• “Microneedling Helps the Skin Help Itself” by Dean M. Tomasello, MD

    We are super excited Dr Dean M. Tomasello mentions our Skin Spin Roller in one of his articles! 



    Microneedling is a procedure gaining incredible momentum in the medical aesthetic world. Environ™, led by plastic surgeon Des Fernandez, MD, introduced a microneedling roller as far back as 1996 for treatment of fine lines around the mouth. I have used an Environ™ dermal roller for many years. I also have experience with the Skin Spin dermal roller and find it to be a cost effective
    anti-aging option for many.

    How Micro needling Works
    Micro needling is a procedure whereby thousands of tiny holes are punctured in the skin. It is ‘controlled skin injury.’ These holes or ‘micro-wounds’ trigger the body to fill in these holes by producing new collagen and elastin in the dermis along with new capillaries. The new blood flow and collagen production results in improvement of scars and rejuvenation of the skin. The texture, firmness and hydration of the skin are also improved. The depth of the needle penetration dictates the level of injury to the skin and the potential results to be achieved. So why is microneedling increasing in popularity? I see six main reasons.

    Reasons to Choose Microneedling

    1. It is an effective means to treat a wide variety of common skin concerns.

    2. It is less expensive than laser skin resurfacing. We all know laser treatments are expensive; because lasers are very expensive. The cost for buying or leasing a laser will rival most home mortgages. Don’t get me wrong, I am a fan of cosmetic laser treatments but I am also a realist. Most people will choose to get tangible results for less money when possible.

    3. There is far less downtime with microneedling vs. laser skin resurfacing.

    4. Unlike chemical peels, microneedling can be used on any skin type.

    5. Studies have shown that microneedling with a derma roller is a simple, inexpensive method for treatment of facial scars.

    6. Microneedling creates hundreds of micro-channels allowing for enhanced penetration of skin care products deep into the dermis.

    “Microneedling Helps the Skin Help Itself”

    We have seen this before

    In medical aesthetics we have seen other types of skin damage result in improved skin appearance. Chemical peels, for instance, penetrate through skin layers in an attempt to clear dead cells and stimulate new skin cell and collagen growth. New cells make the skin more vibrant while new collagen (and elastin) makes the skin more smooth and firm.

    The Verdict

    Microneedling has clearly come of age. It is less expensive, comes with less down time and is less damaging to the skin than laser resurfacing. Microneedling with the use of a dermal roller brings a long list of benefits to your skin. Unlike chemical peels, it can be performed on all skin types.

    Microneedling devices like the Skin Spin offer people a very cost effective at-home way to treat a wide range of skin concerns including:

     Fine lines and Wrinkles

     Mild to moderate acne scarring, or other scars

     Loose skin (the face, neck, décolleté area)

     Uneven skin texture or large pore size

     Stretch marks

     Melasma / hyperpigmentation 

    A great procedure with a few cautions:

    1. While your skin is healing, sun exposure should be limited for at least 2 weeks (or use SPF 50).

    2. Avoid use of Aspirin or NSAIDS (Advil/Aleve) for 3 days prior to 2 weeks after

    3. Avoid use of Retinoid (Vitamin A) creams or serums for 1 week.

    4. Skin infections should be fully resolved for 1 week prior to treatment.

    5. Micro needling should not be done until 3-4 weeks after Botox, Dysport or dermal filler treatments.

    6. Not all needles are the same, and the treatment can be technique dependent. For example, overly aggressive needling may cause scarring and potential hyperpigmentation in certain skin types.

    Anti-Aging skin care, to a large degree, involves making improvements to the surface (epidermis) while improving the collagen and elastin (architecture) of the dermis. Microneedling is one procedure that provides and effective means of making noticeable results in both the epidermis and dermis of your skin, leading to a fresh, vibrant and youthful result.

    Dean M. Tomasello, MD is a Medical Writer & Editor | Anti-Aging & Skin Care Doctor | Skin Care Industry Expert | Medical Aesthetics | Dermatology. 

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  • Q & A with rolling specialist Dr Lance Setterfield

    Q: Are treatments with an electric pen faster compared to a roller?

    A: Yes and no.  This is yet another question driven by pen companies attempting to create a superior distinctive difference.  The “logic” behind this claim is based on the math that more holes can be created with a motorized device in one minute than with a roller, given the revolutions per second of the motor.  I remain sceptical that it is possible for a needle to penetrate and withdraw e.g. 100 times per second from the skin.  This claim aside, in reality it is six of one and half dozen of the other.  Rollers treat an area 2 cm wide and most have 200 needles.  Pen needle cartridges are ½ cm across on average with 11-12 needles.  Rollers tend to be “faster” when treating large, flat, open areas and pens are superior for treating confined spaces that require more precision.  They both have their merits depending on what area and condition is being treated.

  • Q & A with Dr Lance Setterfield

    Q:  Can you apply too much pressure when using a roller?

    A: { Dr Lance Setterfield}: Yes and no.  It’s not as straight forward as it seems.  The aim is to apply moderate pressure, but how does one define or describe this?  These are skills developed with experience.  Too little pressure and the needle penetration will be inadequate.  Too much pressure over bone is more painful, and one obviously needs a lighter touch around the eyes or on the nose, for example.    

    This question stems from pen companies attempting to create a distinctive difference and asserting that pens deliver a more accurate, consistent depth of penetration, and that rollers are not as safe because technique is user-dependant.  This is marketing spin.  For a start, with appropriate technique, the drum stops the needles from penetrating any further than their actual length.  (One could argue that applying pressure to the skin compresses it so that structures, e.g. nerves, move closer to the surface, thus increasing the chance of injury.  But the same outcome and risks would apply if the identical pressure was applied in error using a pen.)  Secondly, needle penetration has a much larger variance with pens due to insufficient power and speed of the motor, number and grouping of needles, etc.  Many pens do not deliver as deep as indicated by the settings on the dial.  Lastly, needle cartridges in most pens allow the skin to move up inside the cylinder towards the needles when pressure is applied, or when traversing curvatures of the face, thus resulting in greater depths than desired. 

    One also needs to consider the length of needle in this debate.  “Precise” pressure is not as critical at 0.5 mm as it would be at 2.5 mm in the context of damaging underlying structures.  Other factors to consider include the area of the body being treated, as well as the sex and age of the patient, etc.  In other words, how thick is the skin in the area being treated?

    Dr Lance Setterfield, Medical Director of Acacia Dermacare in Victoria, Canada, was one of the early adopters of this treatment modality and consequently has many years of experience to share. He has vast experience with all forms of skin rejuvenation modalities and conducted many years of research and clinical trials to evaluate the effectiveness of these modalities in specific situations. Dr Setterfield believes optimizing skin health through regulating cell function is an attainable goal. He specializes in ideal skin rejuvenation treatment programs that protect the epidermis, preserve the dermal papillae, optimize cell function, break down scar tissue and rebuild the extracellular matrix with normal collagen, as opposed to scar tissue.

  • Skin Needling Specialist Leilani Kopp will be at ESI Toronto sponsored by SkinSpin!

    We are pleased to announce Leilani Kopp  will be speaking on Medical Skin Needling & Cosmetic Skin Needling sponsored by  Skin Spin Cosmetics at The Esthetique Spa International-Toronto April 24 & 25, 2016 at the Downtown Metro Convention Centre. 

    LeiLani, Founder and Creative Director is the driving force behind “Face The Future” a Nationally recognized educational organization founded by LeiLani. LeiLani is a pioneer in the field and one of few in Canada specializing in Corrective Paramedical Repigmentation, Scar Relaxation, Skin Needling and Collagen Induction Therapy. She educates, teaches and lectures professionals in the medical, spa and beauty Industry bringing 27 years of expertise.

    LeiLani has established a strong reputation within the medical community working closely with Vancouver General Hospital (VGH)  Burn/Trauma Unit along with many Cancer Surgeons, having patients referred across the Province of British Columbia. She has been recognized many times for her specialized work and been awarded The Women of Excellence, The remarkable Women and twice for The YWCA Women of Distinction.

    Leilani is also the founder of The Beauty Lounge and Sweet LeiLani Cosmetics. For more information on the ESI Toronto show visit:

    Visit our blog to keep updated on exact times Leilani will be speaking.  



  • Skin Spin + Essence of L Medi Spa & Laser Clinic Date night!

    We love being the skin needling preferred choice for Essence of L Medi Spa & Laser Clinic. Here is a video with owner Leah LaVanway showing you how to roll with the Skin Spin Roller. If you are in White Rock, BC Canada be sure to visit Leah at her Medi Spa (

    Date night with my Skin Spin Roller System. I try to roll every Friday evening with my 0.5mm at-home-roller. One of my go-to secrets for healthy glowing skin!!#happyrolling #microneedling #skinspin #afterglow #getyourglowon