Needling as a skin treatment method has been around since ancient times. In fact, ancient Chinese, Indian, and Egyptian health practitioners used this technique to naturally rejuvenate the skin. A form of fractional rejuvenation and prejuvenation, micro-needling methods have evolved over the years with the advent of dermal rollers, needle stamps and other devices. Micro-Needling made a quantum leap forward in 2010 with the debut of the Dermapen®, the first motorized micro-needling pen system.
Dr. Brian P. Maloney was the first certified trainer for DermaPen in the State of Georgia. In this capacity, Dr. Maloney trains physicians across the United States in the effective use of the DermaPen. In 2015, the Maloney Center was recognized as Georgia’s first DermaPen Center of Excellence.
The Technique of Micro-Needling
Micro-Needling uses very thin needles to pierce the skin multiple times. This light trauma triggers a natural immune response from the body. The body’s immune system responds to the microscopic needle wounds by releasing growth factors that repair skin. This includes the production of collagen and elastin, two proteins that are essential to healthy skin. The DermaPen is a medical grade Micro-Needling device that uses technological advances to take a modern approach to collagen induction therapy. This innovative tool improves upon other devices like dermal rollers and fractional lasers. It does not use heat, and needle punctures are calibrated to reduce patient discomfort and pain.
The DermaPen can also reach areas of the face that are harder to access because of the contours of the face, eyes and nose. When the DermaPen reaches these areas, it stimulates new epidermal growth and collagen production. The microscopic punctures also act as channels for topical nutrients applied during treatment. Utilizing the DermaPen allows these nutrients to deeply penetrate epidermal layers, increasing their effectiveness. New, healthy skin cells are generated and the skin naturally tightens.
Types of Micro-Needling Treatments
The DermaPen is an ideal skin rejuvenation device that softens wrinkles, treats sun damaged skin, and can even be used to treat acne scarring or hyperpigmentation. Because the procedure enhances the production of collagen and elastin, patients with alopecia, keloid scarring and vitiligo can also use collagen induction therapy for dramatic skin rejuvenation. Each procedure requires a different number of treatments at various intervals. For example, acne scarring generally requires six treatments, six weeks apart.
Benefits and Features of Dermapen Treatment
In the skillful hands of a specialist like Dr. Maloney, the DermaPen can produce noticeable aesthetic results for patients in a short amount of time. Patients often see visible improvement in wrinkles, fine lines, and scars after the first treatment and when combined with a post-treatment regimen. The DermaPen is a relatively painless procedure when the device is used at minimum needle depths. For treatments requiring deeper needle depth, an anesthetic cream can be applied so the procedure remains practically pain free. Additionally, the design of the DermaPen reduces dermal tearing associated other Micro-Needling techniques. One key to the superior results provided by the DermaPen is the powerful motor that ensures optimal number of punctures per second. The device’s high oscillation rate means the tip of the DermaPen gently glides across the skin applying 1300 micro holes in the skin per second without catching or dragging. The use of vertical needle insertion reduces pain and the fully adjustable needle depth makes it easier to treat hard to reach areas of the face. The DermaPen provides comfortable treatment and promotes natural healing without the need for heat, lasers, or harsh chemicals and is a safe, effective treatment with relatively little downtime and fewer side effects than other methods. Most patients are able resume normal daily activities within a day or two following a procedure.
The DermaPen can only be used by thoroughly trained and expertly qualified practitioners. Practitioners undergo rigorous training to be certified in how to use DermaPen in a safe and effective manner. Dr. Maloney is the first certified trainer for DermaPen in Georgia. He is dedicated to providing patients with the highest level of personalized cosmetic care available in Atlanta. DermaPen’s advanced Micro-Needling technology enables Dr. Maloney to enhance his patients’ treatment with a device that offers exceptional skin rejuvenation with minimal discomfort.