What happens during micro needling (DermaPen) treatment?
Micro-Needling is a minimally invasive procedure which has very little downtime and should be performed in a clean, medical environment.
On your treatment day, your practitioner will re-asses your medical history and you will be required to sign your consent.
The skin in the treatment area will be cleansed and a topical anaesthetic cream will be applied to the area that is to be treated (optional) and this will be left on for approximately 30mins.
The anaesthetic will then be removed, and the skin will be sterilised. A product will be applied to the area to allow the micro-needling device to move smoothly over the area. Some pinpoint bleeding may occur, and this is normal as this is the ‘trigger process’ of the skin – this is going to stimulate the fibroblasts to induce the production of collagen and elastin and the overall wound healing process.
Immediately after the needling, this skin will feel quite hot – similar to a sunburn reaction, and it will feel swollen. This response lasts for approximately 24- 48 hours depending on the individual. A serum and physical sunscreen will be applied to the skin before you leave.
How does DermaPen work?
DermaPen skin therapy is a multi-function treatment that uses small needles to cause tiny punctures in the skin.
These small contact points encourage the body to create a wound healing response and renew the skin cells. As your skin repairs, serum growth factors stimulate new collagen and elastin development. This treatment is most commonly used to combat acne and surgical scarring, enlarged pores, fine lines and wrinkles, loose and non-elastic skin and stretch marks.
DermaPen treatment is based on the natural rejuvenating power of the skin. Shortly after any injury to the human skin, old and damaged skin tissue dissolves and is replaced by new cells. The gentle, controlled needling method used in the DermaPen Micro-Needle skin therapy encourages this organic self-repair mechanism on a microcosmic scale.
The thin needles are used to gently penetrate the skin and create micro-injuries that trigger the synthesis of new collagen. This method is extremely effective and is hugely popular with clients who prefer a rejuvenation method involving significantly less epidermal damage than alternative treatments.
DermaPen comes with disposable, sterilised individual micro-needling tips; each tip has multiple stainless steel micro-needles. The tip depth can be adjusted between .25mm to 2.1mm depending on your specific needs and different treatment areas. This allows the needles to be adjusted during your session for optimal results on facial contours and the delicate features such as your eyes, nose and mouth.
How soon will I see results after my skin needling treatment?
You will see visible results for skin rejuvenation at between 6-8 weeks after your procedure and the results continue to improve over time. Your skin naturally heals itself every 45 days so with micro-needling stimulation changes will be fast.
Will I need down time after my DermaPen treatment?
A DermaPen is an electric device that looks very similar to a pen and holds several disposable microneedles at the end. The depth is controlled by millimetre precision to target specific areas of the body.
When the device is used, we are purposely causing physical trauma to the skin. Because of this trauma, you can expect redness, slight swelling and heat to the area. This is a normal reaction to be expected and will subside in 24-48 hours.
It is not a treatment which can be done during a lunch break, as the skin will look inflamed and sensitised for several hours after the treatment. You may use mineral make up only if you wish to use make up on the face for the 24-48 hours following your treatment, as this will not congest the skin and will be absorbed into the body as natural minerals do.
It is usually advised to have a micro-needling treatment at the end of a working day or on a day off from work or events that are in the days following.
Immediately after your treatment you can expect to feel heat and swelling in the area. Whilst downtime varies with each individual, depending on the aggressiveness of treatment and personal (temporary) skin response to treatment (skin inflammation and redness) this is a normal reaction to be expected.
In the days following you may get some dryness or flaking of the skin. This is a normal reaction as the micro-needling process will have boosted your cellular turnover and thus pushing away older dead skin cells.