20 Mar Microneedling is Over 100 Years Old
You’ve likely heard of microneedling, a popular collagen induction therapy that stimulates collagen and growth factor production through tiny wounds in the skin. It’s one of the most requested procedures at Spectrum Dermatology, but many people don’t realize just how old the technique is.
Microneedling works because it ensures that newly formed tissue has more collagen and elastin, which results in younger-looking skin. The microneedling we know today has already been around for decades, although it evolves with the times. Today’s medical-grade hand-held devices are nothing like what inventor Dr. Kromayer used in 1905. He was the dermatologist who first used a controlled abrasion resurfacing tool made of rotating wheels and rasps. Originally, he used this early form of microneedling to treat acne scars, hyperpigmentation, and keratoses—which are three issues that microneedling still treats today.
Well after Kromayer’s invention, medical tattooists realized that after numerous tattooing sessions with skin-colored ink, it wasn’t the pigment that led to reduced scar tissue (as initially suspected). It was actually the needles that were lessening the scars. This wasn’t the original goal of medical tattooing, but a welcome surprise for the world of skin rejuvenation.
This brings us to 1996, when Canadian cosmetic surgeon Dr. Camirand realized that “wounding” skin with tattoo needles led to better scar texture. He recognized the needles broke down the collagen in the scar, and his patients had much better texture results when he tested this theory. Also in 1996, another plastic surgeon created his own device—the first derma roller. Dr. Des Fernandes began using it regularly in his surgical practice to increase collagen production.
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It was Dr. Des Fernandes’s “skin needling” that created the foundation for microneedling as we know it today. It’s now used to treat wrinkles, stretch marks, lax skin, and scars. Most clients immediately report their skin “glowing” after just one treatment and an immediate reduction in fine lines. If you’d like to give this time-tested technique a try, contact Spectrum Dermatology at 480-948-8400.