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Mark Johnson, MD, PhD
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Business Name: Nouveau Jeunesse Rejuvenative Medicine
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Location: 7131 W Deschutes Ave, Ste 101
Kennewick, WA 99336
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What do I need to maintain and speed up my therapy?
I had collagen replacement therapy with roller needles 6 weeks ago and was told I will not see any difference for 3 months. A friend told me I should get a roller and use it a few times a week to speed this up and to maintain it. Should I buy a 1.5 mm roller with 540 titanium needles as someone suggested? What ingredients should be in the product I apply wnen using roller to face for my lines and wrinkles? I am not sure which collagen booster I should buy and want to find out what ingredients I should look for. Also I have a very low pain tolerance and need to know what I need to use before rolling.


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Kennewick, WA
United States
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roller needles  October 3, 2012 5:38 PM

The real effect of these rollers is due to wounding of the skin in a controlled fashion, which stimulates collagen deposition and helps smooth face. Topical anesthetics are usually only available by prescription, but if you go to a store that sells sexual enhancement products, like Detain or other similar items, these actually have anesthetic in them. Thats how they "detain".
Collagen placed on the face will all eventually be metabolized. You should be using a product that contains some form of vit A (retinaldehyde, retinoic acid) if you really want good long term improvement.

Hope you find this helpful.
BTW, I am not a big believer in rollers but have seen some improvement on occasion. I think your money would be better spent on a facial peel.

Kind regards,
Mark E Johnson, MD, PhD

Claremont, CA
United States
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  October 16, 2012 8:13 AM

The improvement you see from the roller is caused from slightly damaging the skin in a controlled manner. When the skin is damaged it calls its healing properties to duty to heal the wound, making the skin in the damaged area stronger. That being said, it is not unlike exercise, for example. When we exercise we cause controlled damage to the muscle (the soreness you feel is a result of this damage) resulting in the muscle healing itself, coming back stronger and firmer. However, if you stop the exercise the results also go away. So unless you continue to use the roller the results will not last. I prefer peels to the roller. You are right, it is important to use good products on your skin. I always recommend Beautiful Radiant Skin Products because they are very potent and deliver deep into the skin where they need to in order to affect real change. You can find them at www.BeautifulRadiantSkinProducts.com

Cathy Hille / Esthetician



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