DermaPen micro-needling device delivers unparalleled collagen induction therapy via fractional delivery of needles into the epidermis and dermis. These micro-injuries to the skin encourage the power of the body’s innate ability to regrow and repair the skin through the physiology of collagen induction. Micro-needling treatments are typical performed in a series of 4 to 6 treatments over the course of 2 to 6 months. Treatment on the face is the primary location, but skin needling can successfully be used on any area of the body.
The DermaPen® is an automated skin-needling device. This procedure is also called micro-needling. Although not as quickly or definitively effective as lasers, this simple mechanical device based on fine needle penetration can also deliver some of the same benefits of lasers at an affordable price. DermaPen offers a solution for skin conditions that you might seek treatment for: wrinkles and fine lines, acne scarring, stretch marks, wound healing stimulation, skin tightening, lifting and rejuvenation. A DermaPen treatment can complement other treatment options like chemical peels, IPL, micro-dermabrasion and laser skin tightening.
How does skin-needling work?
The premise is simple – create a small wound and the skin will respond with collagen production and new skin cells. Depending on the depth of the needle penetration, the DermaPen can offer skin rejuvenation levels from the simple enhancement of product absorption to the clinical treatment of scars and wrinkles.
What can the DermaPen be used for?
DermaPen allows the physician to quickly treat specific skin areas – large or small – to achieve a number of goals such as:
- Improve Skin Texture / Tone
- Improve Skin Texture of the Neck
- Improve the Appearance of Acne Scarring
- Improve the Appearance of Lip Wrinkles
- Improve the Appearance of Melasma & Pigmentation
- Improve the Appearance of Stretch Marks
- Improve the Appearance of Superficial Facial Wrinkles
- Improve the Appearance of Textural Improvements to Chest
- Improve the Appearance of Trauma Scarring
- Increase Product Absorption
- Minimize Pore Appearance
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How deep does the DermaPen go?
The DermaPen works from a very superficial penetration to deep dermal penetration, professional applications have a wide range of potential to improve and correct skin problems without the use of lasers. Penetration ranges begin at cosmetic depth of 0.25mm to clinical treatment depths up to 2.5mm.
DermaPen depths for different skin problems
–Light Penetration – opens the skin long enough for the introduction of specific treatment serums. Since most product molecules are too large to cross the skin barrier, they can only be minimally effective. The DermaPen opens the skin for a few minutes and this allows a huge increase of product penetration – your product ingredients can then reach beneath the surface where they will do the most good. Treatment serums can be selected for skin lightening, hydration, texture and pore tightening.
–Mid Penetration – depths can have a very positive impact on superficial sun damage and light scarring to improve skin texture and tone and a visible improvement in pore size appearance.
–Deeper Penetration – can improves acne scars, burn scars, stretch marks and tighten skin and soften wrinkles.
Is skin needling painful?
Superficial treatment levels are very tolerable with nothing more than topical numbing gel (the lightest application requires no numbing at all) applied prior to the treatment. In the instance of aggressive treatments, Dr. McLeod will discuss the options for making the treatment the most comfortable for you.
What is the expected downtime after a DermaPen treatment?
Skin will have minimal swelling and a red appearance. The severity will depend upon how aggressive the treatment was.
A red hue or pink hue persists similar to moderate sunburn. Swelling may be more noticeable on the second day.
Skin will be pink or remain a normal color within a few day’s swelling subsides.
DermaPen reduces the risk of post treatment pigmentation that is more prevalent with laser heat for ethnic skin (Patients will still need to use sun protection and avoid heat exposure while in the recovery phase. Depending on treatment goals, you can expect to see results immediately for product introduction benefit to 4 to 6 months for scarring.