Dermapen Microneedling

dermapenStandHow it works: Dermapen micro needling skin treatments, create micro-point channels in the skin, the majority of which are simply pushing your pores open temporarily. This is perceived by the body as damage, which stimulates the release of growth factors that trigger the production of collagen and elastin.

 

Your skin normally assumes that scars, stretch marks and wrinkles are repaired, but with the Dermapen micro-needling treatments, the skin is tricked into repairing itself. The process of skin remodeling can go on for months after each Dermapen treatment. Results can be seen within a week or even a few days.

The concept of micro-needling is based on the skin’s ability to repair itself whenever it encounters physical damage such as cuts, burns and other abrasions. Immediately after an injury occurs our skin dissolves old damaged tissue and replaces it with new. DermaPen allows for controlled induction of the skin’s self repair mechanism by creating micro “injuries” in the skin which triggers new collagen synthesis, yet does not pose the risk of permanent scarring. The result is smoother, firmer and younger looking skin. DermaPen optimizes this process to improve results and minimize complications and discomfort.

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How is the treatment administered?
DermaPen procedures are performed in a safe and precise manner with the use of the sterile DermaPen needle head by one of our aestheticians or nurses.

What is the skin’s appearance after the treatment?
After the procedure your skin will be red and flushed in appearance in a similar way to moderate sunburn. You may also experience skin tightness and mild sensitivity to touch on the area being treated. This will diminish greatly after a few hours following treatments and within the next 24 hours the skin will be completely healed. After 3 days there is barely any evidence that the procedure has taken place.

Before-After-Stretch Marks

Before and after stretch marks, click for larger image

Before and after acne scar treatment

Before and after acne scar treatment- click for larger image

How quickly are results visible?
Visible results of skin rejuvenation are generally seen after 6-8 weeks following the procedure, and tend to improve further over time.

Is the DermaPen safe?
DermaPen micro-needling does not involve injections and therefore allergic reactions and side-effects are unlikely to occur. It is minimally invasive, involves minimal downtime (about 24hrs), rapidly heals and requires simple after-care.

What are the indications for having a DermaPen treatment?
DermaPen treatments are especially effective for aging concerns such as wrinkles, lines, folds and crows feet. General lack of skin radiance, skin firmness and compactness are also an indication for skin needling treatments and visible improvements can be seen.

What are the contraindications of skin needling treatments?
Contraindications and precautions include; keloid or raised scarring; history of eczema, psoriasis and other chronic conditions; history of actinic (solar) keratosis; history of Herpes Simplex infections; history of diabetes; presence of raised moles, warts or any raised lesions on targeted area. Absolute contraindications include; scleroderma, collagen vascular diseases or cardiac abnormalities; Rosacea and blood clotting problems; active bacterial or fungal infection; immuno-suppression; scars less than 6 months old; and facial fillers in the past 6 months.

Are there any side effects or risks associated with skin needling?
Side effects experienced with the DermaPen will usually subside within 48 hours. They include red or pinkish skin, stinging, itching, tightness of the treated area. To help with this, be sure to adhere to your aesthetician’s aftercare instructions following a DermaPen treatment. This will help to reduce redness, swelling, itching and discomfort and also enhance results.

Mechanism of action: informational graphic. Click for larger view

How does Dermapen treat wrinkles, stretch marks, and scars?
Skin needling is based on the skin’s ability to heal itself after an injury. Right after the skin encounters any physical damage, it immediately eliminates the damaged tissue to replace it with new, healthy skin. Dermapen induces small, controlled areas of damage to trigger the production of new collagen without the risks of scarring resulting in smoother and firmer skin.

How long until I see results from Dermapen?
Each patient’s healing time varies, though most start to see results in one day to a week after treatment. Immediately after treatment, patients may notice a red appearance in the treatment area. Even a light treatment can enhance the appearance of skin texture and brighten your complexion.

What does a Dermapen treatment feel like?
Those undergoing treatments with a shorter needle will only feel a tickling sensation, while those undergoing treatment with the full 2.5mm, as used in scar remodeling, are offered numbing creams as an option for treatment.

How many Dermapen treatments will I need?
Each person’s skin conditions are different and require different levels of treatment. Those with mild wrinkles and fine lines may see improvement after just one treatment while more advanced skin conditions like acne scarring may need more than one session. The number of treatment sessions required will be determined during consultation with your aesthetician.