Micro Needling History
(Images are courtesy of Drs. Camirand and Doucet)
The first important study concerning skin needling was published by Dr. Andre Camirand et al., who, in his 1997 article, described
his experience with this method. In an effort to camouflage facial hypochromic scars in a number of his patients, Dr. Camirand tattooed
over the scars with skin-colored pigment. After 1-2 years, it was noticed that even though the pigment was long gone, it was replaced
by actual melanin, while the scars themselves had also immensely improved in texture, appearance and color. This gave birth to the idea
that trepanation (coming from the Greek word – Trepanon: to bore) of scars with the tattoo gun was responsible for their improvement
It was then hypothesized, that puncturing the scar with a tattoo gun alone, without pigment, would break down collagen within the scar’s tissue, cause realignment and stimulate melanogenesis. The results of repetitive sessions on scars were reported by Camirand et al. to be more than good and typically consistent, since all of his patients benefited aesthetically from this type of treatment.
Following Dr Camirand's development, Dr. Des Fernandes introduced his own needling device: a small needle stamp that he used regularly in his surgical practice to induce collagen production. He delivered his first paper on skin needling of the upper lips at the ISAPS congress in Taipei in 1996.
DEVELOPMENT OF MICRONEEDLING DEVICES
After extensive research and further development of skin needling technology, Clinical Resolution Laboratory, a US company from California, reinvented a patent on a device called MTS Roller, and released the instrument to the public in 2004.
After comparing the two above-mentioned techniques with the MTS Roller, it is evident that the MTS Roller combines the best features of both, while offering additional advantages. As the MTS Roller is passed over the skin, it creates hundreds of temporary holes in the epidermis, as well as hundreds of minuscule wounds on the dermis. This starts up an aseptic inflammation process, which will result in collagen production. The number of punctures caused by the MTS Roller is dozens of times greater than the number of punctures created by a tattoo gun or any previously used method.
THE BIRTH OF DERMAPEN™
After the invention of the MTS Roller, there was still a missing link between the advantages of treating without the heat from a fractional laser device (being able to treat all skin types with minimal side effects) and the superior results of a fractional laser.
This lead to the great invention of the Dermapen™, which is able to produce similar, if not better, results to a fractional laser, without the risk of hyper or hypo-pigmentation. The Dermapen™ takes the idea of controlled needling of the skin and incorporates it into an automatic device that is able to produce over 1300 micro holes in the skin per second. It does so without the use of heat, thus enhancing the results whilst not creating unwanted side effects.
Dermapen™ will continue to push the boundaries of innovation with more devices and Dermaceuticals™ to enhance results and provide better treatments for our customers worldwide.