2018 Obsession

If you haven’t been to Lightsculpt for Dermapen this year, you’re still living in 2017.  See why everyone should get ‘penned.

If you’ve been thinking about getting Dermapen for a while, we answer all the questions you’re dying to know, plus offer a sneak peek at our editor’s before (and after one session) pics.

What is Micro-Needling?

A medical device used for the purpose of breaking down old scar tissue and stimulate skin cells. This multiplication results in the creation of new tissue layers of elastin and collagen fibers, as well as improved blood supply.

How does it work?

The device glides gently along the skin, penetrating the layers of the skin closest to the surface, of a depth of up to 2mm to create numerous tiny needle wounds. The therapy encourages the body to respond through creation new collagen and elastin fibers. As the skin responds, it plumps and thickens, reducing the appearance of scars, wrinkles and fine lines.

What conditions does micro-needling treat?

  • Mild to moderate acne scarring
  • Surgical scarring
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Stretch marks
  • Pore size and skin texture
  • Keloid scarring

What can I expect from the procedure?

A small handheld pen like device with a sterile, disposable tip with 12 tiny needles is used to pierce the skin. The needling pen’s multi-speed and adjustable needle depth allow needles to pierce the skin’s layer at 90 degrees and increase the absorption of products. After the treatment, soothing serums or Hyaluronic acid are used to hydrate, heal and protect the skin.

How will I look after treatment?

Most people will experience mild redness and possibly some swelling. The same way you may feel with mild sunburn. Effects may last for 24-48 hours and there may be pinpoint bleeding and/or bruising. Within several days to several weeks you will notice a smoother, brighter, and more radiant appearance, however, the full effects of the treatment do not appear until several months later.

What is the down time like?

The inflammatory reaction of the skin is extremely short and fades significantly within hours from redness to pinkish that may last for 12 to 48 hours. The use of mineral makeup may be used after procedure.

What effects does micro-needling have on the skin?*

Improves the appearance of stretch marks

Reduces pore size

Improves the quality and texture of the skin

Reduces fine lines and wrinkles

Improves the look of disfiguring scars from surgery, accidents or acne.

 Will it be painful?

Very mild pain

Are there any risks?

The tiny pricking channels close within one hour, and because the procedure is performed under clinical conditions, the likelihood of infection occurring is extremely low.

How many treatments do I need and how often?

Micro-needling can be safely repeated every 4-6 weeks until you achieve the desired results.  For scar reduction an average of 3 to 6 treatments are recommended. The number of treatments required will depend on how each individual responds to the treatments, and the extent of the damage at the beginning.  Micro-needling can be used on all skin parts of the body (neck, décolleté, arms, legs, etc). Most people will begin to see results after the very first appointment.

Can micro-needling be performed for all skin types and colors?

Absolutely. It’s safe and effective for all types and colors of skin. There is no risk of post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation.

What are the side effects?

There are virtually no negative side effects from the procedure. None of been reported in over 150,000 procedures performed worldwide.

To book your appointment head to www.lightsculpt.co.za

Photograph: Before and after one Dermapen session.