First of all we need to understand what both devices have been designed to do – To stimulate the collagen and elastin production in our skin. As we age, we lose the two important proteins that keeps our skin’s volume and structure intact. 

Micro needling or collagen induction treatments causes micro damage to our skin which then stimulates our body to make its own collagen and elastin improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, plump up our skin, improve skin texture and breaking down pigmentation. 

However, one creates better results than the other..

Let’s look at the micro needling roller first, it’s benefits and what it can and can’t do

A micro needling roller is a device with a rotating wheel filled with tiny micro needles. The size of the needles determines the depth of penetration. They vary from 0.25 mm to 1.00 mm. It has a medium sized handle so it’s convenient to hold onto.

Because the roller only has 1 size of micro needles, they only pierce at that particular depth into the skin. Consequently, the roller is quite effective to target hyperpigmentation as these skin irregularities are close to the surface of the skin. 

It can help to stimulate elastin and collagen however and thus targeting fine lines and wrinkles but is quite limited as most micro needles’ rollers don’t penetrated deep enough into the dermis where the collagen is produced.

All over, the roller helps to rejuvenate the skin somehow but is quite limited leaving the client not having the desired results they were promised.

The roller can’t treat harder to reach areas such as close to the eyes, nose

It doesn’t work on cellulite, scarring, enlarged pores or keloid scarring.

Dermapen micro needling/ collagen induction, its benefits and what it can do

Where the roller was the predecessor of the Dermapen, you will find that the Dermapen is the latest modification of micro needling rolling and superior to the roller.

The Dermapen comes with a sterile, sealed and disposable needle package to maintain the highest safety precaution. The needles oscillate up and down creating fine fractional channels up to 104 % faster than other microneedling devices. Consequently, this triggers our body’s natural response of repair and starts making its own collagen and elastin. Hard to reach areas around the eyes, eyelids, neck, lip, nose, décolletage to stomach and stretch mark on legs are a breeze.

The needle depth is interchangeable and can go to a depth of 2.5 mm therefore penetrating both the epidermis and dermis where needed. 


– Works well in removing mild to moderate scarring, decrease enlarge pores, removing fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, age sports, rosacea, hyperpigmentation, stretch marks, improving skin texture.


The Dermapen is modern and more precise in consideration. It can treat the more sensitive and harder to reach areas such as around the eyes, upper lip and nose where the roller cannot reach it safely. In case of micro needling with the Dermapen, you can reach dermis level by adjusting needle depth whereas with the roller it can only reach a single depth. Micro needling by pen is vertical thus less chance of injury and side effects. The roller treats through an angular movement tearing the skin surface and increasing the chances of side effects and recovery time.

Taking all these factors into consideration, micro needling with the Dermapen offers more advanced, effective and faster results than the derma roller.

Treatments for the Dermapen start at $249.00 per treatment at SkinDeep Cosmetic Laser Clinic.

We recommend: 

Rejuvenation 3 – 6 treatments every 6 – 8 weeks apart, 

Acne scarring 4 – 6 treatments every 6 – 8 weeks apart

Stretch marks 4 – 8 treatments every 6 – 8 weeks apart

Pigmentation     4 – 6 treatments every 2 – 4 weeks apart