Is rolling back the years with a skin roller really a good idea?

Although it’s tempting to try to just roll back the years, Dr. Joel Schlessinger warns against the trend of skin rolling.

December 2011 issue of Style and Beauty Doctor

In the December 2011 issue of Style and Beauty Doctor, the writer asks the question: Should You Try a Skin Roller? Claims by roller manufacturers typically state that you can take ten years off of your appearance by just one use of their handy device.

These claims also state that, by invigorating the collagen in your skin with a roller, you’ll revitalize it – and thereby look years younger.

True? Or, false?

Dr. Joel Schlessinger isn’t so thrilled with the idea of skin rollers.

In the article, he points out that skin rollers have actually been discussed for ten years now. “The answer,” he said, when asked about their effectiveness, “is why bother to do this fairly brutal procedure when there are great procedures that don’t leave you a bloody mess and are hugely successful?”

He explains how the rollers prick the skin, raising the issue of sterility. The bottom line? The doctor says to stay away from skin rollers.

Research done by the Hong Kong Consumer Council and reported on by international news source CNN warns consumers against using skin rollers, citing a lack of scientific proof of effectiveness; a “high risk of infection of bacteria, fungi and viruses on the needles, including HIV and hepatitis” and even “warning that the device is potentially lethal.”

President emeritus of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery: Dr. Joel Schlessinger

When it comes time to choosing a cosmetic procedure, be sure to rely on information provided by top professionals. The American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery has these types of top professionals as its  members. It is in fact “one of the premier professional societies in the world for the education and training of physicians and professional medical staff in cosmetic and aesthetic surgery.”

Freelance writers, editors, journalist and bloggers: are you looking for an expert for your article? Contact Dr. Joel Schlessinger today.


About drjoelschlessinger

Dr. Joel Schlessinger is a dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon based in Omaha, NE.

Posted on January 20, 2012, in Dr. Joel Schlessinger in the Media. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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