Dermapen 3MD™ is the latest innovation in skin needling and collagen induction therapy. This automated pen-like medical device smoothly glides over the skin to create microchannels which activate the body’s natural healing process. Over time, the skin is remodeled by building collagen and elastin which results in smoother skin texture and improved strength and elasticity. While similar in mechanism of action to traditional dermal rollers, Dermapen 3MD™ differs by allowing the practitioner precision control to work effectively in contours around the eyes and nose. Dermapen 3MD™ also allows a deeper medical-grade penetration with depth of 2.5 mm for faster and more effective in-office treatments. This treatment is ideal for acne scarring, fine lines around the eyes and lips, enlarged pores, scars, stretch marks and overall skin rejuvenation.
What is the treatment like?
Your treatment will begin with an in depth consultation to determine whether Dermapen 3MD™ is the right option for you. A numbing cream will be placed on the treatment area for 20-30 minutes to enhance your comfort. Following removal of the numbing cream, the treatment area will be thoroughly cleansed and sterilized. The Dermapen 3MD™, with a sterile tip, is gently glided over the treatment area. The sensation is described as a “tingly vibration”. Any discomfort is minimal and most clients consider the experience quite relaxing. A rich hyaluronic acid serum is used during the procedure to intensely hydrate your skin. Topicals enhanced with vitamins and peptides will be applied at the conclusion of your treatment.
What will my skin look and feel like after a treatment?
Immediately after the procedure your skin will be red and flushed in appearance similar to a moderate sunburn. The following day the redness dissipates and you will be able to return to your normal activities and apply make-up. Your skin may feel tight and itchy as the healing continues over the next 3 days. Pre- and post- treatment skin care regimes will be discussed during your consultation.
How long will it take to see results?
Results can be seen after the first treatment. However, optimal outcomes are seen after a series of Dermapen 3MD™ treatments as the skin continues to remodel for the next 6-12 months. The benefits gained by enhancing the skin’s collagen and elastin will remain for years. The number of treatments recommended can range from 4-10 depending on the area and condition being treated.
How is Dermapen 3MD™ different from fractional laser resurfacing?
The results from Dermapen 3MD™ and fractional laser resurfacing are similar, but the process and side effects are very different. Unlike laser, Dermapen 3MD™ is safe to use on all skin types with less risk of hyperpigmentation and scarring on darker skin tones. The minimal downtime of a Dermapen 3MD™ treatment makes it ideal for busy clients who wish to quickly return to their normal activities. Dermapen 3MD™ is also a cost-effective alternative to higher priced laser treatments.
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