Your Skin Needs This: Dermapen and The Power of Collagen
Updated: Jan 6, 2019
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. It is a vital component of our eyes, our bones, our tendons and .........our skin. Unfortunately from the time we hit our mid-twenties we make less of it and lose it at a rate of 2% per year. Thus it comes as no surprise that from our 30's we start to see the signs of visible ageing: fine lines, wrinkles and sagging. Despite these facts, the mainstay of cosmetic medicine has focused on the muscles of the face (anti-wrinkle injections) or the subcutaneous tissue (dermal fillers). Increasing collagen production in the upper layers of the skin has remained an elusive goal: until now.
There are periods in our lives when we naturally increase our collagen production. One of these times is after an injury or wound. Blood flows to the affected area, full of nutrients and growth factors and kickstarts the production of new collagen, new blood vessels and new skin cells to heal the wound. Collagen levels can increase for up to 2 years post the original event.
What if we could harness the body's own healing power to fight the signs of ageing? Enter Dermapen and Microneedling.
Dermapen is a medically engineered skin needling device. It utilises 12 surgical grade micro-needles that that penetrate the skin to simulate a wound and kickstart the body's healing response. Dermapen's micro-needles glide effortlessly over the skin, oscillating to produce 1300 rejuvenating micro-channels per second.
Interestingly, needles have been used to rejuvenate the skin and heal the body for thousands of years. Acupuncture, a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine, has been traced back as far as 1600BCE. Here, needles are inserted to specific body parts to rebalance the flow of qi ( energy). It is likely that acupuncture derives its benefits from its ability to increase blood flow and hence nutrients.
SEEING IS BELIEVING
Dermapen's ability to harness the body's healing response, stimulate new blood vessels, increase collagen concentration and regulate melanin production ensures that it can be used to treat a plethera of skin conditions, including
Fine lines and wrinkles
The effects of Dermapen can be even more dramatic when combined with topical skin products or platelet rich serum. This is due to the creation of micro channels, which allow topical ingredients to penetrate deep into the dermis layer, bypassing the dead and inactive skin cells on the surface. The best products are Vitamin C, Vitamin A, hyaluronic acid and copper peptides.
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The great thing about Dermapen is the vertical needle insertion. Older needling devices, such as the dermaroller, penetrate the skin with an arc, increasing pain and tissue damage. Vertical needle insertions minimises the trauma to the uppermost layer of the skin, the epidermis reducing the chance of scarring. Unlike heat based therapies or deep chemical peels, the pigment producing cells of the skin are not triggered into overactivity. As a result, Dermapen is safe to use on all skin types.
For those of us who are wary of needles, let me allay your fears. The needles used are smaller than the needles used to administer Botox. Treatments are fast and can be over in less than 20 minutes. Immediately after a Dermapen treament, patients appear mildly sunburnt, and this can persist for 1-2 days.
Improvements can be seen after just one procedure but the best results are after courses of 3-6 sessions. The effects have been so impressive that celebrities like Jennifer Aniston have micro needling treatments as a core staple of their beauty regime. Kim Kardashian is particular fan of the Vampire Facial, of which microneedling is a core component.
I can't wait for my clients to experience Dermapen and start seeing results for themselves. In fact, I'm so excited that the first 10 clients will receive complimentary skin care products to expedite their recovery and enhance their results. This includes a post treatment mask enriched with hyaluronic acid, copper peptides and zinc, a protective day serum and rejuvenating night cream and a non comedogenic hypoallergenic SPF. Treatments start at £199.
Anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers are staples of the anti-ageing game, but they don't do anything for the quality of the uppermost layer of skin. Now we have a treatment that does.
If you think Dermapen may be suitable for you, get in touch today!
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