Dermapen® / Micro-Needling
Boost Collagen & Elasticity
Micro-needling is one of the most effective ways to improve skin texture, treat scars, fine lines and wrinkles, with minimal down-time. Using either the DermaPen or SkinPen, this state-of-the-art precision tool is designed to simulate your skin’s natural ability to produce new collagen.
What to Expect
The procedure lasts less than an hour. After applying a topical numbing cream, Dr. Cockerham slowly glides the DermaPen over the repair area as the micro-needling penetrates the areas where scars, wrinkles and elasticity problems exist. The micro penetrations cause the skin to naturally recover and rejuvenate by triggering collagen production.
Benefits to The Skin
Micro-needling can reverse years of sun damage, address fine lines and wrinkles, skin tone, texture, acne scars, hyper-pigmentation, and enhance the overall appearance of the skin.
With effects comparable to CO² treatments (Active FX and DeepFX), micro-needling has significantly less downtime. the skin’s inflammatory reaction with micro-needling fades within hours to a pinkish hue that may last 12-24 hours. Monthly treatments are recommended for full benefit in about six months.
To reduce visable redness, we recommend healing camouflage, peptides or hyaluronic acid after the procedure, and to protect the skin with physical block-based sun screen – all available through Dr. Cockerham’s office.
Who is a Good Candidate for Dermapen Microneedling Treatment?
Most adults are good candidates for microneedling. During your consultation, we’ll discuss what you can expect during and after the treatment, how many treatments you may need, and what we expect in terms of results. It’s important to know what Dermapen microneedling can and cannot accomplish before moving forward with the treatment. We’ll make sure we’re on the same page by thoroughly explaining how this procedure works and what it works to correct.
To be an ideal candidate for Dermapen treatment, you cannot be taking isotretinoin acne medication. You must be off of this medication for three months before seeking microneedling of any kind. Your skin in the treatment area must also be free of cuts, abrasions, and infection or herpes outbreak. Due to the risk of scarring, microneedling may not be right for you if you have a history of developing keloid scars.
When Will I See the Results of My Dermapen Treatment?
You may see some of the effects of your Dermapen treatment as soon as your provider has completed the procedure. That said, your skin may also look puffy and flushed for a short time. You may have tiny pinpoints of redness or bleeding from the micro-injuries that were created by the tiny needles on the applicator. Perhaps a better way of explaining it is that you’ll be able to tell you’ve had the treatment done right away but will see the effects of your treatment over time.
Microneedling works by bringing more collagen to the skin in the targeted area. It can take four to six weeks for your body to produce healthy new collagen, send it to the area of focus, and for the existing collagen matrix to be made over, and strengthened with new protein strands. When you visit us for your microneedling consultation, we’ll discuss what you can expect during, after, and well beyond your initial treatment.
How Do I Care for My Skin After Microneedling Treatment?
One of the benefits of the Dermapen treatment is that it’s convenient with very little aftercare needed. You’ll receive detailed care instructions that outline how you should wash and moisturize your face during the brief recovery period, when you can apply makeup, and whether or not you may require any special products to support your tissue regeneration process.
Is There Anything I Must Avoid After Getting Dermapen Microneedling?
Your provider may give you a detailed list of do’s and don’ts when you undergo your Dermapen treatment. Generally, there are a few restrictions that are recommended. They don’t last more than a few days so shouldn’t impact your day-to-day life much if at all.
After microneedling treatment, you may be advised to avoid:
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Medications in the NSAIDs family should be avoided after microneedling because they can inhibit the effectiveness of your treatment! Inflammation is actually a key element in optimal tissue recovery, so taking an NSAID can prolong your recovery and also diminish it. NSAIDs also thin the blood and can create a risk of bruising. Likewise, avoid applying ice to the area and do not take supplements that reduce inflammation, including bromelain and arnica.
- Picking the skin. You may flake or peel lightly as your skin sheds old cells after microneedling. You mustn’t pick or rub these areas in an attempt to accelerate healing. Picking and rubbing the skin that’s flaking could result in irritation or blemishes. It also creates a risk of infection.
- Over-moisturize. Your skin will become slightly dry after your Dermapen treatment. Flaking can feel frustrating but it isn’t an indication that you need to apply more moisturizer. Follow your aftercare instructions as they’re written even if your skin seems drier than you expected. Over-moisturizing can prolong the cellular turnover that helps rejuvenate your skin.
- Sweating. For the first three days after your microneedling treatment, it may be wise to avoid excessive heat, hot tubs, saunas, and exercise that causes you to sweat. This could cause unwanted irritation.