As I type this, it’s almost exactly a week since my first microneedling experience. After I dipped my toes into the fillers world, it’s almost as if the rest of the medical aesthetic universe suddenly appeared. I guess today, peels aren’t the only thing you can do.
Dermapen is one of those treatments, and instead of it being very specific and for a certain skin type or age group, it has many uses. Depending on the needle depth, Dermapen treatments are anti-ageing, stimulate collagen, increase skin tightness and reduce pigmentation and scarring.
So what is a dermapen and how does it work?
The idea behind the Dermapen is that the needles create micro scars that the skin will jump to heal itself. Practitioners can adjust the depth of the needle in order to adjust the severity of the micro scar. However, even though I say scar, this isn’t the ‘Vampire’ facial. All you should see when you leave their office is redness. As the skin repairs itself, it starts producing collagen and elastin. The immediate effect is skin tightening and the full effects can be seen 21 days after the treatment.
The Dermapen doesn’t roll over your skin, like a dermaroller would and creates a much ‘cleaner’ scar. As the pen is moved over the skin, the needles pierce it and oxygen is pushed into the skin.
What to expect at a treatment
Duration: 60 minutes.
I had my treatment at The Aesthetic Studio at Sandton Mediclinic which forms part of Dr Ridwan Mia’s cosmetic surgery practice. The treatment begins with application of a topical numbing cream. The numbing cream takes half an hour to fully numb your face and that’s actually why the treatment takes so long, the actual procedure takes ten minutes. While the numbing cream did it’s work I answered emails and continued working. Once the numbing cream did it’s work, it was removed and Danielle, the therapist, started preparing my skin for the treatment.
Prior to the actual needling, actives are applied based on your skin’s needs to enhance the effects of the Dermapen treatment. Danielle applied three serums for me: The Dermaceuticals Hyla Active, Antioxidant Cocktail and the Vitamin Rich Repair serums. These serums contain Hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin, zinc to speed up recovery, Vitamin C, Vitamin B3 and more. Once the serums are applied, the treatment begins.
I must admit, I might have a low pain threshold, so I found the treatment uncomfortable, especially on my forehead. The rest of my face was easy to manage but the forehead was almost unbearable. That being said, it is a quick treatment and afterwards Danielle applied a soothing mask for ten minuets and I left the office feeling 100% fine.
Recovery: 1-5 days.
Limitations: No exercise for 24-48 hours post treatment, no actives and exfoliation for 7-14 days, no pet cuddles.
Immediately after the treatment your skin should feel tight and you should see some redness. Since my treatment wasn’t very deep and I don’t often see much redness after treatments, I barely saw any on the day. The next day, my face did look red, but mostly like I applied a light blush to my cheeks and forehead. For three days after the treatment my skin did seem a little rough, and I used products aimed at post-treatment like the Dermaceutic K-Ceutic.
It’s been seven days and my skin looks amazing. My skin is smooth and is visibly radiant. I’m a convert. I can’t wait for my second session.
P.S I find Danielle to be so professional and the perfect therapist for these procedures. Her bedside manner is supportive and comforting.
P.P.S I’m sorry there aren’t too many pictures, there’ll be some after the next session, we’re taking some for a really good before and after shot. For now, enjoy the *flattering* Instagram shots. #nomakeup