Choose the Dermapen for a Micro-Needling Treatment That Will Minimise Downtime
While history reveals that humans have sought ways to improve their appearance since primitive times, there is little doubt that during the last few decades, there have been some remarkable advances in the field that has become known as aesthetic medicine. One of the latest of these advances is a treatment known as medical micro-needling. In this procedure, tiny sterile needles are used to repeatedly puncture the skin in order to stimulate collagen and elastin production. For this purpose, a patented hand-held device known as a Dermapen is now available.
Used to treat skin problems such as fine lines and wrinkles, stretch marks, sunspots, and scarring due to acne or surgery, the pen-shaped device is applied to the skin where the fine needles in its tip penetrate the skin to a depth of between 0,5 and 3 millimetres. The device is applied with a gliding motion over the area to be treated, creating micro-injuries to the dermis and promoting a healing response that generates new collagen and elastin causing plumping and thickening to restore a smooth and blemish-free surface. Also known as collagen induction therapy, unlike other skin resurfacing techniques, the minimally-invasive treatments undertaken with the Dermapen are painless, free of complications, and do not require prolonged downtime.
Where the treatment requires maximum penetration, after cleansing the area and before applying the device, the skin is numbed with a topical anaesthetic to prevent any discomfort. Next, follows an application of topical nutrients, such as hyaluronic acid or Vitamin C serum. Channelled via the tiny needle punctures, these serve to assist the processes involved in collagen production. Alternatively, a skin lightener may be used to treat pigmentation problems. The effects of the micro-needling are thus twofold, providing both the physical and biochemical stimulation that is required to rejuvenate the treated areas. On completion, more skin nutrients may be applied to aid healing and hydration following a Dermapen treatment.
Both the depth of penetration and the number of individual treatments that may be necessary will depend on the particular condition to be treated and its severity. For minor skin issues, the minimum 0,5-mm penetration should suffice, while scarring issues may require the full 3mm. It is suitable for all skin types and colours, and may be used on all parts of the body, even the more delicate areas around the eyes and lips. Regardless of the depth of penetration, the puncture wounds will seal themselves within an hour, and because they are performed under strict clinical conditions, there should be little risk of infection. More surprisingly, most people will be able to see the results of their Dermapen treatment after a single session.