Acne treatments for most are long term and can result in scarring. There are multiple causes of acne including hormone dysfunction, allergies, environmental factors and nutrition deficiencies. Acne scars result after skin follicles become blocked by excessive oils and the physiology of keratin and old skin cells trigger an inflammatory response reaction. The skin will attempt to heal and the scar tissue results as the collagen becomes deformed and thickens.
There are many treatments for acne scars, each with characteristic side effects. For most treatments, the principle treatment side effect is postinflamatory hyperpigmentation. Currently there are ablative and non-ablative treatments available which can damage the epidermis and evaporate the skin leading to thinner epidermis problems.The Dermapen is a convenient and effective way of performing needle dermabrasion. The Dermapen keeps the epidermis integrity full intact while treating the area which quickens healing time and causes less pain.
The Dermapen’s adjustable needles penetrate a controlled depth into the dermis. The dermis develops multiple microbruises, which start a cascade of growth factor release and collagen production.
The Dermapen treatment can provide drastic results improving the appearances of the scars. The physical nature of “skin-needling” breaks up this fibrous and uneven scar tissue and stimulates the growth of new tissue. Results are initially seen in six weeks and full effect will take three months to develop. Importantly, there is minimal no post procedure hyperpigmentation.
While each patient is different and conditions will vary, the typical treatment regimen will consist of 5-6 treatments.