Often, these over-the- counter skincare products can’t get the results we’re looking for when it comes to maintaining the skin’s natural beauty or when we’re seeking to enhance dull, damaged skin cells. At The Face Institute, we have found a new and improved cosmetic skincare tool called DermaPen. DermaPen is a microneedling device, designed to trigger the skin’s natural physiological processes to rejuvenate and repair the skin from within. The DermaPen was designed to help break up the top layer of the skin to reduce the appearance of degrading cells that have darkened, dried, and recover new tissue by natural healing.
DermaPen can be used as an anti-wrinkle and anti-ageing treatment, or to reduce the appearance of acne scarring, surgical scarring and stretch marks. It is particularly beneficial in improving skin’s texture, combating fine wrinkles and helping lift the skin that has begun to sag. The ageing process can be cruel in combination with gravity, but we can work on our healthy skin continually to make sure it happens slowly and beautifully.
How DermaPen Works
The DermaPen is a device that delivers microneedles (usually one to two millimetres long) into the epidermis and deep dermis. These ultra-fine, minuscule needles cause micro-injuries in the skin, which kick-starts the body’s healing response. Depending on the area to which the DermaPen needles are applied, the depth they reach differs as needed. For example, the more sensitive areas of the skin around the nose and forehead have more superficial treatments.
Following treatment with DermaPen, the treatment site is flooded with growth factors, blood and oxygen. This promotes the production of new collagen and elastin in the dermis, and the facial support is remodelled with greater vasculature and improved skin tightening. Within the blood, these growth factors are the antidote to ageing skin since they are the natural first-responders to damage the skin incurs below the surface. As soon as the DermaPen causes minor punctures in the skin, the surrounding healthy tissue and growth factors will come to rescue and repair.
Treatment Steps with DermaPen
The DermaPen treatment begins with the application of numbing cream to the face by a nurse or specialist. This cream acts as an anaesthetic and helps increase comfort during the procedure since these tiny needles cause minor discomfort. Typically, the numbing cream is left on for a period of time before treatment with DermaPen begins to ensure no minor pain is felt by the patient.
Results and Recovery
During the procedure, a small amount of bleeding is expected, depending on the needle depth. The pen is moved across the face in sections, for a universal result. Patients can expect some mild redness and swelling directly after treatment, and the skin might feel dry and tight for the first one to three days following the procedure. Specialised skincare is usually recommended, and patients are advised to avoid wearing makeup for 12 hours post-procedure to prevent irritation.
In some cases, multiple treatments with DermaPen are required to achieve the best results. These results are cumulative and begin to show after a week as they continue to improve for up to three months following treatment, where new collagen begins to form within the dermis. To produce healthier looking skin, we start at the base and work through the superficial tissues and treat these with healing factors and monitoring. Depending on your results and preference, Dr Gerarchi will recommend continued treatments or alternative therapies to work in combination with this DermaPen treatment.
Although DermaPen is minimally invasive, a professional hand is indeed required to ensure the best results. A clinical consultation with an experienced practitioner is necessary, as this will ensure the treatment is tailored to the individual patient, depending on their preferences and concerns.
Call The Face Institute today on (02) 9412 4599 or email us if you would like any additional information about our DermaPen microneedling skin rejuvenation treatment.