Dermapen Treatment – Skin Needling
What exactly is a Dermapen Treatment?
Dermapen Skin Needling (also known as Collagen Induction Therapy), involves introducing a series of very fine, sharp needles into the upper layers of the skin following the administration of a topical local anaesthetic (designed to help reduce discomfort). The “damage” that the micro needles of the Dermapen Treatment cause to the dermis promote the increased production of collagen and elastin – the ‘scaffolding’ that helps to give skin it’s shape and elasticity – and encourage skin cells to repair themselves as a result of the body’s natural healing processes. Not only does this treatment help to reduce the appearance of facial scarring and acne scars, but it is also proven to help reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles, stretch-marks and skin laxity.
Why should I have this treatment?
Dermapen Skin Needling can effectively improve the texture and appearance of skin on the face and body, and has been successful in treating a number of skin issues, including:
- Reducing the appearance of lip wrinkles
- Improving Skin Texture/Tone
- Reducing pore appearance
- Increase product absorption
- Reducing the appearance of superficial facial wrinkles
- Improving the texture of the skin on the neck
- Reducing the appearance of acne or trauma scars
- Reducing the appearance of melasma and pigmentation
- Improving the texture of the skin on the chest
- Reducing the appearance of stretch marks.
How do I know if this treatment is safe and right for me?
At Appearance Based Medicine Ltd., Clare McLoughlin RGN INP will only carry out a non-surgical aesthetic procedure following a detailed one-to-one consultation with a patient, enabling her to accurately assess whether a treatment is appropriate given a patient’s unique medical history, skin condition and expectations.
During your consultation, you will be given comprehensive information about the procedure, potential side effects and any pre- and post-treatment advice. You will also be given the time to decide whether or not, given the information you have received, you would like to proceed with any recommended procedure.
There are some small risks associated with Dermapen Skin Needling treatments. Potential complications include minor flaking or dryness of the skin, with scab formation in rare cases. Milia may also form on the skin, which can be removed by the practitioner. Hyperpigmentation can occur very rarely and usually resolves after a month. If you have a history of cold sores, there is the possibility that these could flare up after treatment.
What happens during a Dermapen Skin Needling Treatment?
Treatment sessions with Dermapen take between 10 minutes and an hour to carry out, depending on the size of the area being treated. The innovative and advanced treatment tool that I use – a Dermapen – has single use heads, and the needles in these single use heads can be changed in length according to the area of skin that I am treating and the type of skin concerns I am tackling. I can adjust the length from 0.25mm to 2mm (for scarring) and can also change the length of the needles during the treatment to tailor the procedure to meet your unique skincare requirements.
Pain should be minimal during the treatment due to the application of the topical anaesthetic, though you may still feel some discomfort during the procedure. The skin will be pink or red in appearance following treatment, with some minor bleeding and bruising possible. This depends on the aggressiveness of the procedure – i.e., the length of needle used for the particular indication, etc. Recovery may therefore take 24 hours or up to a few days. Most people should, however, be able to return to work the following day.
It can take between 4 – 8 weeks before visible signs of skin regeneration are seen and the process will continue over the following months, providing a gradual enhancement. A single treatment can produce noticeable results, however a treatment plan of 2 – 5 treatments spaced 4 – 6 weeks apart is often recommended to achieve optimum results, though the specific number of sessions required will depend on the area being treated and the severity of the indication, as well as the level of natural response from the individual’s body.
Dermapen Skin Needling is an effective ‘stand alone’ treatment, but the visible results can be significantly improved when this treatment is combined with another non-surgical aesthetic procedure, like PRP Therapy (a.k.a. ‘The Vampire Facelift’). The combination of these two innovative treatments can generate a more dramatic improvement to the appearance and texture of the skin. If you are interested in the Dermapen and PRP combination treatment, please speak to Clare McLoughlin RGN INP who will carefully assess your suitability for this procedure.