What is Skin Needling? Deakin Plastic Surgeon Discusses Dermapen for Skin Renewal
Dr. Chandra Patel and Lindy Patel, RN use Dermapen® at The Lotus Clinic to help patients reduce the appearance of wrinkles, damaged skin, acne scarring, and stretch marks.
Deakin, ACT – Dr. Chandra Patel’s Canberra plastic surgery practice not only offers surgical facial and body enhancement procedures, but also non-surgical options for patients seeking less invasive treatment with little to no potential downtime. Patients of The Lotus Clinic can address concerns such as wrinkles, facial creases, aging skin, and skin damage with injectables, fillers, and medical-grade skin care products. The practice also uses the new Dermapen® skin needling procedure, a needle-based dermabrasion treatment designed to combat wrinkles, acne scars, and stretch marks, among other aesthetic conditions.
Dermapen® uses an ultra-fine needling technique to achieve cosmetic results that Dr. Patel says can be longer-lasting than other injectables or dermal fillers. Lindy Patel, a registered nurse skin rejuvenation expert at The Lotus Clinic who performs the Dermapen® treatments, notes the results of Dermapen® typically last up to 2 years, while many popular injectable wrinkle reduction treatments last up to about 6 months. In addition, Patel says Dermapen® uses an updated needling method that is often less traumatic for the skin and more comfortable for the patient than some of the needling methods used in the past.
According to a recent blog post on the practice’s website titled “Skin Needling: More Than Just A Wrinkle Treatment,” Dr. Patel explains how Dermapen® treatments work. “Through the use of ultra-fine needles, we are able to trigger the body’s natural healing process, causing the generation of new collagen and elastin,” he says. “The result can be healthier, smoother, younger-looking skin.”
The adjustable depth of needle penetration is what allows Dermapen® to be utilised for a wide array treatments. Since the needling procedure prompts the body to return to the healing phase, Dr. Patel says Dermapen® can also be used as an effective way to treat mild scars. The micro-needling technique breaks up the dense collagen fibres of scar tissue and rearranges them, which can help to reduce the appearance of the scar.
Depending on the patient’s goals, Dermapen® treatments take 30-60 minutes to complete. Within 3 days, Dr. Patel says signs of treatment should subside, if not entirely disappear. Patients should see results developing in the treatment area 6-8 weeks after treatment, as the collagen and elastin rebuild. For most skin conditions, the Canberra plastic surgeon recommends patients have 3-4 Dermapen® treatments performed to optimise results. “If you are seeking a non-surgical method of addressing your skin concerns,” says Dr. Patel, “Dermapen® is often a quick and cost-effective way to achieve smoother skin.”
About Chandra Patel, FRACS
Dr. Chandra Patel earned his medical degree in the UK and went on to complete extensive plastic surgery training in the UK, the United States, and Australia. Dr. Patel is the former Head of The Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Unit at the Canberra Hospital and is currently a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS), a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, and a member of the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. He is available for interview upon request.
For more information about Dr. Chandra Patel and The Lotus Clinic, please visit lotusclinic.com.au.
The Lotus Clinic
77 Denison Street
Deakin ACT 2600
02 6156 2255