It may be hard to take the latest trend seriously. There is always a new product or treatment that is supposed to “change your life” and then it fades away almost as quickly as it appears. Dermapen Fractional Micro-Needling Skin Therapy is certainly not that treatment. Introduced this month to the north shore of Chicago and exclusive to North Shore Center for Facial Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery, Dermapen Skin Therapy is worth looking into. This innovative, non-invasive skin refinishing procedure utilizes a medical pen-like device with micro needles to penetrate the skin’s surface and provide dramatic rejuvenation results in skin tone and texture. The micro-needling procedure minimizes most skin imperfections such as acne scars, surgical scars, fine lines, wrinkles and stretch marks for those of all ages and skin types. Before dismissing the latest east and west coast skin refinishing procedure as the latest fad, get all the facts below. The proof is in the science.

The previous technologies were ineffective in maneuvering the delicate contours of the face and were replaced with innovative Dermapen. The creators of the medical device were not reinventing the wheel; in fact, they were improving upon several centuries of micro needle development. The use of needles for therapeutic, healing purposes has been around since the invention of acupuncture in China hundreds of years ago. Since then medical companies have developed needle-inspired technologies from South Africa to Switzerland. The most recent development was in year 2000 with the invention of a micro-needling device that was in the form of a “dermal roller,” which utilized a wheel of needles that was rolled across the skin. Challenging to maneuver around delicate facial features and too abrasive on the skin, the dermal roller hand piece was short lived. Continuing with the science of micro-needling but simply lacking a technologically optimal hand device that was practical to manipulate by a clinician, today the breakthrough has arrived with the most technologically advanced non invasive procedure of its kind.

The Dermapen Fractional Micro-Needling procedure begins with the application to the skin of hyaluronic acid based serums which promote collagen production and hydration in order to improve the ease with which the device travels along the skin’s surface. The Clinician uses a precise pen-like fractional device that is placed on the skin to create a series of vertical, minor controlled stamps deep enough in the dermis to stimulate critical collagen and elastin production—which severely depletes with age— and induce the natural wound healing processes within the layers of the skin. It is this natural response by skin to these micro wounds that lead to smoother, more even and tighter skin with minimal discomfort. An additional benefit of the micro-needling session is the deeper absorption of potent anti-aging serums. As the microscopic pins prick the skin, micro wounds open for just the limited window of time—approximately fifteen minutes—following the procedure, to allow for a deeper absorption of anti aging topicals, penetrating the skin 1000 times more than if the serums were applied without micro-needling. The non invasive procedure, which takes a short session of 40 minutes, substantially boosts cell regeneration in a manner only invasive procedures are able to accomplish with much longer downtime.

So that’s the science behind Dermapen, but what does that mean for you and your skin? This fractional skin resurfacing procedure targets fine lines and wrinkles, burns, acne and surgical scars, stretch marks, and dull or blotchy complexions, in addition to skin conditions such as rosacea. Several of these conditions can be treated with fractional lasers, but the risks of skin injury, hyperpigmentation and variable or unreliable results are significantly reduced with Dermapen Skin Therapy. Though fractional lasers have been proven to increase collagen production using the science of thermal energy, Dermapen induces production by an average of 200% and does so with a much shorter and less painful recovery time and none of the risks of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Dermapen is safe on all skin tones and thicknesses, unlike fractional lasers which can only be used on thick, light colored skin.

Dermapen’s safety and efficacy can simply not be surpassed. Dermapen Skin Therapy is ideal for those treating pesky acne scars or wrinkles, but it is also excellent for those who simply wish to return that youthful glow to their complexion. It is recommended that patients receive 4-6 treatments at 4 week intervals in order to see the best results; although, once you start you won’t want to stop. Dermapen treatments are ideal for skin rejuvenation and maintenance. There is minimal discomfort during the treatments and minimal redness following. Most people return to their normal routines the next morning. Don’t wait too long to schedule your first skin rejuvenation treatment with Dermapen micro-needling technology because finding an alternative low-cost skin treatment that delivers visible results with no downtime will be like finding a needle in a haystack.

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