At Heartwood Wellness, we offer the most advanced technologies and skin care products currently available.
To bring the best of skin care to Vancouver, we use the Dermapen-3 Micro-needling Device in combination with Hyaluronic acid and DP dermaceuticals.
- Dermapen uses electronically controlled micro-needles to stimulate new collagen and rejuvenation of skin
- Needles are precisely controlled to move to a set depth and at a set speed
- The skin heals quickly with a minimum of side effects to smooth acne scars, wrinkles and other skin texture problems
- Can be used in all skin types and colors
Micro Needling with the Dermapen is a very safe, and effective alternative to injectables and the invasive lasers used today. The results are long term and the recovery time is minimal. Micro Skin Needling is a cost effective, non-invasive, non-injectable skin rejuvenation treatment that targets a diverse range of skin concerns. This procedure uses a pen with microscopic needles between 0.25mm and 2mm. Micro Skin Needling is derived from ancient acupuncture and mesotherapy. During the treatment the pen is gently glided over the skin, tiny punctures are created within the epidermis and dermis that encourage the skin’s own natural healing response leading to the production of collagen and elastin. The treatment is carried out using topical numbing cream if needed however many clients feel they do not need it. Afterwards your skin will appear sunburned in the area treated and this will subside over the next 12-24 hours depending on the depth of the treatment performed. The redness can be covered with mineral make-up after 24 hours.
ACNE SCARS and SURGICAL SCARS
The Dermapen treatment improves the appearances of acne and surgical scars. The micro needles of the Dermapen create new collagen and elastin to be generated and deposited in the areas of the scar. The physical nature of “skin-needling” breaks up this fibrous and uneven scar tissue and stimulates the growth of new tissue. Plus there is the added benefit of new capillary growth which improves the blood supply to the area providing a healthy foundation for the new skin. Currently there are ablative and non-ablative treatments offered which can damage the epidermis and evaporate the skin leading to a thinner epidermis. The Dermapen keeps the integrity of the epidermis intact which quickens healing time and causes less pain.
FINE LINES AND WRINKLES (Crows feet / forehead lines / lip lines)
As we age the natural production of collagen and elastin diminishes which leads to wrinkles, and sagging. Wrinkling in the skin is also caused by habitual facial expressions, aging, sun damage, smoking, poor hydration, and various other factors. The Dermapen promotes a process of new skin growth through the science of Collagen Induction Therapy. The most effective way to stimulate or “Induce” new skin safely and effectively is by micro-needling with the Dermapen.
Dermapen treatments not only target specific imperfections but also provide an overall rejuvenation of the skin. The needling process improves micro-circulation in conjunction with collagen and elastin formation beneath the skin to thicken the dermis reducing wrinkles. You will notice improved skin texture, more even skin tone as well as an overall brightness to your skin. Undergoing a series of Dermapen treatments will not only provide visible results to the entire appearance of your skin but it will slow down the signs of aging.
MINIMIZE PORE SIZE
The Dermapen treatments will result in a more refined appearance of the pores. There are two main culprits that contribute to the appearance of enlarged pores. The first culprit is congested skin. When your pores are congested this will increase their appearance. Secondly pores will appear larger as our skin begins to age and the elasticity of our skin decreases. The Dermapen treatments stimulate collagen and elastin which results in firming of the skin thereby reducing the appearance of large pores.
Stretch Marks are a form of scarring on the skin with an off-color hue. They are caused by tearing of the dermis, and over time can diminish but will not disappear completely. The Dermapen treatment offers a progressive and natural solution to stretch marks. The treatment stimulates healthy collagen and elastin production in the deeper skin layer to repair the damaged areas with the release of growth factors and stimulation of fibroblasts. Everyone will experience improvement in the appearance of their stretch marks with the Dermapen but results are individual and depend on the severity, age and extent of the stretch marks. Early red stretch marks will result in the most improvement.
Key Benefits of Skin Micro-Needling:
- Stimulates the production of collagen tightening the skin
- Reduces the appearance of crows feet and lip lines
- Reduces the appearance of forehead lines and frown lines
- Assists in the absorption of cosmetic products
- Reduces the appearance of wrinkles, pigmentation and sun damage
- Reduces the appearance of acne scars and chicken pock scars
- Reduces the appearance of enlarged pores
- Helps with rosacea by strengthening the skin.
What makes Skin Micro-Needling so effective?
What makes skin micro-needling an effective treatment option is a result of what is happening to the skin after it is needled over the next 3 plus months.
Your skin will appear to be visibly healed after 24-48 hours but the healing process is continuously happening beneath the surface for several months. This natural healing process is what makes the treatment so effective
The fibroblast cells which are the cells that make collagen and elastin will migrate to the injured site and produce and deposit new extracellular matrix. The new matrix cross-links and organizes itself and over time, new collagen will:
- fill in any depressed scars and deep lines that are present
- break down and reorganize any scar tissue
- realign and stimulate new pigmentation
After a few months, this new collagen will start to shorten. This leads to the slow tightening of the skin. Over time this healing process will lead to the formation of a thick layer of collagen, healthy elastin and improved blood flow at the initial injury site. Each needle’s pinprick begins a healing process which will blend together to lay down an almost continuous sheet of collagen.
What makes Skin Micro-Needling a great treatment option?
- The surface of the skin (epidermis) remains intact so the risks are very minimal, skin heals very quickly and there is minimal downtime. Unlike re-surfacing lasers that destroy the surface layer leading to substantial downtime, and higher risks.
- The needling does not damage the skin but rather leads to thicker, healthier skin.
- It is a cost-effective option compared to laser treatments.
Get the most from your Skin Micro-Beedling treatments by:
- Making sure you are on a good home care program that consists of vitamin A serum, vitamin C powder, antioxidants and nourishing lipids.
- Using a home care roller weekly to ensure you are getting the most out of your products and also preventing congestion of the skin that can lead to breakouts and dull look of the skin.
Adjunct Treatments for Scars
For keloids and hypertrophic scars, we also offer acupuncture injections. Very thick or keloid type scars require more than resurfacing. Injection into the scar causes it to shrink and flatten. Dermapen resurfacing after this helps to blur the texture and color of the scar. Please call for more information on this treatment.
How many treatments are necessary to achieve a good response?
Improvement is seen with each treatment but a series of 3-5 treatments is best to achieve optimal results.
How far apart are treatments done?
Dermapen treatments can be repeated every 4-6 weeks.
Is Dermapen safe for darker skin types?
Since no melanin-absorbing laser and no heat are involved, the Dermapen is safer than lasers, such as IPL, for darker skin types..
Is Dermapen painful?
Dermapen uses very fine needles and is relatively comfortable. A topical numbing cream is all that is needed.
How long is each treatment?
For a face, each treatment is 30 to 60 minutes.
How is Dermapen different than a needle roller?
Needle rollers also use needles for skin resurfacing but are often too large and unwieldy for tight areas. They are also dependent on hand pressure, so the depth of penetration varies depending on the the amount of pressure exerted and the softness of the skin, while the Dermapen depth of penetration is set precisely with an electronic dial. There is also lateral trauma to the skin when the needles on a roller pull out of the skin as the wheel turns. This does not happen with the Dermapen, which relies only on vertical needle action.
What are the immediate after-effects?
There is redness and very minimal bleeding.