How long have you been using Dermapen?
About 3 years.
What made you interested in Dermapen Micro Needling Skin Therapy?
The guys who got the rights to sell it in the U.S. contacted me first and wanted me to give my opinion so they brought it into my office to test it a little bit. I was impressed with it. Micro- needling has been around for a long time but this was a versatile and efficient way of doing it. It helps with texture and scars and other things. I was quite impressed with it so purchased it and have been using it ever since.
What do you think are the most compelling reasons why a physician’s office would want to adopt the device and what impresses you the most about it?
It’s similar to the fractional laser yet it’s not expensive; a few thousand dollars versus many thousands of dollars. It’s very simple and easy to use and it’s something that has good efficacy without tremendous capital outlay. In skilled hands, it’s’ a very safe treatment that has filled a niche for us.
Would you delegate to staff?
I have delegated it to my PA and nurse and they have 11 years experience. The device is only as good as the person running it. The device should only be used by a certified individual with experience.
What makes it safe and effective in the hands of ancillary staff?
Well, it’s defined what it does. It pokes holes in the skin at varying depths, half a mm, a couple of mm. The number of passes vs. how many holes you’re poking and how much skin remodeling you’ll get from that treatment. That’s where the judgment comes in. That requires some experience and understanding of what is going on.
What indications are this device for?
The thing I use it for the most is for treatment of scars. It has a number of different purposes. You can also use it for general rejuvenation of the skin, helping texture and so forth. There are a number of different applications.
Could you use this in conjunction with IPL?
Yes. And other treatments as well.
How does it work with IPL and what’s the general protocol? Why do you do it and what is the expected outcome?
You can do IPL to treat photo damage or some kind of melasma and things like that. Then using Vitamin C to open the top of that. So the IPL first, or eMatrix or skin tightening, then by pushing your antioxidant product into the skin you maybe able to cause the collagen to regenerate better and give a better result than doing the procedure alone.
What has been the patient response to Dermapen?
Patients seem quite satisfied with Dermapen. We haven’t had anyone complain that they didn’t like the treatment. I think overall acceptance is very good. And the topical, numbing cream makes the procedure very tolerable.
Do you do that in addition to?
Yes, we put the numbing cream on first, then it’s removed before we do the treatment. You don’t want to push that cream into the skin. I’ve had it personally done on my face and neck so I know exactly how it feels.
How would you characterize it?
I thought it was very tolerable. On a scale of 1-10 I’d give it about a 2.
Is there anything you’d like to say about the device that maybe we haven’t covered?
I think it’s a nice little efficient device, not very expensive and not very difficult to use. It has nice utility. The above treatment in skin micro-needling protocols are suggested by Dr.Taylor.