A question we get asked all the time at CapeAesthetics is whether a Dermapen treatment is similar to microdermabrasion or a peel, or which of these treatments is the best. The answer is that these treatments are completely different and target different systems. They will all give you a result, the difference is in the intensity of the result.
Dermapen®, as we have said before, is a microneedling treatment based on the same concept as the Dermaroller. The concept is that creating controlled microinjury to the skin will activate the body’s own capacity to heal, and in doing so will increase the blood supply to the “injured” area, as well as delivering growth factors to the area and stimulating the production of collagen and elastin. What’s more, during a Dermapen treatment your administrator can apply treatments like Vitamin C (an antioxidant and collagen activator,) Vitamin A (to stimulate skin turnover and combat acne and fine lines), Hyaluronic Acid (the same stuff dermal fillers are made of: to hydrate and plump the skin), or even Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), a product containing stem cells and growth factors made from your own blood! These treatments are delivered directly to the dermis where they will take action at a level that is usually inaccessible with ordinary beauty treatments.
The beauty of this is that the “injury” is so well controlled and so minimal that there are no harmful side effects from it. The Dermapen administrator is able to set the depth and speed of the vibrating needles, meaning that areas with both fragile delicate skin as well as areas with thicker more resilient skin can be treated equally. This differs from the Dermaroller, where the needles are a set length, and so certain delicate areas (around the eyes, the forehead, the lips) would need to be avoided while other areas may not get adequate treatment. The result from the Dermapen is 48hours of a sunburn-like redness, occasionally a bit of flaking, and then a reduction in wrinkles, fine lines, acne, rosacea and pore size, improvement in skin tone and laxity, as well as a reduction in the appearance of scars and stretch marks…whats not to love?
This is different to peels and microdermabrasion in that these treatments are epidermal treatments. This means that usually they only address the outermost layer of the skin. This is great to refine the skin, and can combat fine lines and occasionally pigmentation, but it is a much less intensive treatment than the Dermapen and gives results that are essentially transient. Since we do not regularly do microdermabrasion or peels at CapeAesthetics we cannot give you an honest or objective break down of the benefits of these treatments over the Dermapen, however the mechanism of action of the treatments is different: where peels and dermabrasion aim to strip the outer layers of the epidermis from your skin, leaving a “new” layer behind and brightening the skin, the Dermapen creates channels in both the epidermis and the dermis, but does not strip the skin of its protective layer.
We are sure you will find many conflicting reports on the pros and cons of any treatment, skin care regimens are very subjective and very personal. We can tell you that medically the Dermapen makes a lot of sense, and that we have seen wonderful results from this device in our own offices.
Have you tried the Dermapen, or any other miracle treatments?