Medical microneedling with Dermapen
Medical micro-needling is a potent form of Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT). Micro-needling is used for anti-ageing, scar repair, fine lines, skin texture, pores, stretch marks, acne, rosacea, alopecia, pigmentation, vitiligo and hair loss. Micro-needling is often combined with mesotherapy and carboxytherapy.
Micro-needling is an amazing way to induce collagen synthesis. The principle of creating a controlled injury to the skin which results in healing and collagen induction is not new. The Dermapen 4 has revolutionised medical microneedling and can give over 1800 pricks per second. It’s so fast and the needle so tiny that patients say it just feels like a tickle or a scratchy sensation. The micro-injury promotes a natural inflammatory response with a proliferation of growth factors and fibroblasts. These are the cells that produce collagen and elastin. New collagen will be laid down and deposited with new tissue formation. The skin is strengthened and tightened. It is effective to treat scars and stretch marks too.
How does it work?
The device glides gently along the skin, penetrating the layers of the skin closest to the surface, of a depth of up to 2mm to create numerous tiny needle wounds. The therapy encourages the body to respond through creation new collagen and elastin fibers. As the skin responds, it plumps and thickens, reducing the appearance of scars, wrinkles and fine lines.
What conditions does micro-needling treat?
- Mild to moderate acne scarring
- Surgical scarring
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Stretch marks
- Pore size and skin texture
- Keloid scarring
What can I expect from the procedure?
The skin is cleaned and numbing cream may be applied to lessen discomfort. For better results we use a collagen-stimulating product like Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin-C serum or skin lightener for pigmentation during the procedure. A small handheld pen like device with a sterile, disposable tip with 12 tiny needles is then used to pierce the skin. Our needling pen’s multi-speed and adjustable needle depth allow needles to pierce the skin’s layer at 90 degrees and increase the absorption of products. After the treatment, soothing Vitamin-C serum or Hyaluronic acid are used to hydrate, heal and protect the skin.
How will I look after treatment?
Sometimes. Most people will experience mild redness and possibly some swelling. The same way you may feel with a mild sunburn. Effects may last for 24-48 hours and there may be pinpoint bleeding and/or bruising. Within several days to several weeks you will notice a smoother, brighter, and more radiant appearance, however, the full effects of the treatment do not appear until several months later.
What is the down time like?
The inflammatory reaction of the skin is extremely short and fades significantly within hours from redness to pinkish that may last for 12 to 48 hours. In order to reduce visible redness, we recommend hyaluronic acid after the procedure, and to protect the skin with zinc based sunblock. The use of mineral makeup may be used after procedure.
What effects does micro-needling have on the skin?
- Improves the appearance of stretch marks
- Reduces pore size
- Improves the quality and texture of the skin
- Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
- Improves the look of disfiguring scars from surgery, accidents or acne.
Will it be painful?
Numbing cream can be applied prior to the treatment which drastically minimizes or eliminates any pain altogether.
Are there any risks?
The tiny pricking channels close within one hour, and because the procedure is performed under clinical conditions, the likelihood of infection occurring is extremely low.
How many treatments do I need and how often?
Micro-needling can be safely repeated every 4-6 weeks until you achieve the desired results. For collagen induction we recommend to start with 3 treatments, but with a minimum separation time of 4 to 6 weeks between treatments. For scar reduction an average of 3 to 6 treatments are recommended. The number of treatments required will depend on how each individual responds to the treatments, and the extent of the damage at the beginning Micro-needling can be used on all skin parts of the body (neck, décolleté, arms, legs, etc). Most people will begin to see results after the very first appointment.
Can micro-needling be performed for all skin types and colors?
Absolutely. It’s safe and effective for all types and colors of skin. There is no risk of post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation as the procedure does not rely on heat.
What are the side effects?
There are virtually no negative side effects from the procedure. None of been reported in over 150,000 procedures performed worldwide. However if cheap counterfeit microneedling pens are used there could be serious complications.