Microneedling, or collagen induction therapy, is a procedure that uses a special medical device to perforate the skin, resulting in hundreds of micropunctures. These are “controlled skin lesions”. The existence of these “micro-lesions” stimulates healing by accelerating dermal synthesis of new collagen and elastin fibers and by increasing capillary neovascularization. Fresh blood flow and collagen production result in glowing rejuvenated skin. Texture, firmness and hydration of the skin are improved. The penetration depth of the needle dictates the potential outcomes.
Plastic surgeon Des Fernandez introduced the first derma-roller with applications in aesthetic medicine in 1996. 20 years later, due to the evolution of the technology, the procedure is again avant-garde, so it can treat multiple skin disorders.
It has a significant number of benefits, such as:
1. It is an effective method of treating fine lines, wrinkles, lax skin, post-acne scars, stretch marks, hair loss, melasma or hyperpigmentation.
2. It is less expensive than laser resurfacing procedures, but comparable in efficiency.
3. Post-procedure recovery is much shorter than laser treatments.
4. Unlike chemical peels, microneedling can be used on any type of skin.
Microneedling is commonly combined with the use of a wide range of skin care ingredients, such as vitamin C and peptides (collagen synthesis), hydroquinones (depigmentation), vitamin A (rejuvenation, acne treatment), to increase the efficiency and absorption of these products.
The procedure can be done virtually anywhere on the body, but the most commonly treated areas are the face, neck, décolletage and scalp.
Dermapen is a motorized surgical instrument that uses a disposable 12 micro-needle cartridge.
• it has no risk of infection
• faster penetration speed than manual applications
• short-term sessions
• adjustable needle depth
• minimal pain
• easy handpiece
• easy to use
Used by practitioners from over 50 countries, Dermapen effectively treats several skin conditions, including:
• fine wrinkles
• different types of scars
• dilated pores
• stretch marks
• hyper – and hypopigmentation
Recovery after this treatment depends on the length and number of needles in the device. The skin will have an erythematous appearance (pink or red) for 24-48 hours, similar to a minor sunburn. Sometimes small bleeding or slight bruising may occur. Also, the skin may feel warm, tense or rough for a limited period of time. Generally, the inflammatory response is short and fades significantly after a few days, depending on patient’s skin color. In patients with sensitive skin or elderly, complete recovery can take up to a week. The visible signs of regeneration occur after 6-8 weeks, but the process evolves for several months with progressive improvements. Although a single treatment can provide a notable result, for maximum effects a series of 6-8 sessions are recommended at about 6 weeks apart.