We know that microneedling helps to rejuvenate skin, and is very useful in helping to lessen the appearance of scars; stretch marks and fine lines.
Dermapen is a device that allows Dr. Lisa Fay to precision-target areas of the face; it’s a hand-held device that creates tiny micro-point channels in the skin.
Why does needling the skin help it?
Your body perceives this as damage – it’s a kind of ‘controlled wounding’ and it is stimulated to begin a repair immediately. Skin always responds to any injury by initiating the healing process.
Growth factors are released, and they in turn trigger the production of collagen and elastin. Your skin normally assumes that scars, stretch marks and wrinkles are repaired skin and won’t do anything by itself to get rid of them, so the DermaPen works by fooling the skin into thinking it’s been wounded so it starts to repair itself in the areas Dr. Fay targets.
The clever Dermapen auto-stamp micro-needling treatments start a skin remodelling process that carries on for months after the treatment. You’ll see results can be seen within a week or even a few days, and with a little micro-needling stimulation changes can be dramatic and fast.
Depending on the depth of the needle penetration, the Dermapen can be used for many different elements of skin rejuvenation, from making the absorption of topical products more effective while the micro-channels are still open just after needling, to the clinical treatment of scars and wrinkles.
What can the DermaPen be used for?
Dermapen allows Dr. Fay to treat specific skin areas – large or small – to achieve a number of goals.
- Lip wrinkles
- Skin Texture / Tone
- Pore appearance
- Increase product absorption
- Superficial facial wrinkles
- Skin texture on the neck
- Acne Scarring / Trauma Scarring
- Melasma and Pigmentation
- Textural improvements to chest
- Stretch marks
It’s most often used on the face, but skin needling can be successfully applied to any area of the body.
Dermapen depths for different skin problems
From very superficial penetration at a cosmetic depth of 0.25 mm, to clinical treatments up to 2.5mm into the skin, Dermapen can be used to improve and correct skin problems without the use of lasers.
Surface penetration opens the skin long enough to use specific treatment serums – this makes them far more effective, as usually product molecules are too large to cross the skin barrier.
Dermapen opens the skin for a few minutes and this allows a huge increase of product penetration – your product ingredients can then reach beneath the surface where they will do the most good.
A little deeper penetration depth has a very positive impact on superficial sun damage and light scarring, improving skin texture; tone and the appearance of pore size.
Deeper levels of penetration can improve acne scars, burn scars, stretch marks and tighten skin and soften wrinkles.
Does it hurt and what’s the downtime?
Surface penetration is usually tolerated well, but a topical numbing gel can be applied for deeper work. Dr. Fay will discuss the options for making the treatment the most comfortable for you.
The immediate appearance of the skin depends on how aggressive the treatment is.
Day 1: Skin will look red and a bit swollen.
Day 2: A red or pink hue persists like a moderate sunburn. Swelling may be more noticeable on the second day.
Day 3: Skin can be pink or normal colour. Swelling subsides. Dr. Fay will prescribe post procedure care.
To book an appointment call Cosmetic Doctor on 01 685 3100.