Dr. Brian Howard welcomes the Dermapen micro-needling device to help treat one of the more difficult cosmetic conditions to treat in my Atlanta/Alpharetta/Roswell, Georgia, practice, which has always been my patients who desire to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles on the face. This also happens to be one of the most common conditions that people present with to have treated! While many treatments are available to help with this skin condition, many are not powerful enough to really significantly improve the wrinkles and many are way too powerful and have many possible risks and unwanted side effects. Many of the existing powerful lasers can readily tighten fine wrinkles but have potential side effects of hypopigmentation or hyperpigmentation and scarring, and some have a prolonged recovery associated with them. The same holds true for various chemical peels and dermabrasion. We have always lacked simpler approaches to treat fine lines and wrinkles without adding undo risk and prolonged recovery. Fractionated lasers, such as the Fraxel, which I have used for many years in Atlanta, can have inconsistent results with regard to fine line elimination while being extremely reliable to minimize skin pigmentation issues.
I am excited about a new device called the Dermapen, which is designed to help eliminate fine lines and wrinkles without having to employ lasers and chemicals; and therefore hopefully lessen the risk of dyspigmentation, scarring and prolonged recovery. The Dermapen is an automated micro-needling device that is easy to use and has shown promising results in early studies. Much like the Fraxel laser, multiple microscopic holes are punched in the skin with each procedure resulting in new collagen formation and secondary skin tightening. Also like the Fraxel, it requires a series of usually 4 – 6 treatments to get visible results. Unlike the Fraxel laser, no laser is required so there may be less chance for the afore-mentioned side effects, and it can be safely used on all skin types. The treatments are done two to four weeks apart. Best results are seen at six to eight months after completing the series of Dermapen treatments. We are excited to implement the Dermapen in our Roswell and Atlanta, Georgia office and already have a list of patients!
Call Dr. Brian Howard’s office in Roswell, GA, to see if the new Dermapen is an option for you!