What Is the Dermapen™?
- fine lines
- surgical, acne and trauma scars
- stretch marks
- ...and much much more!
The Dermapen™ is the original and best known member of the Dermapen™ family.
The Dermapen™ consists of two parts: an electric hand piece that plugs into the wall for a stable and consistent source of power, and a disposable needle tip, containing 12 microscopic needles. Once the needle tip is clicked into the hand piece, your Dermapen™ is ready for action. The internal motor of the Dermapen™, powered with revolutionary AOVN™ technology, causes the needles in the Dermapen Tip to oscillate at a rate of close to 110 revolutions per second. When the needle tip makes contact with the skin, the needles create tiny puncture in the skin's surface, causing micro-trauma, and inducing an immune response, and subsequently, the creation of new healthy collagen. The punctures also act as micro-channels that carry topical nutrients used during the treatment deep into skin layers for an increased effect. Because the needles oscillate as quickly as they do, the tip of the Dermapen™ easily *glides* across the skin, without catching or causing any dermal tearing.
This small, easy to operate device is able to produce similar, if not better, results to a fractional laser, without the risk of hyper or hypo-pigmentation, as well as other side effects and downtime associated with these effective, but potentially damaging ablative heat based treatments.
The Dermapen™ was the original micro needling system made available to the world market. Over the last few years, this has made the Dermapen™ the most widely used system by practitioners, as well as the most searched for automated needling treatment by the public. Moreover, being the original has given us the advantage of having continuous feedback from practitioners throughout the world. We have been able to assess what it is our clients loved about the device, but also what they thought the Dermapen™ lacked. We have been able to take that feedback and apply it to our product. The result is the Dermapen 3™.
The Dermapen 3™ takes all the advantages of our older devices, leaving behind any shortcomings, and incorporates it all into an automated device that is able to produce over 1,300 micro holes in the skin per second, making the Dermapen 3™ more effective than dermal rollers, dermal stamps, and various other automated needling devices.
The Dermapen 3™ features 12 needle points in each of its tips and a stronger, smoother, more robust motor capable of delivering nearly 110 revolutions per second (108 revs per second, to be exact) at it highest setting. The depth of penetration is fully adjustable between 0 to 2.5 mm to accommodate any region of the body and face. The superior AOVN™ technology of the Dermapen 3™ allows for smooth, drag-less operation and optimal results.
Which Dermapen 3™ model is right for me?
There are currently three models of the Dermapen™ needling device available on the market : Dermapen 3MD™, Dermapen 3PRO™, and MyDermapen™. MyDermapen™ is a device for home use, meant to help maintain and enhance the results of deeper treatments performed by a trained technician. You can learn about MyDermapen™ here. The Dermapen 3MD™ and Dermapen 3PRO™ are for clinical and professional use, respectively.
The Dermapen 3MD™ is suited for more aggressive skin remodeling treatments as well as deeper rejuvenation procedures. The Dermapen 3MD™ allows the practitioner to penetrate up to 2.5 mm into the skin, activating the cascade of fibroblasts deep within the dermis to ensure a favorable treatment result when it is needed. When it comes to scars, deeper treatments not only successfully break down larger clumps of collagen predominantly found in scars, they also promote the proliferation of normal collagen to replace broken down scar tissue.
The Dermapen 3PRO™ is able to penetrate up to a depth of 1mm. This depth is more than sufficient to improve the appearance of fine lines, pigmentation, and enlarged pores. A penetration of 1 mm will help improve the tone, texture, and the overall condition of the skin. While treatments at this depth may improve the appearance of scars and stretch marks, a greater depth is generally required to make a greater impact.
How Does Micro-needling Work?
The Dermapen 3™ offers unparalleled collagen induction by harnessing the body's innate ability to re-grow and repair the skin as a response to micro-damage. This small, hand-held device delivers up to 1,300 micro punctures per second into the skin, thus stimulating the production of collagen and elastin and normalizing various skin functions.
Dermapen 3™’s controlled precision promotes the three phases of CIT mechanics, thus allowing for new collagen growth to occur.
The first phase begins with the release of the body’s own growth factors, followed by a cascade of new epidermal growth, fibroblast chemo-taxis, fibroblast proliferation, and matrix production.M
This proliferation of the body's tissue continues to release growth factors from fibroblasts, keratinocytes and monocytes, culminating in the second phase of CIT mechanics, where production of collagen I, III, and IV, elastin, proteoglycans and glycosoaminoglycans, and the process of angiogenesis occur.
The last phase of CIT and the desired result of a Dermapen™ Treatment is the tissue remodeling process, where the skin’s vascular matrix matures, causing skin to tighten. The body’s ability to remodel and heal itself is at the heart of this amazing product.
Moreover, because the process never involves heat or thermal energy, does not use harsh chemicals or cause unnecessary trauma, the skin heals quickly, requiring virtually no downtime.
Because the process activated via micro-needling essentially generates new healthy skin cells to replace aged or damaged ones, applications for the Dermapen™ are very diverse. The device has ben used to treat visible signs of aging, such as skin atrophy and wrinkles, as well as various types of scarring, stretch marks, several types of pigmentation disorders, sun damaged skin, hair loss, and much, much more.
In addition, the Dermapen™ is a fantastic drug delivery device. Any product applied to the skin during or immediately after a Dermapen™ Treatment is very easily absorbed into the skin, rendering it much more effective than with a traditional topical application.”
Micro Needling History
The idea of needling may have been around for hundreds, even thousands of years, starting with ancient Chinese, Indian and Egyptian health practices. However, cosmetic and medical needling as it is known today is a relatively new concept. Modern day micro needling consists of piercing the skin multiple times with very thin needles to deliver light trauma, thereby inducing an immune response. This is one of the approaches to something known as “fractional rejuvenation”.
The advantages of micro needling were first observed by Dr. Andre Camirand, following his efforts to camouflage hypertrophic scars on several of his patients by tattooing pigment into their skin. Dr. Camirand noted that a year or two later, the pigment had dissolved completely, and was replaced by actual melanin, while the scars themselves had also immensely improved in texture, appearance and color. This gave birth to the idea that trepanation of scars (coming from the Greek word – Trepanon: to bore) with the tattoo gun was responsible for their improvement and re-pigmentation.
It was then hypothesized, that puncturing the scar with a tattoo gun alone, without pigment, would break down collagen within the scar’s tissue, cause realignment and stimulate melanogenesis. The results of repetitive sessions on scars were reported by Camirand et al. to be more than good and typically consistent, since all of his patients benefited aesthetically from this type of treatment.
Following Dr Camirand's development, Dr. Des Fernandes introduced his own needling device: a small needle stamp that he used regularly in his surgical practice to induce collagen production. He delivered his first paper on skin needling of the upper lips at the ISAPS congress in Taipei in 1996.
In 2004, the first needle roller was introduced. A dermal roller is a small rolling pin, which, oddly enough, rolls across to skin’s surface, leaving behind a trail of microscopic punctures. This starts up an aseptic inflammation process, which will result in collagen production. The number of punctures caused by dermal rollers is much greater than the number of punctures created by a tattoo gun or any previously used method, but the roller presented many limitations. Different regions on the face and body require different depth of penetration, hence multiple single use rollers are required for a single patient. The roller is also unable to treat some of the harder to reach areas, such as those around the eyes and nose. The rolling action of the dermal roller also creates surface tears in the skin and causes unnecessary pain and discomfort for the patient during the procedure.
This is where the Dermapen™ comes in.
Unlike its less tech-savvy predecessor, the dermal roller, the Dermapen™ allows the user to adjust virtually every aspect of the treatment, tailoring it to each individual patient’s needs. Vertical needle insertion reduces pain, while the heavy duty motor backed by AOVN™ technology ensures the optimal number of punctures per second for getting the best results possible. The Dermapen™ combines results previously achievable only with the use of laser technologies, with the less damaging, heat-less approach of dermal rollers. The Dermapen™ is also able to treat hard to reach areas, such as those around the eyes and nose, making it much more versatile.
Since its introduction into the market, the Dermapen™ has been used to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, atrophied and sun damaged skin, multiple forms of scarring, and stretch marks. It has also been used to enhance the result of various applications targeting alopecia, keloid scarring, and vitiligo, among others.
Dermapen™ vs. Dermapen 3™
The Dermapen 3™ is the latest and most advanced model of the Dermapen™ system, fully redesigned from scratch to bring you the best version of the technology to date. The Dermapen 3™ is faster, stronger, more robust, and better suited for the rigors of clinical applications than previous models of the Dermapen™. Many practitioners around the globe have already had the opportunity to test out and compare the previous generation device with the new and improved Dermapen 3™.
Please consider the testimonials below:
"Our practice received the Dermapen 3 and we are extremely pleased. We did a head to head treatment on 2 patients - using both
the Dermapen 2 and Dermapen 3. There was no comparison. The Dermapen 3 was much quieter, the power on and off button was
convenient, the power cord was longer and the overall quality was superior on all measurable scales. The weight and feel
of the Dermapen 3 also felt better and our aestheticians noted that the Dermapen 3 glides better because there was less
rattling and vibration. Also - the case and packaging that it came in was very professional and sophisticated unlike the
cardboard box the Dermapen 2 came with. Clearly you put a lot of thought into the upgrade."
Dr. David Yew, Aesthetic Hawaii
"I really like your Dermapen 3MD much better than the Dermapen 2 for several reasons. First, the power button is a much easier
way turning the device on &off. I love the speed setting dial, it's so much more accurate and you can see what speed
you are on so much better. Overall, the Dermapen 3MD is a very user friendly device! On the Dermapen 2, the speed setting
dial was also the power dial. Another bonus about the Dermapen 3MD is the needles puncture 1300 holes per second, which
is more than the Dermapen 2! On the Dermapen 3MD, the power cord is much longer. The Dermapen Dermaceuticals are really
nice products. I love the way the hyla active feels on the skin. I also love the Antioxidant cocktail post treatment. Good
to follow up with that to keep away free radicals after all those little needle punctures. I am so very happy with the
Dermapen 3MD and what makes me even happier is that my patients love the way their skin looks and feels!"
Jennifer Pietras, Laser Skin and Wellness
While the Dermapen 3™ is the top of the line needling device we have to offer, we are still able to furnish the needs of practitioners operating with our older devices. Please do not hesitate to contact usregarding consumables for your earlier models of the Dermapen™ or if you would like to upgrade your existing device.
Dermapen™ vs. Fractional Laser
Dermapen™ Treatments are one example of what is known as “fractional rejuvenation”, a term which gets its name from fractional lasers, the technology closest to Dermapen™ in theory and results. Fractional lasers use heat to systematically ablate “fractions” of the skin’s surface, while leaving surrounding areas in tact, essentially “drilling holes” in the skin to produce a wound healing response. The unaffected tissue around the holes acts as a reservoir for fibroblasts and stem cells needed for regeneration of affected segments. Fractional radio frequency devices work on a similar principle and have many of the same side effects as fractional lasers.
Dermapen™ also makes holes in the skin to produce a wound healing response, leaving the surrounding tissue unaffected. While these technologies have similar results, they achieve them in very different ways, generating very different side effect profiles. Lasers use light to either char and obliterate the epidermis, or “denature” the collagen, depending on the laser type and manufacturer. Dermapen™, on the other hand, creates reproducible and consistent micro-punctures in the skin without the damaging side effects of heat.
Dermapen™’s mode of action limits the occurrence of side effects specific to fractional lasers, such as:
- Pain; higher in dark skinned patients (Mahmoud et al., 2010)
- Persistent erythema (Gold 2010)
- Infections (viral and bacterial). Facial herpes reported in 10.6% of patients in spite of antiviral prophylaxis (Naouri et al., 2011)
- Post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation in up to 18% (Vaiyavatjamai and Wattanakrai, 2011; Chan et al., 2010; Mahmoud et al., 2010; Yeung et al., 2012)
- Post-inflammatory hypo-pigmentation – seen in patients up to two years after a laser treatment. Occurs in up to 20% of patients with photo-aged skin (Gold 2001).
Light-based therapy is not for all skin types. The indications for use cleared by the FDA may put limits on the skin types that can be treated with a fractional laser, as is often seen with Fitzpatrick skin types 4, 5 and 6 (darker skin colors). The fractional holes “drilled” by the laser are affected by skin type, skin thickness, and vascularity. Alternatively, the Dermapen™ is “color-blind” and is therefore safe for virtually all skin types.
A major complication from light-based therapy includes Post-inflammatory Hyper-pigmentation (PIH) in Oriental, Mediterranean, and African skin types (Yeung et al., 2012; Metelitsa and Alster 2010; Chan et al., 2007). PIH presents as symmetric hyper-pigmented macules and patches on the face, and is one of the most common and distressing pigmentary disorders seen in dermatology clinics. It is notably difficult to treat and may relapse. Micro-needling, for the most part, has not had reports of PIH complications and thus is much safer for darker skin types (Fabbrocini et al., 2009).
Dermapen™ vs. Dermal Rollers
Dermal rollers are simpler, less tech-savvy predecessors to the Dermapen™. A dermal roller consists of a rolling pin covered with tiny needles. During a derma roller treatment, the roller is rolled across the skin, leaving behind a trail of microscopic punctures. While the needle roller is effective, the rolling action of the device pushes the skin into mounds, and causes the needles to enter AND exit the skin at an angle, creating lateral epidermal tears. The tearing is NOT due to the needles not being “properly anchored” in the skin, but the simple mechanics of angular needle entry. Whilst not detrimental to the results, this makes the treatment much more painful, and often causes a longer downtime for the patient.
The Dermapen™’s needles enter the skin at a 90 degree angle, eliminating the pain and epidermal tearing associated with dermal rollers. Dermapen™’s patent-pending AOVN™ technology keeps the oscillation speed of the motor at its optimal rate for smooth, drag-less operation.
The needle roller also makes it difficult to treat certain hard to reach areas, such as those around the eyes, nose and mouth.
The Dermapen™ tip has a much smaller surface area which comes in contact with the skin, which allows it to treat those hard to reach areas quickly, easily, and effectively. Even though it may seem that such a small contact surface would make the treatment much longer and much more tedious, the truth is to the contrary — because the needles vibrate at such a high oscillation rate, the Dermapen™ “glides” across the skin with ease, providing for quicker treatment times.
The different depths needed to treat various regions on the face and body presents another problem — the need for multiple depth rollers to treat just one patient. Some practitioners, due to the high cost of dermal rollers, choose to rely on variable pressure to treat different areas. This means that the practitioner never truly knows the depth of penetration they are achieving at any given point during the treatment.
The Dermapen™ features adjustable needle depth, making it easy for the practitioner to tailor the treatment perfectly to patients’ needs. Dermapen™ needles are made of surgical grade stainless steel, which means they retain their sharpness long after a typical Dermapen™ Treatment is completed. The needle tips are also the only disposable piece of the Dermapen™ device, which means not only low consumables cost in the long run, but also much less waste, making them a more environmentally-friendly choice.
The most important difference between dermal rollers and the Dermapen™ lies in the effectiveness of the two technologies. One thing has been repeatedly shown to be true — the more micro-punctures a device is able to achieve, the more dramatic the results will be. With the majority of dermal rollers, the maximum achievable number of holes is somewhere between 300 and 400 holes per second. While this sounds like a lot, the number sounds quite small when compared to the number of micro-punctures created by the Dermapen™. With its 12-tip needle head and a motor that produces close to 110 revolutions per second, the Dermapen3™ is able to deliver an impressive 1,300 holes per second, ensuring the most dramatic results.
A 60-patient study conducted by Prof. Tony Chu comparing the dermal rollers to the Dermapen™ revealed that not only were Dermapen™ Treatments less painful and had a shorter period of downtime, they were also much more effective in achieving visible results when compared to dermal rollers.
The “Duty Cycle” Myth
Much has been inferred about the duty cycle, but little of it pertains to the Dermapen™, and even less to the newly re-designed Dermapen 3™. The basic idea, as explained by “duty cyclists”, is that the needles must spend a lot less time inside the skin, and more time retracted back inside the needle chamber to prevent dragging or skin tearing. Whilst this is a legitimate concern, it is only relevant when talking about devices which are only capable of a small number of needle cycles (stamps per second). For example, the duty cycle is very important for a device operating at 15Hz, because without a very short duty cycle the device could not glide across the skin without catching. The argument becomes invalid when using the Dermapen 3 with its AOVN™ technology, because at 110Hz, the needles are oscillating in and out of the skin much too quickly to catch or create any dragging.
Dermapen™ Results/Case Studies
Note : Downloadable studies can be found in Dermapen ProZone
Q: Who can use a Dermapen 3MD™?
A:The Dermapen 3MD™ goes up to 2.5mm into the skin and so for that reason we only sell Dermapen 3MD™ to fully qualified practitioners (as per country regulations).
Q: How are the needle tips sterilized?
A:To ensure safety we use only the most advanced sterilization procedures and packaging materials. Currently, we are using gamma ray radiation to sterilize the needle cartridges. This method gives 3 to 5 years of guaranteed sterility from date of manufacture.
Q: Can Dermapen™ provide training?
A:Dermapenworld™ currently offers an online Training and Certification Course, available to registered Dermapen™ Treatment Providers. Please log in to ProZone to learn more. There is also a 68 page protocol book, Advanced Skin Innovations with Dermapen, available for purchase in out ProZone section. If you are interested in hands on training, please contact us or your local distributor for more information about training workshops in your region.
Q: I already have insurance for dermal rollers. Will this suffice?
A:You will need to speak with your insurance company to make sure that they alter the insurance for Dermapen™ as it works quite differently to the dermal rollers. However, if you have insurance, it shouldn't be a problem to alter it to cover your use of Dermapen™.
Q: Is there any downtime after treatments?
A:Generally no, but the patient may experience facial redness for 12-48 hours after the treatment. Most people are able to return to normal daily activities immediately after the treatment. Application of a breathable camouflage will seal the skin and cover any redness for an immediate return to work.
Q: How many times can I use each needle tip?
A:Dermapen™’s sterile needle tips are designed to be disposable and are for single-use only, to prevent cross-contamination and infection. The needle tips cannot be properly sterilized after use due to the materials used in their construction. We strongly recommend against re-using needle tip cartridges, as patient safety is of paramount importance. Dermapen™’s design permits the user to change the needle tip cartridge after each treatment. A low consumable cost of the needle tips, combined with little to no downtime for the patient, makes Dermapen™ an ideal solution.
Q: How much do the products cost?
A:Please contact us to find out how much Dermapen™ costs in your country.
Q: How many treatments are recommended for rejuvenation, acne scarring and stretch marks? (General guide)
A:Rejuvenation: 4-6 treatments, 4 weeks apart
Acne scarring: 6 treatments, 6 weeks apart
Stretch marks: 4-8 treatments, 4-6 weeks apart
Q: Should I prepare my skin before having a Dermapen™ Treatment?
A:For optimal results, a period of effective active treatment creams, such as Vitamin A, C or Resveratrol & Procyanidin is recommended to allow the skin’s strength to build-up (especially for thin or delicate skin areas). Consult your clinician about the recommended DP Dermaceuticals™ Pre- and Post- procedure protocol.
Q: How long should it take before I see results?
A:Typically, you will see results after the first treatment. Lasting and more significant results will occur after 4 to 6 treatments (spaced 4-6 weeks apart). Your skin will continue to improve over the next 6-12 months after a course of treatments and when combined with the recommended post treatment care.
Q: Is the treatment painful?
A:For minimum needle depths Dermapen™ Treatments are painless. Treatments over 0.5mm deep, may require a topical anesthetic cream to be applied for 15-40 minutes before the procedure. This will render the treatments virtually pain free.
Q: Is there any downtime after treatments?
A:Generally no, but you may experience facial redness for 12-48 hours after the treatment. Most people are able to return to normal daily activities immediately after the treatment. Application of a breathable camouflage will seal the skin and cover any redness for an immediate return to work.
Q: How soon after filler injections can I have a Dermapen™ Treatment?
A:It is recommended to wait at least 7 days after filler injections, so that any post treatment bruising from the fillers can settle. It is also possible to have your Dermapen™ Treatment several days before having fillers injected. Consult with your practitioner prior to determine exactly how long a wait is best in each particular case.
Q: How much do the products cost?
A:Please contact us to find out how much Dermapen™ costs in your country.