The human body is incredible in its ability to transform. A closer look at the skin is the ultimate example of an organ that can transition with time, age and exterior influences while still maintaining the integrity of its protective purposes. While our skin is durable enough to protect us from the elements, it remains flexible enough to change over time. While these changes are natural, on an aesthetic level many individuals find the relaxing or changing of skin unaligned with the aesthetics they aim to maintain.
Whether these alterations show up in the form of wrinkles with age, stretch marks from pregnancy or general weight loss, scars from accidents or smile lines, the proof of our full lives shows up on our skin, but that doesn’t mean it has to stay that way. Individuals looking to restore and rejuvenate skin that has succumbed to these types of changes will be thrilled with results offered from the process of micro-needling. Today, the Dermapen has gained great popularity amongst cosmetic patients looking to reverse the visible results of wrinkles, acne scars, and even tattoos.
Dermapen is administered as a micro-needling technique which is delivered as a topical solution but works to restore skin from below the surface where collagen and elastin are produced. Patients who elect to treat fine lines, wrinkles and scars with Dermapen choose to participate in a treatment plan that aims to promote skin regeneration in problem areas on the body. As micro-needles run over the surface of the skin, they effectively open pores along the way. The body reads this message as a call to restore skin cells naturally. As a result, elastin and collagen are produced at a more rapid rate and the result over multiple treatments tends to be brighter, smoother and firmer skin for the majority of patients.
A great advantage for patients who elect to undergo Dermapen treatments is the ease and convenience of the outpatient procedure. Dermapen can be administered in the comfort of the attending physician’s office and the entire process usually takes less than an hour out of the day. For patients with sensitive skin or who are worried about pain, a physician will generally apply a numbing cream to the treatment area prior to using Dermapen. Once the treatment areas have clearly been marked, the physician will gently run the Dermapen over those areas the patient is looking to firm, smooth and rejuvenate. Once treatment is complete, patients will receive a cooling oil or serum application to help stimulate collagen growth and provide a protective barrier on the skin.
The majority of patients using Dermapen treatments report seeing visible results within a week or two of their first treatment. The most successful results are achieved when multiple sessions are scheduled. On average, patients choose to participate in four to six treatment sessions with each session scheduled four to six weeks apart. This type of treatment schedule allows ample time for skin to react to treatment and prepare for further collagen and elastin production.
Because Dermapen can be administered in an outpatient setting, patients benefit from avoiding any and all risks associated with general anesthesia, hospital stays or lengthy recovery periods. There is hardly any downtime associated with Dermapen treatments and at most, patients have reported experiencing slight redness and swelling at the treatment site that tends to disappear within 24 hours. This type of discomfort is typically treated with over the counter pain medication at the patient’s discretion.
The cost for undergoing Dermapen treatments varies drastically from patient to patient and is highly dependent on factors including the size and number of areas to be treated as well as how many sessions are required to achieve successful results. While the results of Dermapen treatments are comparable to Fraxel, patients do enjoy an overall lower cost when electing Dermapen. The team at the St. Louis Laser Lipo and Vein Center is happy to explain the many options for handling payments and financing that are available through our clinic.
When it comes to taking steps towards changes in your skin with Dermapen, start by scheduling an initial consultation with Dr. Wright at the St. Louis Laser Lipo and Vein Center. This consultation provides Dr. Wright the time to both evaluate each patient’s medical history and explain the specifics surrounding the many options available to patients. At the St. Louis Laser Lipo and Vein Center, we take a comprehensive approach to patient care and encourage patients to use this consultation as a time to express concerns, voice preferences and ask questions in order to help us develop a customized treatment plan that proves successful.