DNA Repair Facial
The DNA Repair Facial is our signature facial utilizing the microneedling procedure. It is recommended for people with acne scars, sun-damaged skin, wrinkles, and loose skin. The settings can be adjusted for maintenance purposes for people who want to stay ahead of the aging curve.
Skin is cleansed and a topical anesthetic is applied. After 10-15 minutes of numbing the skin is cleansed again. Neova DNA CoFactor cosmeceutical products are applied. They contain an Advanced Delivery System involving DNA Repair Enzymes and Copper Peptide Complex. This symbiotic delivery system allows for transference of peptides and enzymes into the cells of the skin. This causes an activation of the skin’s DNA repair process. While these products are generously applied, the microneedling procedure is utilized to drive the cosmeceutical deep into the dermis. This process in itself stimulates growth factors, fibroblasts, and collagen. Some pinpoint bleeding occurs. After three or four passes over the skin surface, Neova’s DNA Total Repair is applied.
Your skin will feel tighter immediately after the treatment and redness may persist for about 2 hours. Sun exposure should be avoided and protective garments are recommended if you will be in the sun immediately after. Areas typically treated are face, neck, décolletage, and hands.
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What is it?
DNA Repair Facial is a skin treatment that precisely delivers controlled injuries to the skin to elicit the normal wound response. A special wand with super fine needles is glided over the skin with a moisturizing serum to create rapidly healing microwounds directly perpendicular to the skin. We use a special FDA-cleared wand called the Dermapen.
What conditions can be treated?
Aging skin, wrinkles, acne scars, surgical scars, stretch marks are all FDA indicated conditions for the Dermapen. Additionally, the Dermapen is used off-label by some providers for tattoo removal, certain hair and scalp conditions, and for improved delivery of certain drugs into the skin including Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP).
How does it work?
A sterile, disposable needle tip is glided over your skin using the automated Dermapen. A nutrient-rich, hydrating serum is used as a slipping agent. For lighter treatments, where no topical anesthetic is required, you will feel “tingly”. For deeper treatments, such as acne scar treatments, a topical anesthetic is utilized. Two – three passes are delivered. The spring-loaded, oscillating action of the automated needling device creates microwounds that stimulate the healing cascade and stimulation of collagen.
What do I need to do before my first treatment?
Hold any retinoids for 12 hours prior to procedure. Avoid excess sun exposure prior to and after procedure.
How many treatments are typically needed?
This depends on the particular problem and the extent of damage that needs to be corrected. Acne scarring and stretch marks would require 4-6 treatments to see results. More superficial problems such as pigment, depending on the extent of damage, may require about 4 treatments. The goal of treatment is for noticeable improvement. Although it is possible, do not expect a 100% resolution to the particular problem.
Is it unsafe for some people?
People who should not get treatments include anyone whose immune system is compromised. The reason for this is people who are immunocompromised could have difficulty healing. Some examples are people who are chronically ill, on chemotherapeutic drugs, diabetics, people who are on Accutane (or were in the last six months), and pregnant women. Some other contraindications include people with active cysts on the area they want to treat, people with a history of allergies causing skin hives, and people with a history of keloid scars. People with a history of cold sores should be prophylactically treated before the procedure. People who are on anti-coagulation therapy should not be treated.
What are the possible complications?
Hives may occur especially on more aggressive treatments for surgical scars and stretch marks. Antihistamines may reduce this risk. Inflammation, burning, and itching sensations may also occur. People with a history of cold sores may get an eruption.