence systems, and aims at the recovery of the stratum corneum while preserving the integrity of the epidermis at ALL times. Only the application of a physiological lipid covering, such as Oleogel Plus, should be topically placed AFTER the treatment to rebalance the loss of TEWL that is experienced post skin needling. All other actives such as vitamins A, C, E for example, should be held off until the following day.

If you are interested in microneedling treatments and even implementing this into your home routine, use our CLINIC FINDER to locate your nearest dermaviduals skin treatment therapist.
 

Links to our EXCEED device (used in-clinic only) and our MTS Rollers can be found by clicking on the images below:

 

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EXCEED Device

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