Microneedling is a minimally-invasive procedure that can help you say goodbye to a whole range of skin woes. While the treatment itself is incredible, the actual microneedling device does a lot of the heavy lifting to reset your skin. Since we want our clients to see the most amazing results possible and we’re all about staying on the forefront of the latest innovations, we use the Dermapen 3MD™ for all of our microneedling treatments. It is, after all, the gold standard when it comes to skin rejuvenation devices. Only the best for our NuAGE babes!
The Scoop on the Dermapen 3MD™
This revolutionary microneedling device tightens, lifts and revitalizes the skin. The Dermapen 3MD™ is able to achieve visible, significant improvement in the appearance of:
- Fine lines
- Acne, trauma and surgical scars
- Dilated pores
- Stretch marks
- Hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation on all skin tones and types
- …and a whole lot more!
The Dermapen device has two parts: an electric hand piece and a disposable needle tip with 12 microscopic needles. There’s a motor inside that works using game-changing AOVN™ (Advanced Oscillating Vertical Needle) technology, which makes the needles oscillate at nearly 110 revolutions per second, creating more than 1,300 micro-punctures every second. We can adjust the depth of penetration from 0 to 2.5mm based on the condition we’re addressing in order to successfully, comfortably and easily treat any area on the face or body.
The superstar little pen is just as suitable for gentle rejuvenation as it is for more aggressive skin remodeling (plus everything in between). It activates fibroblasts deep within the skin and can even break up blobs of collagen found in scar tissue to promote the production of normal, healthy collagen. This means it can get rid of hard-to-treat stretch marks and scars or the signs of aging, pigmentation issues or uneven skin tone.
The Dermapen 3MD’s™ lightening speed and vertical oscillation ensure it glides smoothly across your skin without ever catching or tearing, which can happen with other needling devices and treatments. We know 1,300 micro-holes in your face might sound like a nightmare, but after we slather on some numbing cream and let you unwind for a few minutes, the procedure isn’t painful and it’s actually pretty relaxing.
Dermapen™ vs. Fractional Laser
Dermapen™ microneedling is considered a fractional resurfacing treatment and can give you the same, if not better, results as fraxel laser without the recovery time or the risks, which include pain, swelling, infections and post-inflammatory pigmentation. Both treatments stimulate the body’s natural wound healing response by creating controlled “injuries” in the treatment area while leaving the surrounding skin unharmed. The principles may be the same but how they achieve the results and their side effect profiles are very different.
Fractional lasers ablate fractions of the skin’s surface or denature collagen using heat. Basically, the light energy chars your epidermis. The Dermapen, on the other hand, doesn’t use any heat to make the injuries and instead creates consistent, micro-punctures. Another major difference is that with microneedling, since we’re not employing heat to coagulate tissue, we can maximize interstitial fluid and natural growth factors for more dramatic results. Fraxel laser used to be the treatment of choice for texture and pigment concerns in darker skin types but microneedling is quickly replacing it as it’s also “colour-blind” and offers a more advanced dermal response without the drawbacks.
Dermapen™ vs. Dermal Rollers
Dermal rolling is another treatment in the same realm as microneedling but it’s sort of like microneedling’s older, less tech-savvy and less effective cousin. With dermal rolling, a handheld device is rolled across the treatment area leaving behind a bunch of micro-punctures. While it can be successful if the technician really knows what they’re doing and it’s a fantastic option for tightening up lax skin on the body, there are some design flaws.
First, the skin is being pushed into mounds during the rolling process so the needles go in and out at varying angles, which creates epidermal tears. This isn’t great for skin health and it also makes treatment more painful and causes longer recovery times. Additionally, dermal rollers don’t work well for hard-to-reach spots like around the eyes, nose and mouth. Lastly, how dramatic your results are really depends on the number of micro-punctures a device is able to make. Most rolling devices can achieve between 300 and 400 holes per second while Dermapen 3MD™ creates more than 1,300 holes per second. That’s a big difference and just one of the many reasons we’re so obsessed with our beloved device.