The production of collagen is what promotes natural tissue healing within the body’s largest organ, the skin. Age and damage from sun exposure can cause skin to become wrinkled, stretched, and discolored, and scarring from acne and similar conditions can cause noticeable imperfections. A less-invasive way to restore the skin’s appearance is with the Dermapen® treatment, a micro-needling procedure that stimulates collagen production.
How It Works
Preparation for the outpatient procedure often includes cleansing the area of the skin that will be treated to remove excess debris and oil. After the patient is comfortable and prepared for treatment, micro-point channels are created. The body perceives these tiny pricks as damage, which stimulates the production of skin-rejuvenating collagen.
During treatment, the Dermapen® micro-needling device is placed into the upper or outer layer of skin (epidermis) and the thick layer of tissue just below it (dermis). When scars or other imperfections have been around for a while, the body does not sense a need to stimulate tissue repair. Micro-needling tricks the skin into detecting a need to repair tissue damage.
What to Expect After Treatment
Most patients experience little or no discomfort during the procedure. The results experienced with treatment will depend on the extent of the damage to the skin and factors such as the skin’s general appearance, texture, and pigmentation (color or hue). For instance, patients with minimal skin issues or blemishes or imperfections relegated to a single area may notice results within a week or even after a day or two.
Since the skin naturally heals itself every 45 days or so, Dermapen® micro-needling treatments spaced out over several weeks may produce rapid and positive results. Patients are often encouraged to adopt healthy skincare habits to increase the odds of enjoying lasting results from the treatment.
Why Consider Dermapen® Treatment?
Some skin imperfections can be corrected with topical creams and similar treatments. When damage to the skin is more noticeable and not responding to other remedies, micro-needling may be recommended. The treatment may minimize or reverse skin damage due to:
- Stretch marks
- Sun spots
- Age spots
- Deeper wrinkles
- Visible scarring
Micro-needling is a technique that may benefit anyone with unsightly skin imperfections or blemishes. Most patients see positive results with multiple sessions spread out over several months. The specific number of sessions recommended will depend on the severity and location of the skin issues and whether or not multiple areas of skin will need to be treated.