You may have heard of celebrities getting “Vampire” facials.
This may mean microneedling and other skin-penetrating facial treatments involving introducing plasma-rich solutions back into your skin, helping to stimulate collagen production and cellular renewal. A great treatment for ageing skin and even acne scarring, there are many different types of Vampire-labelled facials, including Factor 4 and the very popular micro needling techniques using a Dermapen.
Dermapen Microneedling: What are the potential benefits of Micro-needling for your skin?
The Dermapen is a revolutionary micro needling device in terms of skin care.
A clinical-use only device, it helps to refine the skin’s appearance and combat the visible signs of premature skin ageing, at deeper layers of your skin.
Dermapen is highly suitable for skin rejuvenation as it can help tighten – even potentially ‘lift’ – your skin as it improves your skins underlying collagen (strength) as well as it’s external appearance.
Dermapen techniques: What’s the treatment best for?
Our Dermal Clinicians can treat your skin with special Dermapen techniques to:
- Tighten prematurely ageing skin
- Encourage overall facial rejuvenation
- Even out your skin’s texture or pigmentation
- Improve active serum uptake (increases penetration of topically-applied skin nutrients)
The penetration impact for serums is particularly valuable for clients who use quality medical-grade (cosmeceutical) skin care products. Where most products sit on the skin and barely penetrate the deeper layers, with microneedling, channels are created that can carry up to 80% more topical nutrients to the deeper layers (deep into the skin’s fibroblasts) which provides nutrients to the underlying cells found in the dermis & basal layer.
Whilst the results can be somewhat similar to fractional laser treatments, there are far less side effects & far less downtime than there would be with a Fraxel skin rejuvenation treatment, for example.
Dermapen treatments help reduce:
- Fine lines & facial wrinkles
- Vertical lines around the upper lips
- Sagging, aged skin
- Appearance of large pores
- Some stretch marks
- Acne scars
- Face Surgery Scars (or ask about Scar Revision by our Plastic Surgeons)
- Skin damage from minor facial burns
The Dermapen Technique: How your Clinician Rejuvenates your Skin using micro-fine needles
When a Dermal Clinician or Nurse uses a Dermapen on your skin, they are essentially using a device that contains multiple micro-fine needles.
The Dermapen is used to carefully pierce your skin – vertically – to help tighten and lift your skin and give your face a more rejuvenated appearance.
A Dermapen in the right Clinician’s hands can visibly improve the appearance of fine lines, pigmentation, stretch marks, acne scars, trauma scars and other skin imperfections.
Less down time than other types of Rejuvenation
It has an automatic, high speed vibrating function which can also help increase the effectiveness of your skin treatment by rapidly creating several insertions (micro-needling). This helps reducing any pain or discomfort.
How does Dermapen Microneedling Works?
The concept of Dermapen micro-needling is based on your skin’s ability to repair itself whenever it encounters physical damage or trauma such as abrasions, cuts, and other types of wounds.
Normally, your skin destroys old damaged tissue immediately after an injury and replaces it with new healthy skin cells.
Dermapen’s unique ability allows controlled induction of your skin’s self-repair mechanism (cellular repair and renewal) by creating controlled wounds (called “micro injuries”). This technique stimulates the production of new collagen, which helps to create new, healthy skin.
Wound healing in general resembles the following process over time. With a Dermapen treatment, however, the micro needling essentially creates very tiny ‘pinholes’ in your skin. This stimulates the cellular renewal and collagen rejuvenation process, without causing external surface damage or scars. In fact, the treatment can help reduce acne scars and other facial skin imperfections.
In addition to this, the punctures from microneedling treatments also act as micro-channels that help carry essential nutrients deeper into your skin layers for increased effectiveness. The result is smoother, radiant and younger looking skin when you use top quality serums and other active-ingredient skin care products.
What happens during the Skin Needling Procedure?
Dermapen microneedling is performed in a safe and precise manner with the use of a sterile needle, by a qualified and highly trained Dermal Clinician or Nurse.
It can easily be performed in the Clinic and is typically completed within 20 to 60 minutes, depending on the size of the treated area and the extent of your pre-existing skin damage or ageing that you want to improve.
Before the procedure, your Dermal Clinician will apply a topical anesthetic on your skin to help minimize any potential discomfort.
Your clinician then places the Demapen over the target area, moving the hand piece back and forth.
- Initially, you may feel a stinging sensation as the needle tip makes contact with your skin.
- This creates tiny punctures in your skin surface, inducing the production of new healthy skin cells.
- After the procedure, you can immediately resume your work or daily routine because no bandages are required and it is minimally invasive.
Is the Microneedling Procedure Safe?
The treatment is not only very effective but it is also considered safe with few side effects or complications if you follow the post-treatment care instructions carefully.
You can, however, expect some redness, minimal swelling and mild discomfort during or after the procedure. These are usually quite tolerable for most patients.
If you have lower pain threshold, you can ask to be prescribed mild painkillers to manage discomfort (you’ll need to visit with one of our Plastic Surgeons or Aesthetic Physician or female GP before hand if you have a very low threshold for discomfort).
How Many Treatments will I need?
Every person’s skin is unique so the number of treatments you may need will vary depending on what condition(s) you want treated with microneedling. The following are some general guidelines only, but you are welcome to speak with one of our Dermal Clinicians in Hawthorn and learn more about what micro needling can do for YOUR skin concerns.
- Acne Scarring – treatments are customised per patient
- Typically 4 to 6 Dermapen treatments
- Scheduled approximately 6 weeks apart
- Anti-Ageing Skin Rejuvenation including Collagen Induction
- Typically 4 to 6 treatments scheduled approximately 4 weeks apart but can vary between patients
- Stretch Marks Reduction
- Stretch marks are challenging to treat but there are some options to reduce their appearance
- Whilst not all stretch marks can be treated effectively, our Dermal Clinician can help you know if microneedling can help
- For most patient, treatments will be scheduled approximately 6 weeks apart and you’ll need from 4 to 8 treatments for best results
Skin Microneedling in Melbourne: What are the Advantages of a Dermapen Treatment?
The procedure has several advantages over the traditional microneedling treatments, including:
- Ability to safely reach more areas of the facial skin, including around the nose and around the eyes
- More micro injections in the target area means better circulation and healing
- Less painful and minimally invasive
- Ability to be more controlled and offer a more uniform treatment, providing for greater consistency of results
- Needle adjustments allow for treatments to be tailored to YOUR individual skin’s needs
- The procedure uses disposable needles which hence reduces or eliminates risks of infection
Dermapen microneedling may be the ultimate solution to your skin condition.
To learn more about how YOUR skin can benefit from choosing a microneedling procedure, you can call (03) 8849 1400 and ask to speak to one of our Skin Care Advisors
We’ll be happy to help assess whether Dermapen microneedling will suit your specific skin problems including acne scar reduction and anti-ageing skin rejuvenation.
By appointment only: Melbourne (Hawthorn).
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