This should come as no surprise, but apparently, the Dermaroller, the skin-perfecting needle-roller gizmo (Angelina Jolie is an alleged devotee), is way painful. This is according to a U.K. beauty blogger (it’s not available in the States yet) who got the behind-the-scenes info:
… the efficacy of the treatment lies not just in simply rolling needles over the face, but achieving the optimal needle penetration with pinpoint bleeding and swelling, which often requires a physician’s care … patience—as well as a high tolerance for pain—are necessary if you want to reap the benefits; three to five sessions over the course of four to five months are recommended for optimal results. And it’s not a particularly, um, pleasurable experience. Despite the fact that a topical anesthetic agent was used to freeze my face, the pain in some parts was well north of a ten. I was red and puffy for the first day, but by day two people started telling me how rested and “well” I looked. My skin tone was noticeably clearer, too, and the circles around my eyes had diminished.