Dermapen Side Effects
Do Not Use If You Exhibit Any of the Following:
- History of allergies – Aggressive needling of the abdomen or thigh areas may trigger an allergic reaction, due to the upregulation of histamine production leading to urticaria (hives) that may itch for days.
- Immunosuppression – Do not needle immunosuppressed patients (whether due to disease condition, medication, or other source) due to heightened risk of secondary infection post needling.
- Diabetes – Potential delayed wound healing may increase risk of secondary infection post needling.
- Pustular or nodular rosacea – Do not needle inside zones of inflammation until inflammatory response has dissipated; you can needle nearby, unaffected areas.
- Concurrent use of anticoagulant medication – Anticoagulant medications, such as Coumadin, may contribute to prolonged bleeding. Under no circumstances should medication for a serious health condition be discontinued in favor of aesthetic issues.
- Unnecessarily frequent needling sessions – Needling more than once per month may overstimulate collagenase response, to the detriment of therapeutic goals.
- Injectable neuromodulators – Do not use Dermapen within 48 hours of injection of neuromodulators (such as Botox or Dysport) in proximity to the needled area to avoid potential maldistribution of injected toxins.
- Injectable fillers – Do not use Dermapen within two weeks of injection with dermal fillers or volumizers to avoid potential unwanted inflammatory response.
- Pregnancy – Dry needling without use of topicals or other products is not recommended.
- Presence of palmar or plantar keloid scarring – Use of Dermapen may exacerbate scarring on the palms or soles. When needling clients with keloid scars, antihistamine therapy may inhibit unwanted inflammation.
- Moles, Skin Tags and Various Lesions – Avoid needling moles and other raised lesions with the Dermapen. Investigate and identify any skin irregularities before needling, and evaluate these areas so they can be avoided during a Dermapen needling session. Darkened areas of the skin that look abnormal should also be avoided. Melanoma is a skin cancer that is most commonly found on areas of the body that contain melanocytes. Melanocytes produce melanin, which causes the appearance of a dark “mole” or “freckle”. This skin cancer is especially common in sun-exposed skin and should NEVER be needled with the Dermapen.