Stimulate Collagen With A Pen
Shellie Terry Benson
We go through quite a lot to get our skin to produce better-acting collagen, from topical products to lasers and every cream in-between. But a new device called Dermapen may make collagen stimulation easier than ever to achieve, says New York plastic surgeon, Sharon Giese, MD.
"Needling the skin is a very old technology that goes back to ancient times," Dr. Giese says, in that inserting tiny needles into the skin will cause minuscule damage to it, in turn boosting collagen production that can smooth away wrinkles or scars.
"What brings micro-needling into the 21st century is that with this device, the depth of penetration of the needles is adjustable. With a twist of the knob, you can lightly prick the top of the skin to help topical products seep in better...or go deeper with the needles to stimulate collagen."
You may be familiar with derma-rollers, which offer a similar type of collagen reaction, but the needles on the rollers are five times fatter and spaced 100 times further apart than those on Dermapen, Dr. Giese says. "Roller pens are so crude compared to this device, and they look medieval," she explains. "The advancement is in the finesse of [Dermapen]."
Fraxel lasers produce a similar type of micro-penetration, however, the heat administered into the skin causes what Dr. Giese calls "collateral damage" to healthy tissue that she doesn't see with Dermapen.
Plus, because it's so small (it looks like a marker or highlighter pen), Dr. Giese says getting into smaller contoured areas is easier than using a laser and definitely more efficient than a derma-roller. Plus, "It goes faster, so it's less painful," she says.
Depending on the type of treatment the patient gets, the recovery from a Dermapen session can range from zero to four days. Dr. Giese says the lighter treatment will show results right away with more radiant skin, while the deeper procedure will take three to six months to produce results. She anticipates those with acne scars, stretch marks, smoker's lines and other wrinkles will see significant improvement.
Since many specialists like Dr. Giese have been using Dermapen for just a few weeks, we'll have to wait to see the final results. Stay tuned to NewBeauty for the latest on this new technology.
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