The idea of needling may have been around for hundreds, even thousands of years, starting with ancient Chinese, Indian and Egyptian health practices. However, cosmetic and medical needling as it is known today is a relatively new concept. Modern day micro needling consists of piercing the skin multiple times with very thin needles to deliver light trauma, thereby inducing an immune response. This is one of the approaches to something known as “fractional rejuvenation”.
The advantages of micro needling were first observed by Dr. Andre Camirand following his efforts to camouflage hypertrophic scars on several of his patients by tattooing pigment into their skin. Dr. Camirand noted that a year or two later, the pigment had dissolved completely, and 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 of scars (coming from the Greek word – Trepanon: to bore) with the tattoo gun was responsible for their improvement and re-pigmentation.
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.
In 2004, the first needle roller was introduced. A dermal roller is a small rolling pin, which, oddly enough, rolls across to skin’s surface, leaving behind a trail of microscopic punctures. This starts up an aseptic inflammation process, which will result in collagen production. The number of punctures caused by dermal rollers is much greater than the number of punctures created by a tattoo gun or any previously used method, but the roller presented many limitations. Different regions on the face and body require different depth of penetration, hence multiple single use rollers are required for a single patient. The roller is also unable to treat some of the harder to reach areas, such as those around the eyes and nose. The rolling action of the dermal roller also creates surface tears in the skin and causes unnecessary pain and discomfort for the patient during the procedure.
This is where the Dermapen™ comes in.
Unlike its less tech-savvy predecessor, the dermal roller, the Dermapen™ allows the user to adjust virtually every aspect of the treatment, tailoring it to each individual patient’s needs. Vertical needle insertion reduces pain, while the heavy duty motor backed by AOVN™ technology ensures the optimal number of punctures per second for getting the best results possible. The Dermapen™ combines results previously achievable only with the use of laser technologies, with the less damaging, heatless approach of dermal rollers. The Dermapen™ is also able to treat hard to reach areas, such as those around the eyes and nose, making it much more versatile.
Since its introduction into the market, the Dermapen™ has been used to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, atrophied and sun damaged skin, multiple forms of scarring, and stretch marks. It has also been used to enhance the result of various applications targeting alopecia, keloid scarring, and vitiligo, among others.
Disclaimer: The results may vary from person to person or from product to product.