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Cosmetic Tattooing Pioneer Joins Dermapen World

Monday, August 08, 2016

Cosmetic Tattooing Pioneer Joins Dermapen World


PRESS RELEASE: For Immediate Release
Sydney, Australia
August 8, 2016

Industry Leader and Pioneer in Cosmetic Tattooing and Education Joins DermapenWorld 

DermapenWorld™ is pleased to announce the latest member to their team of global education specialists.

With the recent release of the Dermapen TattOff™ and TattOn, there was a need to introduce a “Global Trainer” that is able to educate the market on these innovative products. DermapenWorld is pleased to announce the latest member to our team of global education specialists: It’s the legendary industry expert Val Glover-Hovan.

Stene Marshall, CEO of DermapenWorld stated, “As the market leaders, DermapenWorld’s mission is to support our Dermapen™ Family innovations with the best education and training of both our distributors and their customers, with the release of the Dermapen TattOff/TattOn, we knew that only the best would do. We are very pleased to secure the services of Val Glover-Hovan and believe this to be a perfect compliment to our existing training department which is receiving such great feedback throughout the world.”

Val joins DermapenWorld’s medical global trainer Andrew R. Christie as a DermapenWorld global expert for TattOff/TattOn working with our 60+ international distributors.

Training tours will be announced through Authorized Dermapen Distributors and at the official company website at

More About Val Glover-Hovan – TattOff & TattOn Clinical Trainer

Offering over 41 years of experience in clinical aesthetics, cosmetic and medical tattooing, Val Glover-Hovan is one of the world’s most awarded tattoo practitioners and the former American Education Chairperson and International Ambassador of the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (SPCP). Val was also elected on the Editorial Board for the American Academy of Micropigmentation (USA).

Australian-based, Val has been inducted into the ABIA Hall of Fame (Australia) in addition to winning the Lifetime Achievement Award from the AAM (USA). Boasting over 50 international accolades, Val is recognised as THE premier cosmetic tattoo and camouflage specialist.

Having lectured at countless universities, medical congresses, aesthetic conferences and specialist tattoo workshops internationally, Val’s expertise extends to laser-free tattoo removal. Val has taught in Australia, USA, France, UK and across Asia. Her skill has been demonstrated across all aspects of media from television, magazines and trade publications.

A pioneer of tattoo education, Val is the director of Australia’s most reputable cosmetic tattooing institution as well as being DermapenWorld’s Clinical Trainer for TattOff and TattOn. Combining practical prowess with an almost-infinite knowledge base, she has pioneered the industry on a global scale. Val has trained over 50,000 practitioners worldwide.

More About Dermapen TattOff 

Developed for use with the Dermapen™ 3 handpiece, Dermapen TattOff™ is a versatile system that delivers precision tattoo removal and targeted skin rejuvenation. The system offers a non-laser and non-thermolytic technology which removes all tattoo inks, located anywhere on the body.

A specialised lactic acid compound is gently infused to the depth of unwanted ink deposits. Subsequent micro-trauma cascades a regenerative response. This forms a vibrant scab that physically draws up the tattoo pigment as part of the renewing process. Once the scab falls off, so does the unwanted colour.

Patient care and safety are improved via a grid technique, allowing the systematic removal of unwanted tattoos in as few as four treatments. This process reduces the risk of toxicity, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and hypertrophic scars associated with other removal methods.

Dermapen TattOff™ is suitable for the permanent removal of cosmetic, professionally applied and even amateur tattoos.

More About Dermapen and DermapenWorld

Skin needling has evolved since the Chinese first used sharpened bamboo sticks 2000 years ago.

Skin needling, also called ‘micro-needling’ therapy, collagen induction therapy (CIT) and percutaneous collagen induction (PCI), is a minimally invasive skin-rejuvenation procedure.

In 2010, Dermapen™ pioneered vertical fractional needling technology, a vast improvement for patients who were treated with dermal rollers. With numerous design patents, theDermapen™ 3 delivers 1296 ‘micro-channels’ (punctures) per second. This amounts to around 1.5 million micro-channels during a 20 minute, full-face treatment.

When the needles puncture the skin it creates a controlled skin injury. Each micro-channel triggers the body to fill the microscopic wound with new collagen and elastin. Through this process of neovascularisation and neocollagenesis, there is improvement in skin texture and firmness, as well as a reduction in scars and pore size. Procedural versatility enables a treatment depth from 0.1mm to 2.5mm that may be adjusted as required for customised patient results. Treatment indications include acral vitiligo, melasma, rosacea, keloid scarring, acne and alopecia.

The Dermapen™ 3 automated skin-needling device is now distributed in over 58 countries worldwide and is used by over 10,000 leading medical practitioners.

Dermapen TattOff™ extends DermapenWorld’s innovative product range. For further information please see

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The Dermatological Society of South Africa’s Annual Congress with Andrew Christie

Monday, August 01, 2016

The Dermatological Society of South Africa’s Annual Congress with Andrew Christie


DermapenWorld's Andrew Christie will be at Andrew Christie will be at The Dermatological Society of South Africa’s Annual Congress, being held from 11th-14th of August, 2016. More information is available at or you may request information from us here: We hope to see you there!



DermapenWorld's Andrew Christie will be at Andrew Christie will be at The Dermatological Society of South Africa’s Annual Congress, being held from 11th-14th of August, 2016. More information is available at or you may request information from us here:

What Is My Skin Type

Friday, September 18, 2015

What Is My Skin Type

Unlike skin condition which may refer to problems such as acne, dehydration or pigmentation, skin type refers to the amount of oil produced by the skin. Skin type may be categorised into normal, combination, oily or dry.

Most children before they hit puberty have what is classified as normal skin – they are neither oily nor dry. When puberty occurs however, increases in adrenal hormones (such as testosterone) determine the size of the skin’s oil gland and how much oil is produced. People with an oily skin have a larger sebaceous (or oil) gland. This means more oil can be produced and distributed. People with a smaller sebaceous gland have drier skin as less oil is secreted and dispersed.

Sebaceous glands are most abundant on the nose, forehead and chin; these areas are commonly called the T-zone. A face with an oily t-zone but is otherwise dry is called a combination skin type. The sebaceous glands produce an oil also known as sebum. As men produce more testosterone than females, they can be up to five times oilier than women. As the sebaceous gland sits within a follicle, oil is distributed over the face and body by travelling up the tiny hairs that sit in each follicle. As there are no follicles on the lips, palms and soles, there is no sebum released onto these areas.

Determining your skin type can be easy. If your face is greasy and make-up slides off within 2 hours of washing, then this is the sign of an oily skin. Oily skins can often be afflicted with pimples, acne and excess shine. If only your t-zone starts to shine by lunch time, then your skin type most likely is combination. Combination skins can often experience blackheads on the nose and inner cheek areas. A dry skin can often feel tight and parched for moisture. Signs of a dry skin include flaking, dullness and almost invisible pores. Unlike children, adults very rarely have normal skin.

Dermapen™ treatments help to tighten the appearance of enlarged pores and reduce post-acne scars. For dry conditions, the daily application of DP Dermaceuticals Hyla Active and Vitamin Rich Repair can reinforce the skin’s natural protective layer, relieving tightness, dullness and discomfort. Used fortnightly at home, MyDermapen can relieve the symptoms of acne, milia and congestion.

Sugar – The Silent Collagen Killer

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Sugar – The Silent Collagen Killer

Whilst we all know that the sun is the number one cause of external skin ageing, it is a little known fact that sugar is the number one cause of internal skin ageing. This process that contributes to a loss of skin density and volume is called glycation. It is also a process that contributes to the formation of deeper wrinkles, especially on the face, neck and chest.

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and gives our skin volume, thickness, density and firmness. Glycation is the process where sugar molecules (from our diet) bind onto collagen fibres, breaking down their strength and structure in the process. Characteristic ‘criss-cross’ lines appear, creating skin thinness, sagging and a quilted effect of wrinkles.

Whilst the daily application and reapplication of a sunscreen is paramount, the trigger of glycation is instigated by the consumption of high GI (or glycaemic index) foods. These include the obvious culprits such as sugar, soft drinks, confectionary and even fruit juice. Other high GI foods that may come as a surprise includes alcohol, honey and high-carbohydrate foods such as white pasta and bread. Believe it or not, a glass of orange juice can be just as sugary as lemonade or cola.

From a dietary perspective to combat glycation – balance is key. Why not consider swapping the sugar in your tea for a natural artificial sweetener such as stevia? Why not try the ‘diet’ version of your favourite soft drink. Other easy lifestyle changes include wholemeal bread and pasta, brown rice and exercising regularly, for at least 20 minutes, 4-5 days a week.

To treat the existing signs of glycation, why not consider a course of Dermapen™ treatments? Dermapen™ naturally works to stimulate and re-fortify collagen production. Sagging contours and deeper lines caused by glycation can be visibly reduced. A firmer and smoother complexion may be achieved in a little as 3 treatments at 6-8 week intervals.

Defy The Ageing Process

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Defy The Ageing Process

With skin cancer on the rise worldwide, it is little surprise to learn that the sun is the number one cause of premature skin ageing. Wrinkles, age spots, sagging and thinning of the skin can all be connected to damaging ultra violet rays. 90% of the damage that affects the skin occurs from incidental sun exposure such as walking down the street, working in the garden, driving in the car and even sitting by a window. As ultra violet rays can even reflect off cement, water, sand and glass, not even clothes, sunglasses and a hat can provide 100% protection.

Whilst the sun emits three types of rays, the two that primarily affect skin ageing include UVB and UVA. UVB rays are more superficially absorbed and create sunburn, blistering and peeling. UVA rays are absorbed much deeper and are responsible for skin cancer, the destruction of collagen, damaged DNA and a loss of skin density.

SPF (also known as Sun Protection Factor) is a scale that measures the effectiveness of a sunscreen only against UVB rays. As an SPF rating does not indicate its efficacy against UVA rays, it is always important to look out for a product that states ‘broad spectrum’. This term denotes protection against all types of ultra violet rays.

No sunscreen product can deliver 100% protection against all rays. An SPF 15 = 95% protection, an SPF 30 = 97% and an SPF 50 = 98%. Whilst an SPF 100s are available in some countries, they only offer 98.2% protection.

SPF ratings originally worked on simplistic mathematics. If the skin were to burn in 10 minutes, then the application of an SPF 15 would provide 150 minutes protection before the skin would start to burn – simply multiply 10 minutes by the SPF rating. Unfortunately UV index has too many variables based on:

  • The season (Summer has a higher index than winter)
  • The day (sunny days have a higher index than rainy)
  • The time (the highest index is between 11am-2pm)
  • The location (higher elevations and locations closer to the equator attract a higher index)

    It is therefore recommended that EVERY person, EVERY day should be wearing a minimum SPF 15 sunscreen or ultra violet protective product every day – even in Winter. Apply to the face and exposed limbs 1-2 times daily, even more if in direct sunlight or when swimming. Don’t forget to apply to the tops of the ears, neck and the backs of the hands.

    For areas already showing signs of sun-damage and ageing, regular Dermapen™ treatments will stimulate the production of collagen to visibly volumise and smooth the skin for all year radiance and a youthful glow. Remember that sunburn and a sun tan are the first signs of skin destruction.

    See What the Buzz is All About

    Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    See What the Buzz is All About

    • Fractional Rejuvenation at a Fraction of the Cost with the Genuine Dermapen 3 and its AOVN™ Advanced Oscillating Vertical Needling Technology. We offer different packages, designed to meet the needs of every practice. Ask us for details to find the best package to suit your business.
    • Introducing the Dermapen Cryo, NEW to the United States.Ask us for information about this innovative treatment option.
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    Is Micro Needling Safe Enough To Use On Stretch Marks?

    Monday, March 16, 2015

    Is Micro Needling Safe Enough To Use On Stretch Marks?

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    TAHAN Lew-Fatt could have one of the most slamming bodies on the reality TV celebrity circuit, but it appears she may just be a body-perfectionist.

    The Big Brother exotic beauty, who was headhunted to appear in Zoo Weekly last October, has turned to skin needling on her buttocks to get rid of stretch marks. A regular promotional model at the Bathurst 1000 V8 Supercars, Lew-Fatt told her more than 200,000 Instagram followers she was going under the micro-needle.

    Micro needling and stretch marks. Do these 2 mix well together?

    What makes stretches different is that they can show up without warning and you sometimes can’t even find yourself in the usual list of causes for stretch marks.

    And once they come around they don’t plan on ever leaving, sure they might settle in a bit, but to leave? Not on their list.

    But you do not want them to stay, want them gone, want them to give you back your smooth skin that you had before. Now, they do heal over time and they do appear much less after a few years. But for most of us, that is way to long of a time period to wait.

    The healing itself works by your skin producing more collagen, healing up your tears, and replacing the unsightly striae with new skin cells. Using for example oils will supply your skin with enough nutrients so it can speed up this process severely. A decent method and worth doing on its own.

    But where there’s a will, there’s a way, and another possible treatment was uncovered. This method is called microneedling.

    Is microneedling safe? 

    Yes! But micro needling is a procedure that requires a bit more knowledge.

    For example with creams your only task is to put some of the cream on your fingers, massage it into the stretch marks and wait for it to dry. Simple, straightforward, fast.

    Now this changes with micro-needling, as more care needs to be taken. Even though it is at a small scale and not painful, piercing still takes place and with it the possibility of an infection.

    It is always advised to visit your doctor or dermatologist, as you might have some other skin conditions that need to be approved first. If not, these skin conditions can turn worse, as not all of them will improve if you start needling yourself. Don't know where to get a consultation? Use our Clinic Finder to find a Dermapen practitioner new you!

    If you follow the pre- and post- procedural instructions of your practitioner, micro needling is safe and can have good results with lessening stretch marks, but do not expect a total removal as the skin on its own can only do so much, no matter how much you try to stimulate it.

    When micro needling, tiny needles are used to puncture the skin over the stretch mark area. When doing this, the needles that are rolled over, pierce through the first skin layer into the second layer, creating microscopic damage. In response, the body starts producing more healing material (collagen) around that area speeding up the heal time. To better imagine this, it is similar to muscles. When muscles are under pressure, they get little microscopic damages and after a while a stronger muscle grows around it. The same happens with skin, which in turn when you start needling, slowly replaces the skin cells with newer improved ones much faster.

    To see if micro-needling may be an option for you, check out our Clinic Finder and visit a Dermapen Practitioner in your area!

    We can't say it enough! Try micro-needling as an anti-aging alternative to Botox

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

    We can't say it enough! Try micro-needling as an anti-aging alternative to Botox

    Updated: July 13, 2014 05:16 PM, The National

    Botox is not the only way to delay ageing. With all the talk of preventative measures being as important as curative, I decided to try out micro-needling mesotherapy – offered at a few clinics and salons in Dubai and popular with those seeking alternatives to traditional Botox or fillers.

    The Cure Beauty Spas in Dubai have been offering the treatment since 2011 and the founder, Nadia Ivanova-Briggs, says it is now one of the most popular treatments in The Cure menu.

    What is it?

    A roller set with 300 microscopic needles is run over the face, and collagen and vitamin C are then smoothed onto the skin; the claim is that these serums are absorbed more efficiently after micro-­needling. The roller, which is also said to stimulate collagen production, is then used once more to ensure optimum absorption.

    The US-based Dr Joseph Greco, who created the treatment, says the technique increases the remoulding of the skin by creating thousands of microscopic channels in the skin, thus increasing the formation of new tissue by activating the body’s healing properties, a method of collagen-­enhancement therapy.

    “We decided to add micro-needling mesotherapy because it is in high demand in the beauty facial industry because it is a non-invasive way to improve your skin, fight ageing and improve the complexion,” says Ivanova-Briggs. “It is quite popular among all women regardless of age as it solves different issues based on the cocktail of serums [vitamins, collagen, etc] used.”

    The History

    The earliest form of micro-­needling comes from ancient Chinese acupuncture. Nappage, a French skin rejuvenation technique that’s been around for 50 years, is another form of micro-needling where micro incisions are made in the skin placing a drop of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to replace depleted cellular levels.

    At The Cure, the therapists are trained by Nimue, the dermalogical brand that also provides the products for the hour-long treatment.

    The Treatment

    While my session was an hour long, the micro-needling takes only around 10 to 15 minutes, being applied on the face, neck and decolletage. For long-lasting effects, six once-weekly sessions are recommended. I found it to be a fairly uncomfortable process, especially around sensitive areas such as the eyes and the forehead although Flor, my therapist, was gentle. Later, a cooling face mask was applied, during which I was given a massage. I can honestly say that there was some reduction in my fine lines, my main concern being my smile lines.

    The Pros and Cons

    Dr Hassan Galadari, an associate professor at UAE University and a dermatologist at Galadari Derma ( in Dubai, says micro-needling mesotherapy is seen as an alternative to injectables, such as Botox or collagen, but believes that collagen cannot be absorbed this way and says it “needs to be injected to have any effect”.

    Does topical application help? “Well, standardised studies are lacking, although some reports say it works but requires multiple treatments, which can be expensive,” says Galadari. “We know antioxidants are important, but I wouldn’t call this an immediate result. If there are surface issues, mottling and creping [of the skin], then by all means, go for micro-needling. But to treat lines, hollowness and wrinkles, injectables such as Botox are the way to go.”


    Reasons to Rethink Botox: Botox Immunity

    Wednesday, January 14, 2015

    Reasons to Rethink Botox: Botox Immunity


    PUBLISHED: 17:34 EST, 17 July 2013 | UPDATED: 17:48 EST, 17 July 2013


    Like many women, Frankie Waring assumed she would always be able to rely on Botox to keep her wrinkles at bay.

    After all, while expensive creams and serums have never quite lived up to their promises, Botox has always enjoyed a reputation as the miracle anti-ageing quick fix that works every time.

    So when Frankie, 24, started developing early lines between her eyebrows and across her forehead - due, she suspects, to exposing her skin to the elements while riding her horse - she had no hesitation deciding what to do next.

    Frankie, from Worcester, who runs her own business making party banners, says: 'I know I'm young, but my lines were really bothering me and I wanted to stop them before they got too serious.

    'I really wanted a nice smooth forehead again, so I went to a reputable national chain of clinics about six months ago who agreed Botox would be a good preventative measure. I then paid £225 to have two areas of my upper face injected.'

    Over the next few days, Frankie watched for signs that the neurotoxin - made from the same bacteria that cause botulism food poisoning - was starting to take hold and paralyse her facial muscles as promised.

    But she waited in vain. Whenever she checked, she could still wrinkle her forehead, and her frown lines stayed as visible as ever. After a month, she informed the clinic that the Botox had not worked - and was invited back for another dose at no extra charge.

    'It was a different nurse this time, who was just as experienced. I had loads more injections and they assured me they were using a full dose of the top-grade product - but again nothing.

    'I was really shocked. Never for a moment did I think it wouldn't work for me. But now I have researched it, I have found out that I must be one of the people who is resistant.

    'I've always been the sort to never catch so much as a cough or a cold, so it makes sense really. I'm surprised it didn't occur to me before that my body could fight it off.'

    Since it first became available for cosmetic use in the UK just over decade ago, Botox has been seen as a magic bullet in the fight against ageing.

    Yet despite the fact that over a million treatments are given in this country every year, it is a little known fact that not only are some patients immune to it altogether, but a growing number of women who have been getting the jabs too often, for too many years, are gradually building up a resistance to it.

    It is estimated that anything between 0.5 and 3 per cent of patients don't respond at all to the neurotoxin, which works by blocking messages in the nerve endings and weakening facial muscles for around four months at a time.

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    Joey Panek from ABC Sarasota News Discusses Microneedling for Tattoo Removal

    Saturday, January 03, 2015

    Joey Panek from ABC Sarasota News Discusses Microneedling for Tattoo Removal

    by Joey Panek, ABC Sarasota News

    Earlier this season, I talked to a few Suncoast residents about the trend of tattoos being more generally accepted in the workplace. Well, while that may be true, tattoo removal is a newer service that is growing, not just in popularity, but also in various methods. And one method is even being used as an alternative to plastic surgery. Tattoos have been commonplace in the 21st century, so it’s no shocker to see an arm sleeve or a leg tattoo when we’re out and about. Even so, tattoo removal services have grown in recent years. It appears some people are changing their minds about their permanent ink choices.

    “When they’re twenty, they had tattoos done that they really didn’t like or they’re faded," says Daniela Mains, a permanent makeup artist in St. Petersburg, FL. "So they come in and they want to have that done.”

    Laser tattoo removal has been the most common method of removal, breaking down the ink particles, which are then absorbed by the skin. But the newest method is called micro-needling.

    “I actually dry needle the skin," says Mains. "I use the liquid on it. It’s based with acid and salts. It will pull out the color. The crust from underneath will pull out the ink and it will fall off like a big scab.”

    While it doesn’t sound like an attractive process, it’s gaining in popularity, especially as many people criticize the laser removal as it send the ink into the body for absorption.

    The micro-needling process draws the ink up through the skin.

    And the news gets better. They’ve found that micro-needling reduces the appearance of wrinkles, giving it buzz as the new cosmetic treatment.

    “I needle the skin. I puncture the skin. Your brain thinks there is an injury so it turns on the collagen production," explains Mains. "So it’s doing that very slowly. It’s using your own natural collagen over a period of three to six months. It will plump up your face. You will look more youthful. Your skin is more pink.”

    With a recovery time of approximately 48 hours, it is less invasive than traditional plastic surgery.

    “It is not completely painless," warns Mains. "But it's better than plastic surgery, pain wise.”

    Stars like Jennifer Aniston have sung its praises, as other stars are choosing to go under the needle, as opposed to under the knife.