Microneedling is a procedure which helps create micro channels in the skin that stimulate collagen. Microneedling can be carried out by either a dermapen, dermastamp or a dermaroller.
Stene Marshall, the creator of Dermapen, is an Australian engineerical innovator who has inspired and led a team of highly skilled hardware and software engineers to revolutionise the future of micro needling and created the Dermapen 4. Celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kim Kardashian and Demi Moore have been reported to have used this procedure.
It is a medically engineered skin needling device that utilises micro-needles to deliver effortless and effective skin needling. It works on advanced oscillating vertical needle (AOVN) technology which enables a gliding action that smoothly flows over the skin to deliver efficient, dramatic and long-lasting results. It targets and treats concerns like acne scars, dark circles, open pores, fine lines, etc. It can also be used as an effective hair loss treatment. Due to its advanced design, it works well for hard to reach areas such as eyelids, beneath eyebrow, corners of nose and peri-oral contours.
Due to its AOVN technology, it reduces downtime and epidermal damage, increases patient comfort, removes needle breaking risk and helps in fractional skin rejuvenation. Other needling devices like dermaroller lacks these qualities. Because of its high oscillating technology, it also reduces patient discomfort which helps in acceptability.
Dermapen can effectively treat conditions like pigmentation, acne, rosacea, scars, stretch marks, milia etc, and is used for aesthetic treatments like skin rejuvenation, anti-ageing, enlarged pores, fine lines etc. On the other hand, this is not suitable for papulopustular rosacea, grade three and four acne, warts, herpes simplex, scleroderma, haemophilia etc.
Post-procedure, it is best to avoid direct sun exposure, not to apply active topical agents and avoid hot showers, spa or sauna for two days. Slight dryness may be observed so it is advisable to apply moisturiser properly. The greatest advantage of this technology is that downtime is very less so the post-procedure instructions are few. The patient can get back to his normal routine very quickly.
Why is Dermapen superior to dermaroller
The depth of the needle can be changed for different areas on the face.
The oscillating speed of the Dermapen helps to create more micro channels and hence stimulate more collagen.
Price per session varies from Rs 6,000 to Rs 9,000.
— The writer is a dermatologist.
Disclaimer: Always check with a specialist before going ahead with this procedure.