Dermapen Micro-Skin Needling
How does it work?
The Dermapen has evolved and is significantly improved from earlier micro-needling techniques that utilised a rolling action, creating more discomfort and downtime than the vertical approach of the Dermapen. The pen-like device allows us to treat both delicate and difficult to reach areas of the face such as around the eyes and nose that were previously inaccessible with the rolling device.
The micro-fine needles housed in the single-use, sterile cartridge of the pen penetrate the strata of the skin (epidermis and dermis) at a depth determined by the practitioner (0.25mm to 2.5mm) to create microscopic “wounds” within the skin. This in turn stimulates the body’s wound healing cascade, resulting in increased blood flow to the area, stimulation of neovascular growth (creation of new blood vessels), synthesis of proteoglycans such as Hyaluronic acid (responsible for the ability of the epidermis to bind and retain water molecules) and new collagen synthesis as well as cellular lysis (destruction of damaged cells such as in scars or pigmentation) resulting in significant improvement to both skin texture and discolouration. This process occurs over a period of weeks to months and results are progressive.
What can I expect?
The treatment is generally well tolerated. The ability to vary the depth of the treatment enables us to treat delicate areas more gently, and blemishes such as scars or lines more effectively. For improved comfort, a topical anaesthetic (numbing) cream is applied to the area 30-60mins prior to treatment. This is cleansed off directly prior to the procedure, your skin is prepped with an antimicrobial solution and a thin layer of gel containing hyaluronic acid, zinc and Vit B5 is applied to lubricate the skin for increased comfort. The device is moved across the skin, creating up to 1300 micro-columns per second and eliciting minor pinpoint bleeding which, due to the super-fine nature of the needles is transient and the skin is clean and intact at the cessation of your treatment.
Downtime is minimal with most people experiencing mild, transient redness (24-48hrs) and minor oedema (swelling) of the skin (24-48hrs). Occasionally, bruising may occur over delicate areas or deeper scars and lines requiring stronger treatment. Mineral powder can be applied the following day however we recommend you limit touching your skin or using products/makeup on the day. Your regular skincare, including active ingredients can be resumed approx. 5/days post treatment or as tolerated.
How many treatments will I need?
As with all procedures that can boast very little downtime, typically a number of treatments are required to achieve a great result. We recommend a series of 4-8 sessions, approximately 4-6/weeks apart. Here at Hope Dermatology we will always discuss with our patients what level of result they can realistically expect from any of our treatment plans.
Like most things, the more you do, the better the outcome.