Dermatology experts recommend microneedling for perioral wrinkles (lines around the mouth, so called #smoker’s lines”), enlarged pores, fine lines, textural improvement.
Microneedling is uses a machine which looks like a pen (thus the word Dermapen) and has at the tip multiple tiny needles. The needles can rotate at different speeds and can travel at different depths in the tissue. The operator can program the device, depending on the end point. For fine lines or pore reduction often times we need only a shallow penetration, as for acne scarring we need a deeper dermal penetration.
The procedure can be done under local anesthesia if the patient prefers and has been often described in the press as “Dracula’s facial”. You may recall the Kardashians and other Hollywood stars who are fans of these treatments.
The downtime is generally minimal and make up van be applied 24 hours after the session.
This procedure produces micro injuries. thereby stimulating collagen production without the risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. The pinpoint bleeding often achieved indicates dermal penetration which will kick start the wound healing cascade. One can use different serums post microneedeling like hyaluronic acid, PRP (platelet rich plasma), growth factors or others depending on the case.
These treatments can be combined with other procedures for immediate rejuvenation. A total of 4-6 treatments are generally recommended.