A few weeks ago I mused over a shamazeballs ‘advanced facial‘ that I underwent with Advanced Facialist Emma Bennett, and committed to a course of five more sessions of self-indulgence in order to gauge their efficacy in the fight to stop my jowls from reaching my knees :-0  So, week before last I hot-footed it over to see the lovely Emma again, only this time, I visited the house of pain…

Treatment deets…
-Double cleanse
-Exfoliation with mild lactic resurfacing cream by pHformula.

All pretty norms up until this point but then, Emma produced the ‘Dermapen™’!  Now I’d had the Dermaroller™ treatment as part of my last facial and, whilst it works on the same principle (they are both known as ‘micro’ or ‘skin-needling’ and work by creating ‘controlled trauma’ to the skin), the Dermapen™ treatment is allegedly less painful and minimises bleeding due it’s ‘vertical puncturing’ of the skin action, as opposed to the ‘ploughing’ action of the Dermaroller™ :-0  The Dermapen™ treatment promotes scar-less healing and natural collagen reproduction which helps to tighten, lift and rejuvenate the skin. The results of the treatment are similar to some of the more ‘serious’ therapies, such as fractional and IPL laser, and chemical peels, but without the side-effects and downtime. It’s said to be effective for the treatment of fine lines, wrinkles, scarring (both acne and surgical), enlarged pores, stretch marks and pigmentation. Well I gotta say, it did smart a little, but this was probably due to the fact that the micro-fine needles punctured my skin to a depth of 1.0mm in my main areas of concern (pretty much most of my face) ie. crows feet, frown lines, nose to mouth lines (and was applied with a layer of MESO serum from pHformula), and 0.5mm over the rest of my face (and was applied with a layer of vitamin c & zinc serum from pHformula). There is always the option of an anaesthetic cream should you be a complete woose, but to be honest, it was all over reasonably quickly and I was willing to take the pain if it means I don’t have to sling my chops over my shoulders any time soon.

-The treatment was completed with a relaxing LED mask on the Red anti ageing setting for 15mins.
-Finished with a pHformula moisturiser and SPF50.

Was it worth the pain Zodle?…

OK, so I may have looked as rough as a badgers butt immediately after, but I was assured that the positive results would develop further over the course of the next few days as the skin goes into repair mode and new collagen is produced – my skin would look it’s best between 7-10 days after treatment. Well, whilst I haven’t felt inclined to insert a photo of mon visage into this musing, which looked rather pink for about 12 hours, my skin did look and feel more rejuvenated. However, for really noticeable results, a course of several treatments (dependant on your concerns) is recommended but, it’s worth noting that I have seen some remarkable results with skin-needling when it comes to reducing acne scarring.

Dermapen™ skin needling for a full face costs £180 with Emma Bennett, so whilst it’s not cheap, it’s certainly cheaper than some of it’s more invasive rivals. I don’t think you can expect a ‘face-lift in your lunch hour’ effect with this treatment, as the results are subtle but, they will build over time, and at least you will still be able to move your facial muscles and let everyone know how painful it was by screwing up your face as you recall your encounter with the Dermapen™ :-0

My ‘multi-facial’ journey continues next time, where at the end of which, I hope to be able to produce some ‘before’ and ‘after’ shots that will demonstrate the subtle efficacy of some of these less invasive treatments and, that it is possible to ‘age intelligently’…

🙂