As the Dermapen glides over your skin, it creates micro-point punctures. 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 reacts to any injury by initiating the healing process.
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. Although results can be seen within 3-7 days, the process of skin remodeling can go on for months after each Dermapen treatment.
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’s expertise is in optimizing this process to improve results and minimize complications and discomfort.
Prior to the treatment, your skin is cleansed and a strong topical numbing cream is applied for 25-30 minutes. Your skin is then cleansed again and the Dermapen is applied to the treatment areas. The device uses an automated stamp method very much like microscopically aerating your skin. It allows deeper absorption of topicals that are applied to your skin and stimulates your body’s own repair mechanisms that creates more collagen.
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, pinpoint bleeding and mild sensitivity to touch on the area being treated. This will diminish greatly after a few hours following treatments and within the next 24-48 hours the skin will be completely healed. After 3 days there is barely any evidence that the procedure has taken place.
How quickly are results visible?
Visible results of skin rejuvenation are generally seen after just 6-8 weeks following procedure and 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 (circa 24hrs), rapid healing and requires simple after-care.
Unlike lasers, there is no heat or thermal damage to the skin, therefore reducing redness, swelling and overall downtime.
Unlike needle rollers, Dermapen uses a precisely controlled stamping method to reach a set depth in the skin while minimizing excess damage to the epidermis.
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.
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 aftercare instructions following a Dermapen treatment. This will help to reduce redness, swelling, itching and discomfort and also enhance results.
What does a DermaPen treatment feel like?
The tiny needles are the size of acupuncture needles but there can be some discomfort over some areas of the face (ex upper lip, jawline). Those undergoing lighter 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, will notice more discomfort. Most people then find that the treatment is very easy to have done and easy to recover from.
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 1-2 treatments, while more advanced skin conditions like acne scarring will need a series of 3-5 treatments for maximum results. Treatments are done 4-6 weeks apart.