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Desmond Fernandes, Speaker at Dermatology Conferences
University of Cape Town, Saudi Arabia
Title : The dermal roller in aesthetic dermatology in 2019


Skin needling is emerging as one of the most important, affordable ways to treat scars, lax skin, stretch marks and to rejuvenate photoaged skin. It is safe for all colours of skin and never causes permanent colour changes. Fernandes considered it the alternative to laser resurfacing but today more and more people are saying it’s the “poor/sensible” dermatologists’ laser - but with better results. Fernandes started with pen-type of devices but moved to rolling devices for better results. There is a wealth of misinformation about roller-type needling versus mechanical pen-style needling. Both are useful but rollers are easier and safer to use. Mechanical devices need good training and constant care to avoid overtreatment. It seems one cannot over-treat with the Roller.

Matthias Aust first showed that activated platelets produce growth factors such as TGF-beta-3 instigate regeneration and rejuvenation of the dermis. Very much deeper needling may recruit Mesenchymal Stem Cells that may take regeneration up a quantum leap. Furthermore Zeitter (with Aust) has shown that needling at 7 day intervals gives even greater changes. Aust also proved that topical vitamin A and C in particular almost quadruple the results. Experience since 1994 shows that the Vitamin ACE oil is clinically safe in many thousands of cases. Selected peptides help to induce the perfect cocktail of changes for rejuvenation and smoothening out troubled skin. We will show that skin needling, and especially Dermal Rolling is the safest and most effective way to rejuvenate skin and to smoothen stretch marks, acne and burn scars of all skin colours.


Desmond Fernandes is a Plastic Aesthetic surgeon and in early 1980’s he recognized the importance of scientific skin care and formulated skin care specifically for my patients. This was commercialized and registered with various national departments of health around the world and eventually was judged by Aesthetic Everything as the best medical skin care in USA in 2018. He researched enhanced penetration through skin, and then patented low-frequency-sonophoresis and iontophoresis for use by skin care practitioners in 1998. He was awarded the INNOCOS prize for Innovative Cosmetic Formulation in 2016. He was listed as one of the ten top plastic surgeons in the world for his work on scarless face and neck lifting. His research in medical needling from 1994 continues and is now used around the world