Over time, your skin loses collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid- all of which help give you that healthy, youthful appearance. While injections can help you regain some of what was lost, a new injection alternative is showing results.
What is Dermoelectroporation (DEP)?
Dermoelectroporation is a device that allows your OBGYN to better deliver substances to your skin by ensuring transdermal absorption. Oftentimes substances consisting of very large molecules, or macromolecules, are not easily absorbed by skin cells. Examples of some of these substances include type A botulinum toxin, collagen, hyaluronic acid, vitamins, etc. Using the DEP device at application enhances skin’s ability to absorb these macromolecules.
How Does Dermoelectroporation Work?
Using continued reverse polarity electrical pulses, DEP opens the water-based channels in your skin cells and allows non-water substances to penetrate deep into the cell. Due to this patented technology, your OBGYN can safely administer drugs without having to alter their composition.
Is Dermoelectroporation Safe?
DEP is a very safe device that operates without the use of needles to deliver more of the drugs to skin cells than previously possible. Previous electroporation options used high voltages with few options to modify and reduce side effects. Unlike those other electroporation devices, DEP uses controlled electrical pulses that can be modified in strength, time duration and other electrical characteristics to minimize your side effects.
Risks and Side Effects
During the treatment, you may notice small red areas on the skin that was treated. While studies have not shown any side effects related to the DEP device, you may experience allergies or irritation from the substances applied with dermoelectroporation. Your OBGYN will work with you to monitor and mitigate this risk.
However, this redness should resolve within a few minutes. Dermoelectroporation should not be used if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. In addition, please speak to your OBGYN if you have any implantable devices, as the DEP treatment may interfere with these devices.
If you have an interest in learning more about dermoelectroporation and how it can benefit you, please call our office and speak with Dr. Nathan T. Thomas.