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Dermapen San Diego

Dermapen is a microneedling device that strengthens and rejuvenates damaged skin. As we age, collagen and skin elasticity decreases. This results in sagging skin that causes unwanted wrinkles and fine lines. Skin imperfections can be also caused by sun damage, scars, and inadequate skincare. The Dermapen treatment offers a fast and easy solution to restore a skin’s youthful appearance. This procedure targets deep within the skin and repairs the epidermis with no downtime. Done with the use of tiny medical needles, the base of the device creates controlled tiny gaps in the skin that produces collagen and elastin fibers used to strengthen and smooth the skin.

Dr. Daniel Brown, MD, FACS is board-certified plastic surgeon and strives to provide the highest quality of service while maintaining a friendly atmosphere. His extensive skills have made him one of the most sought out choices in the San Diego area. With three offices — one in Carmel Valley, Del Mar, La Jolla, and Coronado — it’s never been easier to set up a consultation or call (619) 461-1500. 

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About Dermapen

Dermapen San Diego

The skin procedure works by creating micropuncture wounds in the skin that causes a controlled injury. Fine, medical-grade needles reach deep into the dermis to stimulate collagen production and accelerate cell turnover. [1] These punctures trigger the body to automatically start the healing process by filling in the micro wounds with new collagen and elastin fibers. Blood supply will improve dramatically and will help improve the condition of the skin. The tone, texture, and overall firmness of the treated skin will start to improve. Depending on the patient’s concerns, the Dermapen can be customized to go at different depths to ensure the best results. [2] It is a great solution for reducing fine lines, wrinkles, stretch marks, scars, pores. While the treatment is mostly used on the face, it can treat skin anywhere on the body, including the neck, chest, stomach, and thighs.

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Patients like the Dermapen experience for its efficient and effective skin treatments. Benefits of the skin procedure include:

  • Reduced appearance of wrinkles
  • Fast, short downtime, and minimal pain
  • Improvement in overall skin tone and texture
  • Decrease in skin pores and stretch marks
  • Improve signs of sun damage and hyperpigmentation


Overall, patients should be nonsmokers and maintain good health habits. Both men and women have benefited from the procedure as it helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles, facial lines, stretch marks, and scars. The treatment works great with all types of skin textures and complections. Candidates who experience the following have also enjoyed the impacts of the Dermapen: [3]

  • Uneven skin tone
  • Rough skin
  • Large pores
  • Dark under-eye circles or puffiness

During your initial consultation at Brown Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, we will give you a comprehensive overview of how Dermapen can be right for you. Take the first step and transform your skin. Schedule an appointment at one of our convenient offices in the San Diego area.

Personal Consultation

We offer years of experience and luxurious convenience to our patients. Visit us at any of our offices in the metro San Diego area and you will be greeted with friendly and helpful staff whose number one goal is to serve patients and help them achieve their optimal body look. Dr. Brown truly cares for his patients. His passion for plastic surgery and skincare is like no other. He is definitely on your side as he finds it extremely rewarding to uplift patients’ physical and psychological well-being through the help of body improvements.

During your consultation, our staff will listen to your concerns and aesthetic goals. We will review your medical history and examine your skin to make sure the Dermapen treatment is right for you. Together, we will develop a treatment plan that is suited just for you.

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Dermapen San Diego

The quick and easy nature of the treatment does not require much preparation. However, there are a few things patients can do to prepare themselves for an efficient experience. You may be asked to stop using certain medications and supplements before treatment. Dr. Brown may advise you to stop taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen or naproxen. To see the best results, we recommend patients limit caffeine and alcohol intake for three days before receiving microneedling. [4]


When you arrive for your treatment, your skin will be thoroughly cleansed. While many patients feel comfortable during the procedure, those who are interested in maximizing comfort can request a topical ointment to be applied to the skin. The Dermapen device will be placed onto your skin and will be moved across the treatment area in a circular motion. This will allow the device to make tiny puncture wounds in the skin all the while leaving the skin intact and unharmed.  The motorized needles enter into the skin at various depths, depending on your specific treatment area. A serum may be applied to the skin before your treatment, allowing for deeper entry. [5]

Patients may feel a slight tingling or tickling sensation. The entire process should take less than an hour to complete.

Recovery & Results

Results can be seen almost immediately because the skin will repair itself right after the procedure is complete. However, allow for 2-4 weeks to pass for full results to show. An individual post-treatment plan will be given when you leave. Please avoid direct sun exposure for a few weeks after treatment. When outside, we recommend patients apply sunscreen to the treated area regularly. Your skin may be sensitive to the touch, similar to a sunburn. The treated area will be red and slightly inflamed for the first few days following the skin enhancement. This will subside within a few weeks. Finally, do not apply makeup for at least 12 hours after your session.

Some patients may not achieve their desired results in one treatment. For more striking results,  we may recommend five to six sessions. Treatments are scheduled about a month apart from each other.

Corresponding & Complementary Procedures 

Depending on your skin condition, you may benefit from additional or alternative treatments to achieve the desired look.


This procedure will eliminate fat, tighten up loose skin, and stimulate collagen production, creating a youthful, attractive facial contours. It is a minimally invasive alternative to a facelift. This safe, effective way of improving skin elasticity and eliminating stubborn fat deposits in the face and neck is a viable treatment. Like the Dermapen, the FaceTite procedure is done with a wand-like device that will be applied to the skin.


Botox Cosmetic is an injectable treatment that smoothes facial lines by relaxing your facial muscles. The result creates a youthful, happy, and positive impression. It is an easy procedure that works effortlessly and effectively to relax the muscles whose contractions cause the excess wrinkling and creases.


When you visit us for a consultation, the cost of the treatment will be discussed in great detail. The prices reflect on the customized nature of the treatment. Pricing factors include the size of the treatment area, your aesthetic goals, and the number of treatments involved. In some cases, the physician may recommend additional or alternative treatments to achieve this goal. Our knowledgeable staff at Brown Dr. Brown Cosmetic Plastic Surgery will provide you with a customized quote based on your condition and the look you are seeking to create. We are happy to discuss your options with you. Inquire about our financing options. Be sure to take advantage of our specials for additional savings.


Does the Dermapen hurt?

Many patients like this procedure for its efficient, minimally invasive nature. Having said that, some patients may experience minor discomfort during the skin needling treatment. You can request a topical anesthetic that will optimize your comfort. 

When will I start to see results?

You can see results immediately after treatment. However, full results won’t show until the skin microchannels have healed and skin color returns, which can take about two to four weeks.

What’s the difference between Dermapen and similar home treatments?

Dermapen is a safe and effective procedure for medical and skincare treatments. Similar microneedling products manufactured by other companies simply do not deliver superior results. They may even make matters worse as they pose a risk of many complications like scarring, infections, and dermatitis. [6]


  1. Contains Nonbinding Recommendations Regulatory Considerations for Microneedling Products Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff Food and Drug Administration Center for Devices and Radiological Health. (2017). https://www.fda.gov/media/107708/download 
  2. Iriarte, C., Awosika, O., Rengifo-Pardo, M., & Ehrlich, A. (2017). Review of applications of microneedling in dermatology. Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, Volume 10, 289–298. https://doi.org/10.2147/ccid.s142450 
  3. Medical Devices; General and Plastic Surgery Devices; Classification of the Microneedling Device for Aesthetic Use. (2018, June 8). Federal Register. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/08/2018-12335/medical-devices-general-and-plastic-surgery-devices-classification-of-the-microneedling-device-for 
  4. Nazario, B. (2020, June 25). Microneedling: What It’s Like. WebMD. https://www.webmd.com/beauty/what_is_microneedling 
  5. Saadawi, A. N., Esawy, A. M., Kandeel, A. H., & El‐Sayed, W. (2018). Microneedling by dermapen and glycolic acid peel for the treatment of acne scars: Comparative study. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, 18(1), 107–114. https://doi.org/10.1111/jocd.12827 

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