If you are looking for a way to minimize lines, wrinkles, acne scars or stretch marks, Dermapen might be the solution you’ve been waiting for. A modern version of micro-needling (past micro-needling procedures used just a roller technique), miniscule needles safely puncture the skin to create new collagen production and can reach as far down as the dermis by adjusting the depth of the treatment.
The vertical needling action rejuvenates collagen and elastin by creating safe injuries to the skin and stimulating the body’s natural repair process. During each treatment (one treatment every four weeks), the skin is pierced with an adjustable needle at the desired depth so that topical products used in conjunction are absorbed at the proper level. “As the skin heals, these small punctures form new collagen for healthier-looking, smoother skin,” says Chicago plastic surgeon Lawrence Iteld, MD.
Skin will be tighter, firmer and smoother after recovery. The skin heals without any scars, similar to how it recovers after IPL or a superficial chemical peel. Treated areas may be red, slightly swollen and feel tight or dry for a day or two with minimal to no bruising.
Bottom line: The same principle of creating safe skin injuries is seen in laser treatments and uses the same basic sciences. “Micro-needling may be beneficial to those who are not candidates for lasers,” says Dr. Iteld.