In the past needling techniques were slow and painful, and as technology advanced doctors tried to invent “rollers” and other devices to speed up the treatment time. With all alternative options the therapist has minimal control over the depth of penetration and therefore comfort levels and due to the size of roller consumables. Rolling methods create unnecessary trauma, are user dependent, risk cross-infection, involve high consumable costs, are too large for small areas and display an undesirable perceived value.
The science behind needling
Principle idea behind needling is that micro injuries to the skin promote connective tissue and elastin growth as a by-product to healing. Essentially, as your body heals the skin increases the production of connective tissue and elastin and this production lead to fresher, younger looking skin. By creating micro injuries there is no real tissue damage and the produced connective tissue and elastin are therefore in excess to normal skin condition. As connective tissue and elastin are key building blocks in your skin ability to fight the onset of wrinkles it makes sense to stimulate as much growth as possible.
How Does Micro-needling Work?
The Dermapen 3™ offers unparalleled connective tissue induction by harnessing the body's innate ability to re-grow and repair the skin as a response to micro-damage. This small, hand-held device delivers up to 1,300 micro punctures per second into the skin, thus stimulating the production of connective tissue and elastin and normalizing various skin functions.
Dermapen 3™’s controlled precision promotes the three phases of CIT mechanics, thus allowing for new connective tissue growth to occur.
The first phase begins with the release of the body’s own growth factors, followed by a cascade of new epidermal growth, fibroblast chemo-taxis, fibroblast proliferation, and matrix production.M
This proliferation of the body's tissue continues to release growth factors from fibroblasts, keratinocytes and monocytes, culminating in the second phase of CIT mechanics, where production of connective tissue type I, III, and IV, elastin, proteoglycans and glycosoaminoglycans, and the process of angiogenesis occur.
The last phase of CIT and the desired result of a Dermapen™ Treatment is the tissue remodeling process, where the skin’s vascular matrix matures, causing skin to tighten. The body’s ability to remodel and heal itself is at the heart of this amazing product.
What does the Dermapen treat?
By providing skin rejuvenation boosts the team at SAI have successfully treated a number of difficult skin conditions including:
- Acne scars
- Surgical scars
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Stretch marks
- Lifting and rejuvenation
- Skin tightening
- Improves wrinkles and fine lines
- Minimizes pore size
What makes Dermapen so special?
Dermapen’s automated vertical stamping method uses a universal, sterilized and disposable tip. The small tip helps treat hard to reach areas, delivers unrivalled connective tissue induction with 7 speed variability and reduces epidermal damage to limit down-time.
The Dermapen offers a smaller tip for treatment of the entire face, but also of fully controllable head. The 11 needles can now be set at the required depth and at a prescribed speed. This means consistent and predictable results and the ability to quickly treat sensitive areas too.
- Benefits of Dermapen comparing to dermal rollers:
- No cross infection - disposable needles
- Speed - faster than manual applications
- Shorter treatment times
- Adjustable needle depth
- Less pain
The Dermapen is a superb treatment option when you are undergoing any aesthetic treatment. As part of a matrix program the Dermapen will provide connective tissue assistance to additional treatments like:
- Dermal Fillers
- Wrinkle Release Injections
Scars result from a wound or injury. Scars, however unwelcome, are part of the skin's normal healing process. Generally, superficial wounds heal without scarring. It is when the dermis is damaged that scars form on the skin. Acne scars are most often the product of an inflamed lesion, such as a papule, pustule, orcyst. Inflamed blemishes occur when the follicle, or pore, becomes engorged with excess oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria.
The vast majority of acne scars result from persistent cases of inflammatory acne affecting the same area of skin. Individuals who suffer from consistent nodular and cystic acne lesions are at a very high risk of developing permanent acne scarring. This is particularly true when a region is affected by overlapping acne outbreaks, with no opportunity to completely heal in-between.
In cases of persistent inflammatory acne vulgaris, large areas of skin and underlying tissue are damaged, but the continuing infection and inflammation prevent the body from mobilizing the cells and materials necessary for repairing those structures. As a result, the original (healthy) tissue is replaced by scar tissue.
Surgical scars /Keloid scars
While a surgical scar may not be an attractive reminder of a surgical procedure, a scar is the body's natural response to damage. A scar's appearance is due to the buildup of connective tissue, known as fibroblasts, that are generated to protect the skin. The type of scar tissue you develop following surgery is chiefly based on genetics: some people are predisposed to experience raised--also known as hypertrophic--scars while others may experience lumpy, red or purple scars. While a scar tends to fade over time, procedures and treatments are available to speed healing and reduce a scar's appearance.
- Keloid scars: These scars are the result of an overly aggressive healing process. They extend beyond the original injury. Over time, a keloid scar may hamper movement. Treatments include surgery to remove the scar, steroid injections, or silicone sheets to flatten the scar. Smaller keloids can be treated using cryotherapy (freezing therapy using liquid nitrogen). You can also prevent keloid formation by using pressure treatment or gel pads with silicone when you are injured. Keloid scars are most common among people with dark skin.
- Contracture scars: If your skin has been burned, you may have a contracture scar. These scars tighten skin, which can impair your ability to move. Contracture scars may also go deeper, affecting muscles and nerves.
Wrinkles and fine lines
Fine lines: Fine lines and wrinkles arise because of irregular thickening of the dermis and because of a decrease in the amount of water held by the epidermis. This is mainly caused by sun damage and exposure to environmental toxins particularly tobacco smoke.
- Furrows: Deeper lines or furrows are classified as dynamic or static. Dynamic lines appear with movement i.e. the activity of facial muscles. Static lines are unchanged with muscle movement. Eventually dynamic lines become static.
- Crow's feet around the eyes are due to smiling and activity of the eyelid muscles (orbicularis oculi).
- Worry lines on the forehead are due to contraction of the frontalis muscle when raising the eyebrows.
- Frown lines between the eyebrows are due to contraction of corrugator supercilii muscles and procerus muscle when concentrating or angry
Facial lines and wrinkles form because of the following factors:
- Ageing processes
- Sun damage
- Muscle movement
- Other skin diseases with a tendency to scar (e.g. discoid lupus)
Stretch marks are the result of rapid stretching of the skin due to sudden growth or weight gain. This stretching causes the middle layer of skin (the dermis) to tear, allowing the deeper skin layers to show through, forming stretch marks.
The dermis contains strong, inter-connected fibres that allow your skin to stretch as your body grows. However, rapid growth can over-stretch and break the fibres. The tears in the dermis allow the blood vessels below to show through. This is why stretch marks are often red or purple when they first appear. When the blood vessels eventually contract, the pale-colored fat underneath your skin will be visible, and your stretch marks will change to a silvery-white colour.
Stretch marks often occur:
- during pregnancy
- after rapid weight gain
- during puberty
- if you have a family history of stretch marks
- after the prolonged or inappropriate use of corticosteroid medication.
All our photographs of before and after treatment results are examples only, and do not constitute an implied or any other kind of guarantee of the result of treatment procedures. Results can vary significantly between our clients. All our treatment results are subject to the individualizes of each client.
Furthermore, all treatment procedures carry potential risks and complications which are described in detail in our treatment consents forms. These may include, but are not limited to, bleeding, infection, asymmetry, dissatisfaction with the result and the expense of further treatments to manage a complication (patient forms). If you have any questions regarding these potential risks and complications. Please discuss them with our doctors or aesthetic therapist prior to treatments.
Before undergoing a treatment, please be sure that you understand that YOUR actual results will likely VARY SIGNIFICANTLY from other patient’s results, including their BEFORE & AFTER photos.
This is quite important to understand — that EVEN when you feel that you look very similar to another client in their BEFORE images, your results will likely vary significantly — because you are a unique person. Every individual has NOT only a completely unique physique, but also uniquely individualistic body healing capacities, scarring tendencies and recovery processes — some of which are unpredictable even in very-healthy patients who rest adequately and do ALL the other right things before and after their procedure.
Please be noted, our doctors and aesthetic therapists offer you our highest expertise in our aesthetic procedures.