Q. I have these wrinkles around my lips that have been driving me crazy. I went to a dermatologist who put some Restylane in the area and now I have little bumps all over. I also had somebody tell me that laser was the only way to get rid of these wrinkles. Is there anything else that you could suggest that would improve my wrinkles, as I don't have the time to recover from a laser treatment?
A. I do have a solution for you that is a very old treatment but with a new twist! The solution is Dermapen. Dermapen is a micro needling device used on many skin problems such as scars, stretch marks and wrinkles.
The original idea came after a plastic surgeon observed that people who had tattoos noticed the skin in the tattoo area always looked much younger than the surrounding skin. After some research, it was noted that the cause of this improvement was the micro perforation that occurred using the tattoo needle. Dermapen is done using an anesthetic cream so that there is minimal pain.
The procedure takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Disposable needles are used, so there is no chance of having contamination. Generally, four treatments are needed to see a reasonable result.
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Each treatment is spaced out over one month. The results are noted from the first treatment, but optimal results occur in four to five months. Because there's no heat associated with this treatment there is less chance of hyper- or hypo-pigmentation, which may occur with laser treatment.
While this procedure does improve the lip lines, expectations must be moderated as this is a very difficult treatment area to get optimal results.
Dr. Carlos Wolf is a partner in Miami Plastic Surgery and is board certified. Email your questions to him at: Cwolf@miamiplasticsurgery.com