How Does Micro-needling with Dermapen Work?
The purpose of micro-needling (also known as Collagen Induction Therapy), is to stimulate the production of new collagen, using our skin’s ability to heal itself. The tiny needles used in micro-needling make microscopic channels in the skin, triggering the body’s healing response: it stimulates the skin to regenerate and repair itself naturally. Your skin reacts to any injury by initiating the healing process. You are essentially encouraging your skin to continue healing through this micro-needling process. The result is increased blood supply to the skin layers and the formation of more collagen and elastin (which give your skin elasticity and firmness). Dermapen helps optimize this process.

What Dermapen Treats
  • wrinkles
  • fine lines
  • acne scarring
  • stretch marks
  • wound healing stimulation        
  • skin tightening
  • lifting and rejuvenation 

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Percutaneous collagen induction (PCI) can be viewed as a simple alternative to fractional laser therapy. [Fernandes 2002] In essence, fractional microneedle therapy with Dermapen is similar to fractional laser therapy in that it creates patterns of tiny wounds, controlled trauma to tissue meant to stimulate neocollagenesis and cause tissue remodeling via the body’s natural wound healing response. The difference is that controlled damage caused by the vertical puncture with surgical steel microneedles leads to apoptosis (programmed cell death) rather than ablation or coagulation via thermal insult, which leads to necrosis. Histological study has shown apoptosis to be a more regulated process; the controlled, staged cell death is almost completely free of excess inflammation because cell membranes remain intact for a relatively long time. Necrosis is more chaotic and usually results in a much greater degree of inflammation. [Ziegler 2004] The inflammatory cascade is part of the mechanism behind heightened risk of PIH, hence the lack of PIH seen with Dermapen therapy. In fact, a major advantage of PCI is that its gentler approach lends it to repeat treatment. [Fernandes 2002]
Depth of damage is controlled by choice of microneedle length. The spacing of wounds or order in which they are created doesn’t matter, because collateral thermal damage or treatment discomfort due to heat buildup is not an issue. Skin color is not a factor in treatment the way it is with any laser therapy. And while marked increase in collagen is seen with Dermapen therapy, inflammation is minimal, thus side effects are minimal and safety is greater. 
This microneedling device creates tiny portals in your skin to help build reorganized collagen to fill in scars, improve stretch marks and wrinkles, and help with skin texture and pigmentation. With only a day or two of mild redness (versus three days of sunburn with ointment application with our CO2 fractional treatment), you can go about your life. Because it is more superficial than the CO2 treatment, you will need to return monthly for these treatments, with full results in 6 months.