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US based company Clinical Resolution Laboratory developed the first generation of the Microneedle Therapy System or MTS-Roller™ in 2004, marketed for the treatment of Medical Skin Needling.
It is aimed at stimulating the body’s own collagen production to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, stretch marks, skin laxity and scarring by introducing a series of fine, sharp needles into the skin. The needles are attached to a single use, sterile roller which is moved over the surface of the skin to create many microscopic channels or columns at various depths of penetration. This “damage” to the dermis encourages the body to produce more new collagen and elastin which generate new skin cells to literally “repair” itself, thus the skin becomes thicker, plumper and more youthful.
The range consists of six different models:
The MTS-Rollers™ are equipped with 200 needles, made from surgical stainless steel, mounted along a 21.5mm wide roller with 8 needles per horizontal row; this is the highest number of needles of any medical skin needling roller on the market, according to the manufacturer.
They create miniscule holes of 0.07mm diameter with a penetration depth of between 0.13mm and 2.5mm.
As well as being targeted for use in collagen induction therapy for skin rejuvenation, the MTS-Rollers™, in combination with a patented peptide based hair rejuvenation product called MTS Peptide HR Matrix™, have also been successfully applied to the indication of hair restoration in cases of alopecia. This treatment proved 80% more effective in combination than by simply applying the product on its own, claim the manufacturers.
The cosmetic 0.2mm model is also available within a MTS Anti-ageing Complex kit for home use. This includes a variety of adjunctive pre- and post-treatment peptide products and a sunscreen. It is also available in a MTS Hair Treatment Complex kit which includes the peptide hair rejuvenation product.
Clinical studies carried out in South Korea on 54 mice in 2006* showed that treatment with the MTS-Roller™ is more consistent in increasing the thickness of the skin than IPL (in this case the Ellipse device). The mice were treated with either one IPL treatment given 3 times at 2 week intervals or 5 passes (15 strokes) with a 0.5mm roller at the same time intervals. Skin thickness was then evaluated at 8 weeks.
*Collagen Induction Therapy Comparison (IPL vs Micro-Needling); Drs HS Moon, SE Kim, DS Ko, AY Lee, Dep. of Dermatology, Eulji University School of Medicine and Dongguk University, S. Korea (2006)
Improvement in acne, before and after treatment.
Improvement in crow`s feet wrinkles, before and after treatment.
Images above provided courtesy of Wigmore Medical Ltd.
Before and after photographs are real patients, your results may differ.
Skin redness for a couple of hours following treatment, much like a sunburn, with some minor bleeding and bruising possible. Skin may also feel warm, tight and itchy for a short while. This should normally resolve in 12 - 48 hours.
Side effects or risks are minimal with this type of treatment and typically include minor flaking or dryness of the skin, with scab formation in rare cases. Milia (small white spots) may also form on the skin which can be removed by the practitioner. Hyperpigmentation (darkening of certain areas of the skin) can occur very rarely and usually resolves after a month. If you have a history of cold sores, this could possibly flare up after treatment.
The MTS CR3 roller is available for approximately £70 and the Anti-Ageing and Hair Treatment Complex kits retail for £115.
A single, in-clinic treatment with the MTS-Roller™ is likely to cost from £250+, depending on the area treated (e.g. face, hands etc.). Treatment course packages are often available at a discount.