This treatment uses fractional micro-needling to penetrate the surface of the epidermis and stimulate the body’s own healing process. The procedure can be used for the following:
- Tighten and lift the skin
- Reduce the appearance of fine lines
- Minimize shallow scarring from acne or varicella
- Diminish the appearance of stretch marks
- Improve variations in skin pigmentation
As the body continues to produce collagen after the procedure, the results of a Dermapen treatment can be long-lasting. The duration of a Dermapen treatment varies, based on the size of the treatment area. If shorter needles are used, most patients require no anesthetic and experience little or no discomfort during the procedure. If the treatment needs to go deeper, a topical anesthetic can be applied prior to the procedure. Results of a Dermapen treatment can be seen within a week and continue to improve for up to one year. Most patients will require a series of 4-6 Dermapen treatments to achieve full desired results. FAQ: 1) How does this work? Microneedling works to increase the amount of collagen lost in the aging process by essentially a controlled mechanical injury to the skin similar to scar healing – but much more organized. Studies show the dermal layer can be increase by 40% in thickness. 2) Side effects? Minimal but can include typically redness for several days, mild pinpoint bruising, swelling, and a feeling of warmth to the skin.
Intense pulsed light therapy, also known as IPL, delivers a broad spectrum of light to the skin via a small handheld device. The light penetrates the surface of the skin to work in the underlying layers without disturbing the outer skin layer or surrounding tissue. IPL effectively addresses:
- Hyperpigmentation and age spots
- Visible capillaries on the skin’s surface
- Redness and inflammation caused by rosacea
- Light acne scarring and other minor blemishes
- Other effects of sun damage
IPL treatments are performed on an outpatient basis and take just a few minutes to complete. A cooling gel may be applied first to enhance patient comfort during the procedure. Most patients describe the experience as similar to a rubber band snapping against the skin.
Patients may return to regular activities immediately following the procedure. Mild skin redness usually subsides within the first hour after treatment. Results can be seen shortly after the procedure and continue to improve in the weeks following. A series of 2-4 treatments may be recommended for best results.