Dermapen uses the latest in advanced micro-needling technology to tighten and rejuvenate skin for long lasting results.
How does the Dermapen micro-needling work?
Using multiple needles that vertically pierce the skin, the Dermapen micro-needling treatment is able to create a “controlled” skin injury. The needles of the Dermapen puncture the epidermis of the skin and create a micro-wound. This micro injury causes the skin to bleed and growth factors to be released. These growth factors result in the skin producing new collagen, elastin, fibroblast, keratinocytes and monocytes, and for the epidermis to regrow.
Dermapen injures the epidermis of the skin in a very controlled fashion, which triggers the body’s own natural healing process. The result is reduced scars, and improved skin texture and firmness.
What can Dermapen be used for?
Primarily, the Dermapen treatment is offered to patients to reduce scars caused by acne, surgery, injury or other causes. We also offer the treatment to patients who would like fine lines or wrinkles reduced, sagging skin tightened, or stretch marks faded.
Dermapen can be used on all skin and pigment types.
What can I except during a typical Dermapen procedure?
- All topical face products, including make-up and lotions, are removed from the face.
- A high-definition picture of the treatment area is taken using the VISIA Complexion Analysis. This picture will be for a before and after comparison.
- Our medical therapist applies numbing cream to the treatment area and waits 30 minutes for the cream to take effect.
- Once the skin is numbed, the affected area is treated with the Dermapen.
- The procedure can take from to 30 minutes to an hour.
What makes the Dermapen treatment different from conventional roller treatments?
The sloped-curved insertion method, more commonly known as the Dermal Roller method, is noticeably more painfully and less effective than Dermapen. Dermal Roller treatments cause more damage to the epidermis, and therefore substantially more bleeding, as shown in the image below:
The small needling head of the Dermapen allows for treatments around all facial contours, and the slick, easy to hold and operating design allows for optimum manoeuvrability. The adjustable needle lengths (from 0.75 to 3mm) of the Dermapen allows for quick adjustments when treating different facial areas, where as dermal rollers only have one, non-adjustable setting. As seen in the image below, the Dermapen treatment is also far more precise and less damaging to the skin.
Is the Dermapen treatment painful?
Yes, to prevent you feeling any pain, we apply numbing cream to the treatment area before starting treatment.
How often do I need a Dermapen treatment for optimal results?
We recommend that patients have a Dermapen treatment once every 6 weeks until the required result has been achieved. The reason for the lengthy gap between treatments is that fact that is takes 6 weeks for the new, natural collagen to form. Patients have reported seeing signs of improvement anywhere between 2 weeks, to 8 months after the procedure. Certain scars have been known to take even longer. The results are entirely dependent on skin type and the severity of skin damage.
Are there any side effects?
Post treatment, skin can temporally feel dry, red and/or swell. These side effects last a few hours to a few days. Dermapen treatments are known to make the skin very photosensitive and we recommend that patients stay out of the sun for several weeks while their skin is recovering.
What about post care products?
We recommend the use of NeoStrata Collagen Firming Booster to stimulate collagen production after photo-rejuvenation procedures. In addition, NeoStrata Bionic Face Cream should be used at night. An alternative is to use the NeoStrata Matrix Day Support during the day, and the NeoStrata Cellular Restore at night.
Before and Afters:
Pre-Treatment: Post 3 Treatments: Pre-Treatment: Post 3 Treatments: