The surprising ways Dermapen Microneedling works

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 6:25am
Of all the clinical anti-aging treatments on the market, microneedling, or Collagen Induction Therapy, is perhaps the most unusual in its application for
creating younger skin. Medical Esthetics by Katie was the 1st Skin Clinic in New Westminster to do microneedling two years ago and has helped many clients with anti-aging and acne scaring.
I had the pleasure of attending an Advanced Microneedling workshop with Dr. Andrew R. Christie from Dermapen World last Thursday in Vancouver. WOW, what an amazing educator he is. Very funny, very knowledgeable, very attentive and shared many tips and tricks. I hope he comes back to Vancouver again with DermapenWorld soon.
It works using a micropen called a Dermapen, is a minimally-invasive procedure in which 11 tiny, sterile needles pierce the skin, creating thousands of microscopic channels in the skin similar to those caused by a fractional laser. Needle depth can be adjusted, offering a customized treatment based the the skin concerns I am treating. This activates a healing response in the skin leading to the formation of fibroblasts, release of growth factors, and ultimately deposition of new collagen and elastin. 
For you, that means a whole lot of good stuff!
  • A visible reduction in large pores
  • Smoothing wrinkles and filling deep lines
  • Improving depressed acne scarring
  • Improving the appearance of stretch marks
  • Thicker skin for more elasticity
  • Reduction in cellulite
Microneedling is so versatile it can be used on the face, neck and body! And it’s suitable for all skin types, including thin and previously lasered skin. I use a
topical anesthetic, which makes the treatment extremely comfortable but can be done with out. Fraxel lasers produce a similar type of micro-channels. However, lasers use high heat to penetrate the skin, which produces collateral damage to healthy tissue, thereby causing pain and more downtime. 

Microneedling is preferable over laser and chemical peels in many patients because it is safe for use in all skin types, all parts of the body (including stretch marks on the abdomen). In addition, the downtime with Microneedling is quite short, with transient redness usually lasting less than a day (as compared to one week or more with peels or laser). Mild swelling is usually seen for about three days. I will provide you with a special serum to apply for the first few days, but you can resume using regular skincare products by the third day following treatment.

Microneedling is also a great technique for those who are concerned with their complexions but are reluctant to try Botox or fillers. Because it is mechanical and doesn't involve any chemicals or neurotoxins, the technique is reassuring to many. While some patients should notice improvements in just a few days, others may not see any results for up to several weeks, depending on their skin type and the epidermis condition that needs to be corrected.


Do you have a skin condition I haven’t mentioned here? Ask us about it. I can tell you if microneedling will work for you.

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