LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — People suffering from skin conditions such as wrinkles, acne scars and skin discoloration are turning to the treatment of a “space age” looking Dermapen to improve their skin through natural healing.

Cosmetic surgeon Alex Kaplan, who calls the Dermapen treatment one of his most popular procedures, says the skin’s improvement comes from an all-natural process, in which the patient’s skin heals itself.

The Dermapen works by using tiny needles to penetrate the skin and release collagen after the application of a numbing cream, causing an intentional cellular inflammation.

“I really like the results,” Kaplan stated. “Dermapen works by having the tiny needles within the pen slightly injure the skin, because the release of collagen (causes) inflammation on the cellular level, and as the skin heals, it plumps, it smooths, and wrinkles and acne scars improve.”

Kaplan says the Dermapen treatment is ideal for people who suffer from acne or other types of scars, in addition to fine lines and wrinkles close to the eyes, lips or mouth. The Dermapen also treats skin discoloration.

“We’ve used other lasers that are more risky for people with darker skin colors, and this produces better results, and is very well-tolerated,” Kaplan said.

Patient Diana Molina, 37, says that she has struggled with difficult skin issues for years.

“I’ve tried other lotions, other treatments, chemical peels, nothing really seemed to work.” Molina said. “It is a big change. I do see a lot of change, especially in the cheek areas.”

Molina then underwent three treatments with the Dermapen and says she is finally seeing the results she had always hoped for.

“It’s definitely working; I do see a lot of improvement,” Molina described. “I’m happy; I’m very satisfied. I like the results. I’m very happy.”

The tiny vibrating needles, which Molina credits with helping her with the acne scars she’s lived with for years, pack a punch. But the numbing cream before each procedure is said to be powerful enough to make the treatments tolerable.

Kaplan says results have varied, depending on the area of treatment and the severity of the condition.

While prices range from $200 to $500 per treatment, Kaplan says results continue to improve over time.

For more information on the Dermapen, including testimonials, visit its website here.

For further information on Kaplan’s Celebrity Laser Spa, visit his website here.

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