Dermapen Skin Needling at a Glance

Best Results 6 - 12
Duration of Results 6 - 8 months
Treatment Recovery 1 - 5 days
Risks & Complications Medium
Anaesthetic Topical
Procedure Time 60 mins
Skin Specialist Therapist / Doctor
Back To Work Next day

The concept of skin needling is based on the skin's ability to repair itself whenever it encounters physical damage such as cuts, abrasions, and other physical trauma. Immediately after an injury occurs our skin destroys old damaged tissue such as acne scarring and wrinkles and replaces it with new fresh healthy collagen. Skin needling allows for controlled induction of the skin's self-repair mechanism by creating micro "injuries" in the skin which triggers a whole cascade of events that result in new collagen synthesis. The result is smoother, firmer, and younger-looking skin down the line. The DermaPen treatment is suitable for all skin types especially patients with acne scarring, enlarged pores, and moderate to severe wrinkling.

At Skin Renewal, we are able to dramatically improve the results of skin needling/Dermapen, by combining this with Laser Genesis. The synergistic approach yields excellent results as the blood and circulation increased by the needling becomes a rich target for the Laser right in the papillary dermis on the skin (the layer where collagen and elastin and Hyaluronic Acid is produced). The Laser is “drawn” to the haemoglobin which is rich in the skin after needling and therefore intensifies the skin tightening process by stimulating new collagen production, tightening the existing collagen and encouraging faster healing and rejuvenation.

This approach really takes the results of your micro-needling/Dermapen treatment to the next level and as a result, fewer treatments are needed to reach the end result.

Frequently Asked Questions

Dermapen treatments are available in Johannesburg at FourwaysParkhurstMorningside, BedfordviewWest Rand, Waterfall and Illovo as well as in Pretoria at Brooklyn and Irene and in the Western Cape at Cape QuarterClaremontConstantiaStellenboschWillowbridgePaarl, and in KwaZulu-Natal at BallitoDurban & Umhlanga.

Skin needling procedures are performed in a safe and precise manner with the use of the sterile Dermapen needle head. The procedure is normally completed within 20 minutes for the entire face and neck and up to 60 minutes for the body depending on the size of the problem area. This is a great treatment for stretch marks and sagging/crepey skin. Before the procedure commences a topical anesthetic or local block is applied to the client's skin to ensure a virtually painless experience. During the treatment, the practitioner gently moves the DermaPen over the client's skin to create minuscule sub-cutaneous channels. This is perceived by the body as a "mini wound" which stimulates the release of growth factors that trigger the production of collagen and elastin, which is all part of the healing process. This new fresh collagen remodels over time and thus one can expect moderate skin tightening of the treated area down the line. Sagging skin, stretch marks, pores, and acne scars are all improved upon.

The process of Dermapen micro-needling skin remodeling can go on for months after each Dermapen treatment and the results are accumulative. Initial results can be seen within 10 days. (The best results of one single treatment can be seen up to 3 months later and the collagen is continually growing and maturing in the skin over a 90 day period).

The good news is that the latest treatments such as Dermapen Skin Needling are more effective than ever and treatments should be started sooner when the skin has a much greater ability to rejuvenate. If wrinkles are left and they become ingrained and scar-like they are much more difficult to treat. It is also a great idea to start treatments to prevent the dreaded sagging that takes place with ageing around the brow, jawline, and neck.

Dermapen Skin Needling is a novel way to treat: fine lines and wrinkles around eyes, mouth, cheeks, neck, and décolleté. Other areas of the body can also be treated such as the abdomen, back of the hands, and arms. All forms of acne scars, most surgical scars including facelift scars, abdominal scars, breast plastic surgery scars, post-liposuction scars, orthopedic scars, stretch marks, and burn contracture scars can safely be treated. In addition stretch marks on the breasts and body and loose body, skin are also safely treated.

The typical areas treated with Dermapen are for full face for skin rejuvenation. At Skin Renewal, the Dermapen is used on more difficult problems such as acne scarring and deep, ingrained wrinkles around the mouth, enlarged pores, and surgical scars. The only type of scars that the Dermapen would not have a positive result on is keloidal scar tissue. Dermapen Skin Needling cannot be performed on any active inflammatory condition including active acne.

There is minimal downtime after this treatment as you may experience facial redness for 12-48 hours after the procedure. Most people are able to return to normal daily activities immediately after the treatment as at the Renewal Institute we apply a breathable healing camouflage such as Lycogel which seals the skin and covers any redness.

  • Needles are injected at a straight angle instead of rolling in at an angle.
  • Induces more micro injections per square centimeter.
  • Needle adjustments from 0.3mm-2.5 mm allow for treatments tailored to individual patient needs.
  • More controlled and uniform treatment giving more consistent results.
  • Less pain and redness for the patient.
  • Ability to treat hard-to-reach areas such as the nose and eyes.
  • For the treatment of wrinkles, smoker's lines around the lips, skin tightening and rejuvenation, large pores, stretch marks, scars, and surgical scars.
  • For men who have acne scarring, these treatments are aimed at breaking down the scar tissue and causing the skin to regenerate and heal normally. In this way, scars can be significantly improved, resulting in much smoother, youthful-looking skin.

Dermapen Skin Needling can be combined at a later stage with other non-invasive procedures such as Laser Genesis, Injectables, Dermal Fillers, superficial peels, Pearl™, IPL, Transdermal Mesotherapy and other non-ablative laser procedures. These other procedures usually address different problems of ageing such as dull complexion, pigmentation, sagging of jowls, forehead and flabby necks. Combined procedures usually give superior results.

One hour before the treatment a local numbing agent is applied to the area, making the procedure with the cosmetic Dermapen almost painless. The needle only penetrates through the epidermis and does not remove it thus the skin’s natural protective barrier remains intact. The pierced epidermis rapidly heals in a matter of hours. After the procedure, the treated skin has the appearance of moderate sunburn which improves over the next 24 to 48 hours. Breathable makeup can be worn immediately after the treatment. The treatment is therefore not only very effective but also very safe with very few (to no) side effects or complications.

Dermapen can be safely performed on all skin colours and types.

For acne scars, deeper wrinkles, and for general rejuvenation, we are seeing great results with a combination treatment alternating between the Dermapen treatment and a combination of Carboxytherapy and our popular Laser Genesis rejuvenation treatment. 6 to 8 treatments alternating between the two are needed for optimal results.

  • The Dermapen uses multiple disposable needles that pierce the skin vertically with minimal pain compared to the traditional Skin Needling Dermapen. This is due to the automatic, high-speed vibrating function of the Dermapen which increases the effectiveness of the treatment by rapidly creating multiple insertions, quickly and clinically, dramatically reducing pain and discomfort for the patient compared to the manual action of the micro-needling manual rolling device.
  • The Dermapen skin rejuvenation treatment appears to have improved results and there appears to be much less epidermal damage as the needles are injected at a straight angle instead of rolling in at an angle as with a manual roller device.
  • The automatic Dermapen induces more micro injections per square centimeter with mild discomfort only.
  • Automatic Needle adjustments on the fly from 0.3mm-2.5mm allow for all treatments to be tailored to individual patient needs. When treating acne scars on the cheeks, one can adjust the Dermapen to a depth of 2.5 mm depth for better results. Over the eyelid area, the needle depth can be decreased to 0.5 mm. The electrical stimulation and vibrating function of the Dermapen make the treatment less painful especially on the body for the treatment of stretch marks.
  • The Dermapen results in a more controlled and uniform treatment giving more consistent results.
  • Each treatment is done with sharp needles as new needles are used at each treatment, disposable needles eliminate the risk of cross-contamination.
  • Because of the adjustable depths and the slim design of the Dermapen, doctors are able to treat hard-to-reach areas such as the nose and eyes by adjusting the needle depth of penetration.
  • Dermapen treatments done by trained doctors allow for improved rejuvenation for wrinkles, smoker's lines around the lips, skin tightening, large pores, stretch marks, scars, and surgical scars.
  • The automatic Dermapen can only be used by doctors.
  • Therapists who perform skin rejuvenation treatments with the traditional skin/micro-needling manual rollers are only allowed to go to depths of 0.5 mm which is a superficial depth and treatment with limited results and rejuvenation.

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Review -Pleased
Reviewed on 7 August 2018 by Anonymous

I'm very pleased with my skin. Since I started doing facials at your clinic and also using your products my skin looks amazing. I'm finally free from breakouts, uneven skin tone and oily skin. Bianca is the best. I like the fact that the products are kind to my pocket as well. :)

Review -Recommendation
Reviewed on 23 July 2018 by Donne Evans

I have enjoyed a number of treatments with my therapist and each time I come away feeling amazed at her level of expertise and professionalism. Her serene and friendly personality enhances the whole experience and I look forward to many more treatments with her.

Review -Highly recommend!
Reviewed on 7 July 2018 by Anonymous

I have been going to Skin Renewal for a number of years for diet, face and body as I find them very professional. My current therapist Rene at Bedfordview is a very professional young lady. I highly recommend her.

Review -Sent to "Renew"
Reviewed on 3 July 2018 by Anonymous

I have always struggled to get that perfect "glow" of a beautiful skin until I walked into Skin Renewal into the caring hands of my therapist.

She has weaved her magic potions into my ageing skin, recommended home care that works wonders and her knowledge of specifically what my skin needs have uplifted, rejuvenated a look of well-being in my skin, that I now cannot live without.

Forever grateful, a dream come true.

Review -Great Treatments
Reviewed on 12 June 2018 by Anonymous

Helen's thorough and delicate way of doing her treatments is only a pleasure having done treatments with her. She is highly recommended.

Review -Dermapen Treatment
Reviewed on 12 June 2018 by Anonymous

Helen did a fantastic job. She explained the treatment. She is always friendly. She is brilliant at what she does.

Review -Facial and Back Massage
Reviewed on 12 June 2018 by Brenda Holliday

A very pleasant experience. Very professional and highly recommended. Absolutely fantastic.

Review -Brilliant Experience
Reviewed on 11 June 2018 by Anonymous

Have had a brilliant experience, both with treatments and how she treats me. She is methodical, precise, takes no shortcuts and leaves me feeling that the treatment I have done will work because she has taken great care to make sure that they are done properly. Highly recommended her on all levels.

Review -Renew Skin
Reviewed on 6 June 2018 by Nicolene Goertz

Since my first visit to Skin Renewal, everything has just been perfect. My therapist made me feel so comfortable. I loved the treatment and the professionalism.

Review -Best Facial
Reviewed on 2 June 2018 by Chimwemne Ngwenya

Helen was so nice throughout the treatment process. She explains each step and the benefits thereof. My skin is fed and i will no doubt be back. Finally, a place that knows what to do. Thanks Helen.

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