We’re thrilled to introduce the newest treatment to Evolve Skin Clinic – the Dermapen micro-needling pen.
What is a Dermapen?
A Dermapen is essentially a small device which, ironically, resembles a pen. The device is generally used in salons and clinics around the world, to treat skin imperfections and improve the skin’s overall appearance. The treatment is targeted to people with certain skin concerns, who aim to achieve tighter, rejuvenated, glowing skin – which is a result that Dermapen is definitely capable of achieving.
Dermapen says of their treatment: “We get ask all the time what is Dermapen? Our answer is simple put a a very popular dermatology microneedling treatment device that has been embraced all over the world. With over 6,000+ practitioners worldwide adding Dermapen to their practise specifically because of its effectiveness and efficiency when it comes to handling common skin problems like stretch marks, aging, wrinkles, fine lines, hair loss, acne scars, hyperpigmentation and so much more. Practitioners are constantly coming up with new treatments and ways to use the Dermapen micro needling pen.”
Here at Evolve Skin Clinic, we personally decided to offer Dermapen to our clients, old and new, as we were blown away by the results that it can achieve. There are many different treatments nowadays which target the same skin concerns, but there was just something a little different about Dermapen which meant we couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to get trained up, purchase our own device and introduce it to our clients.
How does Dermapen work?
You may or may not have heard of microneedling – but it’s a treatment that has soared in popularity over the past few years, with both celebrities and everyday people striving for better, clearer, smoother skin.
Microneedling is also known as collagen induction therapy, and is based on the traditional Chinese technique for acupuncture. The difference between the two, though, is that while the methods may be similar – the aims are very different. While Chinese acupuncture is targeted to reduce pain, micro-needling has one sole purpose: to improve the overall appearance of the skin.
The name of the treatment may sound a little daunting to some, and it really is quite plain to see what it entails. During a microneedling treatment, fine needles are used to create hundreds of tiny little punctures on the top layer of the skin. The Dermapen in particular has 12 tiny needles in the top of the tip, which glides over the treatment area to create these tiny punctures. Don’t panic, though, the Dermapen is designed in a way that is good for the skin, and wouldn’t create as much trauma to the skin as if, for example, a person was to puncture their own skin several times with a small needle. (Not recommended)
The design of the pen includes a motor situated inside it, which makes the needles move rapidly back and forth on the skins surface to create the punctures. The specially designed needles are able to rotate in a slight way, although the Dermapen device is initially placed vertically over the skin. The punctures created by the device are in no means permanent, and are only there to open the pores for a certain period of time.
The method of essentially puncturing the skin on top of already damaged skin can be a daunting reality for some, but there’s a perfectly suitable scientific explanation behind it. Dermapen’s explanation on how the treatment works: “When a person hurts themselves, the skin will generally initiate skin repair by stimulating growth factors that will, in turn, lead to the generation of collagen and elastin. Therefore, when the punctures are made using the Dermapen, the skin will treat the punctures as wounds and therefore initiate healing. This means that micro-needling tends to trick the skin to produce collagen and elastin to promote ‘healing’ and the effect will be a rejuvenated skin.”
Hence the name, “collagen induction therapy”.
What areas can be treated with Dermapen?
The Dermapen treatment is most commonly used to treat areas of the body or face affected by scars, stretch marks, wrinkles and fine lines, and reducing the appearance of skin laxity. The treatment can be performed on all parts of the body and is effective for shrinking pores, reversing pigmentation or sun damage and improving the skin tone.
The treatment is particularly effective for treating acne scars and can make a remarkable improvement on the skin no matter the severity of the initial damage. After the skin has been subject to acne, the normal skin is replaced by fibrous tissue (fibrosis) which has a slightly different composition, resulting in a more pronounced and thicker appearance to the rest of the skin. As the skin attempts to heal, scar tissue forms and results in the deformation of collagen, resulting in acne scars.
This particular skin condition can be very difficult to resolve and often leaves the individual embarrassed, ashamed and feeling the need to cover their skin. Dermapen can help to reduce the appearance of acne scars by breaking up fibrosis and uneven scar tissue, to then encouraging the growth of new tissue.
Treating fine lines and wrinkles
Microneedling can help to reverse the process of skin aging to a remarkable extent. During the procedure, the tiny punctures from the needles encourage the skin to generate more collagen and elastin, which in turn thickens and tightens the skin. As the body works to repair the injuries from the punctures, a new layer of skin is formed to reveal a fresher, plumper, more youthful appearance.
As well as reversing the signs of aging, microneedling can also help to prevent the look of dull, wrinkled skin creeping on us. The main factor to take away from this is that as we age, our skin starts producing less collagen, which results in the look of tired, wrinkled skin. Therefore, it makes sense that as microneedling encourages the production of more collagen, these skin concerns can be avoided.
It’s a great way of tackling already damaged skin, whilst also using it as a preventative measure. As the new skin cells replace the old ones, you’ll see a visible reduction in fine lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet. Continuation of the treatment will see the skin cells continue to replenish, and overall improvement in the skin’s appearance will get better. As this process of skin healing is completely natural, the results last longer without the need to undergo any painful surgery.
How many Dermapen treatments do I need?
As with any treatment, this varies from person to person. The medical professional administering the treatment will advise how many should be needed to achieve the desired results, which will depend on the area being treated and the skin concern it is targeting. As a general guide:
- Acne Scarring – 4-6 Treatments, 6 weeks apart.
- Skin Rejuvenation/Collagen Induction – 4-6 Treatments, 4 weeks apart.
- Stretch Marks – Approx. 4-6 Treatments, 6 weeks apart.
Does Dermapen hurt?
Generally speaking, Dermapen is a pain-free procedure. The skin is first fully cleansed and an aesthetic numbing cream is applied. This means that you won’t be able to feel the physical punctures of the skin, so it’s not painful, but you will be able to feel a sensation of the Dermapen on your skin.
What is the recovery time?
With Dermapen, there is no downtime. However, due to the nature of the procedure, it is best to avoid it before a big event to let your skin calm. For around 12-48 hours after the procedure, the treated skin will remain red and should be left free of make-up for as long as possible to help it heal as it should. The day after treatment, concealer may be used to minimise any redness.
In order to replenish the skin, the old skin cells must be replaced which means the skin may start to flake slightly around 2-3 days after the procedure.
How long do the results last?
With the Dermapen treatment, results can typically be seen after your first treatment, from one to eight weeks later. Once you’ve finished the full course of Dermapen treatments, usually around 4-6 treatments, the results will be far more significant and last a lot longer. Again, how long the results will last depends entirely on each individual’s skin.
The skin naturally heals itself every 45 days, meaning that the micro-needling effects can be ongoing. It’s possible that the full effects of the treatment may not be visible until 6 months after your final treatment.
*Before & After photos taken from Dermapen.com. Results may vary.
Important Dermapen aftercare procedures
Avoid sun exposure
A best practice for having Dermapen treatments is usually during the winter, so that there’s less chance of being exposed to the sun. It’s important to stay completely out of the sun after a microneedling procedure to allow the skin to heal fully. Sun screens are also to be completely avoided, as they may contain toxins which can be extremely harmful to the skin channels which are open post-procedure.
Avoid “active ingredient” skin products
For the same reason as avoiding sun screen, any skin care products that have active ingredients should be completely avoided. Post-procedure, the skin will be very sensitive and products which contain ingredients such as Alpha Hydroxyl Acids, Retinol and similar will irritate the skin even further.
Avoid make up after treatment
Following the Dermapen treatment, your skin needs to be allowed time to heal. The skin channels will remain open some time after the treatment, and using make up and brushes on the skin can penetrate the pores resulting in irritating the skin. Even worse, contaminated brushes and products could contaminate your already sensitive skin and lead to infections.
It’s best to wait at least 24-48 hours before applying any make up products on the skin, to really give it the best chance of recovering and avoiding any complications.
Use collagen stimulating peptides
Your medical practitioner will advise that you follow up your treatments using collagen stimulating peptides. This is because the treatment stimulates the production of collagen, so the skin needs higher amounts of collagen than usual to help recover.
Use an antioxidant serum
Antioxidant serums have properties that assist in healing the skin. Serums assist in soothing the skin and further reduce irritation.
Use a cooling face mask
The skin will be irritated and inflamed following the treatment, and a cooling mask will help to calm the skin and reduce redness. This will ultimately make the skin feel more comfortable.
Following the Dermapen treatment, you should avoid any strenuous exercise or any activities that may cause you to sweat. While you sweat, your pores open. As the skin will still have punctures from the microneedling, any bacteria on your skin may enter the punctures and cause an infection.
Drinking plenty of water is a great way to help the skin heal quicker. After all, hydrated skin is happy skin.
To find out more about the Dermapen treatments offered here at Evolve Skin Clinic, please get in touch with the clinic on 01204 528884 to talk to one of our trained professionals.