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Demystifying Dermal Needling
Skin Institute
May 1, 2015

Hmmnn, needles on your face – sounds scary… or is it?


We recently offered our clients a choice of an IPL or Dermal Needling Special Offer. The vast majority chose IPL. So that got us thinking that perhaps an explanation of what exactly Dermal Needling involves is in order.  The procedure may conjur up slightly grim images for the uninitiated, but rest assured it’s not nearly as bad as it sounds. Many of our clients sing its praises as a non-invasive, cost-effective way to reduce fine lines and re-juvenate the skin.
Later, we’ll also be sharing a first hand experience so you’ll know exactly what to expect.


Dermal Needling

Sally Coulam – Appearance Medicine Nurse at Skin Institute Remuera.


Dermal needling has many rejuvenation  benefits and is used for collagen stimulation, tissue regeneration, reduction of fine lines, pore size, acne scarring and rejuvenation of overall skin  tone and texture.


We use a mechanical device called a medical Dermapen  which we insert a cylinder into containing  tiny needles.  These needles fire extremely quickly, and most clients  comment how painless and tolerable the treatment is . The speed and depth of the needles can be adjusted; we often start shallow and will go deeper depending on the skin concern being addressed. For example we need to go deeper to treat acne scarring.


Firstly we numb the skin with an anaesthetic gel, then before commencing treatment this is cleaned off and then a  hylauronic acid serum is placed onto the skin to help lubricate and glide the pen. We then ‘pass over’ the areas to be treated, and can do multiple ‘passes’ depending on the need. The variables involved are the speed and depth of needles, and number of passes.  This treatment is performed by a trained Registered nurse or doctor who will discuss your specific needs with you and recommend either just one, or a series of treatments for best results.


The added benefit of the hylauronic acid serum is that the needles drive this moisturising acid deep into the skin. Hylauronic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in our bodies that helps us hydrate similar to an internal moisturiser. Think of a baby’s bottom, it’s gorgeous and plump, it’s full of hylauronic acid. Sadly this depletes as we get older So when we put hylauronic acid on our skin  it aids the hydration process, so you can imagine how hydrated your skin will look and feel after this treatment.


How the treatment feels and how your skin reacts to it depends on your skin type. For example – thin and fair skin could have more lingering redness and swelling, and then there’s the dependency on the variables in your custom treatment – eg. how deeply you’ve been treated, how many passes etc.


After the treatment we recommend you don’t touch your skin for the first hour as the skin is open and you will risk causing infection.  Avoid the  sun and  daily use  of sunscreen is highly recommended. Use soothing and non-aggravating skin products like delicate soothing serums, hylauronic acid serums, gentle moisturisers and cleansers. Avoid products with active ingredients within them eg- Vitamin A, AHA’s/BHAs et c– these are amazing for your skin, but are not recommended  immediately after treatment. You need to rest your skin and treat it gently. You can return to your normal skincare regime after a week.


For basic rejuvenation of fine lines and pores I recommend a minimum of 3 treatments, done every 4 weeks. For on-going maintenance I generally recommend a top up every 6 months, though this depends on the individual and the overall treatment plan.


My clients who have had this treatment are delighted with the results. I find Dermapen gets fantastic results for hard to treat areas such as  upper lip, under eye and neck lines – these areas tend to age prematurely and are concerning for many people.

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