What is Skin needling?

For skin needling, we use a product called Dermapen. It is a medical device used in micro needling to break down old scar tissue and to stimulate skin cells to proliferate. This cell multiplication results in the formation of new tissue layers of elastin and collagen fibres (neo-collagenesis) as well as in new capillaries for an improved blood supply (neo-angiogenesis). The procedures are called Scar Reduction Therapy (SRT) and Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT).

What effects does the Dermapen have on the skin?

It improves the thickness of the dermis as well as the epidermis. This in return improves skin texture and reduces wrinkles. It also has a positive effect on hyper-pigmentation as well as on hypo-pigmentation. Reduces disfiguring scars and acne scars, stimulates new collagen fibres, improves blood supply and harmonises pigmentation.

How is the procedure performed and does it hurt?

The skin is cleaned and afterwards numbed with an appropriate numbing cream so there is only a little discomfort if any at all. Skin is thoroughly needled in such a way, that each skin part is needled about 15 to 20 times. An even flushing is the best indication for a perfect medical performance.

Can it be performed on any skin colour?

The Dermapen is safe to use on all skin types and all skin colours. There is no risk of post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation.

How often can the Dermpen procedure be repeated?

For Collagen Induction Therapy we recommend to start with 3 treatments, but with a minimum separation time of 4 to 8 weeks between treatments. For Scar Reduction Therapy an average of 3 to 6 treatments are recommended, with an expected improvement of 70-80%. The Dermapen can be used on all skin parts of the body (neck, décolletage, arms, legs, etc). We recommend 1-2 treatments a year to maintain the results and encourage further skin improvement.

What are the side effects of a Dermapen procedure?

There are virtually no negative side effects, and none have ever been reported in over 150,000 procedures performed worldwide.

Risks of post-op infections?

Since the tiny pricking channels close within one hour, and provided the procedure is done under clinical conditions, post-op infections are very unlikely.

What is the down time after a Dermapen treatment?

The inflammatory reaction of the skin is extremely short and fades significantly within hours from redness to pinkish that may last for 12 to 24 hours on average. In order to reduce visible redness, we recommend healing minerals, peptides or hyaluronic acid after the procedure, and to protect the skin with zinc based sun screen. We also recommend the use of mineral makeup to help with the healing.

What should I avoid on my skin after treatment?

To ensure the right healing environment, for 2-3 days do not use AHA’s (glycolic Acid), retinol, acidic or “active” ingredients. Exposure to sun should also be avoided.

What should I use on my skin after the treatment?

An anti-inflammatory cleanser to soothe, hyaluronic acid to hydrate, zinc to help heal but also to protect. Available at Zinc Clinic are products suitable for post skin needling care.

What are the effects on the skin with the medical Dermapen?
  • Improves skin texture and reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
  • Stimulates tissue regeneration.
  • Disfiguring scars, especially acne scars can be dramatically improved as new collagen fibres elevate the depressed scar tissue.
  • Improved blood supply into the previous scar tissue harmonises pigmentation with the periphery skin.
  • Pore size reduction.
  • Improve the appearance of stretch marks.
  • Improves skin texture and reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
  • Stimulates tissue regeneration.
  • Disfiguring scars, especially acne scars can be dramatically improved as new collagen fibres elevate the depressed scar tissue.
  • Improved blood supply into the previous scar tissue harmonises pigmentation with the periphery skin.
  • Pore size reduction.
  • Improve the appearance of stretch marks.