Microneedling: Dermapen vs Derma Rollers?

As microneedling facilitates wound healing and boosts collagen, it can significantly improve your skin tone and texture. This procedure involves the use of a skin needling device with tiny needles or pins on its surface, repeatedly moved over the skin. The goal is to create micro-traumas on the skin, which is known to stimulate new collagen. 

Skin needling can be done at home using a derma roller or at an aesthetic clinic using a Dermapen device. The main difference between the two is that the former is a manual tool while the latter is an automated one. Derma rollers are cheaper than a Dermapen procedure, as it is a DIY option that can be carried out on your own.

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What is a Derma roller? 

Derma roller is a handheld device with a small wheel or roller head covered with miniature needles. The depth of the needles varies from 0.25 to 1.00 mm and each size serves a different purpose. If your concern, for instance, is enlarged pores, the needle size should be 0.25 to 0.5 mm. If it is shallow acne scarring, the depth should be 1.0 mm. 

Derma rollers are commonly used on the face, as well as the neck and belly area. They are used to improve acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, stretch marks, and skin discoloration. They can be used along with other skincare products like serums to boost ingredient absorption.


  • Can help fade scars, stretch marks, and fine lines
  • Can diminish pigmentation and improve skin surface
  • Less recovery time than resurfacing procedures
  • Cheaper than lasers or Dermapen procedures


  • Might cause scars or damage, especially when used incorrectly or when the wrong needle size is used
  • Can’t treat small areas (like around the nose or above the lip)
  • May produce patchy or inconsistent results
  • Not sterile (risk of cross contamination); dead skin and other dirt could linger on the tool and be rolled again into your skin with repeated use

What is Dermapen?

At Cutis Medical Laser Clinics, we use the Dermapen 4 microneedling device. It is an upgraded version of its predecessor and boasts increased speed and power. Dermapen 4 has 16 microscopic needles that can create 1920 holes per second. Its needle depth can be adjusted and has a dedicated scar setting and protocols for revision of different types of scars.

Dermapen 4 creates millions of fine fractional channels and enables the skin to transport more ingredients deeper into its layers. The device, furthermore, repairs the skin by igniting collagen and elastin. It also promotes optimized cell function without the risks of hypopigmentation and heat injury.


  • Can treat hard to reach areas
  • No risk of cross-contamination
  • With sterile and single-use needles
  • Stainless steel needles that won’t bend or break
  • Reduced trauma and damage due to vertical needling
  • Can be used on all skin types
  • Has a range of serums specifically designed for skin needling


  • More expensive than derma rollers
  • Should only be performed by an aesthetic doctor in a medical setting
  • Mild side effects like redness and irritation (subside within a few days)

Dermapen 4 offers overall skin renewal in different areas of the body. These include the face, neck, décolleté, abdomen, and legs. And unlike manual derma rollers, Dermapen can treat hard-to-reach areas like around the eyes, earlobes, nose, and lips. Here are the skin issues Dermapen 4 can treat or improve:

  • Acne scarring
  • Enlarged pores
  • Stretch marks
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Loose skin
  • Pigmentation (uneven skin coloring)
  • Hair loss

Which is the right choice? 

There is no denying that derma rollers can still improve your skin, provided that you use the right tool (needle depth) and prep your skin. You need to know how to use it the right way, so you won’t damage or infect your skin. It is also important to remember that while it can produce visible effects, the results are not comparable to that of a professional Dermapen 4 procedure

If you want to see significant improvements, Dermapen 4 is worth considering. It controls the needle punctures to achieve a specifically set depth, spacing, and pattern. What Dermapen 4 does is break up uneven scar tissues to stimulate the growth of healthy ones. It also improves blood supply, which provides the foundation for new skin.

Schedule a consultation today

Are you considering microneedling to improve your skin issues? Choose Dermapen 4 microneedling. Contact Cutis Medical Laser Clinics today and schedule a consultation with our aesthetic doctor in Singapore to find out if Dermapen 4 is right for you.