Skin Needling creates healthier, younger looking skin and regarded by many to be as effective as laser resurfacing. Skin is stimulated with commercial tattooing equipment which causes an increase in natural production of collagen and elastin to plump, fill and firm while leaving the dermis intact - unlike invasive surface treatments such as chemical peels and dermabrasion. Compared to surface treatments such as peels, needling is an effective and affordable alternative that can take years off your appearance. And, our service is quick, safe, and painless with no down time.
You may benefit from Needling if you have:
Needling offers many benefits when compared to more expensive and invasive procedures such as laser resurfacing and chemical peels, including:
Although results vary, multiple sessions should be anticipated to achieve desired results. Skin improvement is cumulative with each treatment, and can continue for up to one year after treatment.
Needling may not be for everyone and we do not recommend it for anyone with darkly pigmented skin as it could cause discoloration or hyper-pigmentation. Some other contraindications include individuals who have or have had a history of diabetes, herpes simplex virus, cold sore breakouts, STDs, or keloidal scarring.
History of Skin Needling
Skin Needling has been performed for many years, using a variety of instruments, to soften depressed scars and deep facial lines.
The Early Stage
The evolution of skin needling (aka skin abrasion, collagen induction therapy, needling) for its common use today began in the early 20th century. In 1905, a German dermatologist, Dr. Kromayer, first reported controlled resurfacing abrasion of the skin. His technique involved the use of rotating wheels and rasps for treating acne scars, keratoses, and areas of hyper-pigmentation.
Despite this early report of successful use of skin abrasion, the treatment did not gain widespread popularity until the early 1950’s when doctors Kurtin, McEvitt, and others published numerous articles on skin abrasion. Dr. Kurtin presented the first series of patients who underwent skin abrasion to Mount Sinai Hospital in 1953 using high-speed rotary abraders, intra-operative freezing, and a variety of other abrasives.
Moderate skin abrasion technique was developed in Italy in early 1980's by Swiss/French dermatologist, Dr. Philippe Simonin. His ground breaking technique, which utilized electroridopuncture and acupuncture needling, was used successfully throughout many European countries prior to its introduction (and popularity) in the United States. In his initial study, 600 patients were examined and divided into 2 patient groups - one with skin aging and the other with old scars. He performed 10 treatments on all patients. In the patient group with skin aging, 40% showed significant improvement, 22% moderate improvement and 13% some improvement - as measured by comparative skin imprints. In the patient group with old scars, 60% improved with 5-6 treatments.
Another pioneer of skin needling is Dr. Andre Camirand, a Canadian Plastic Surgeon who made a chance observation of improvement in the texture and depression of the scars of some of his facelift patients who had undergone tattooing for scar camouflage. He experimented with tattooing facelift scars without pigment, and noted immense improvement in texture, appearance, and color. He published an article on his results in JACPS in 1992.
Following to Dr. Camirand's development, Dr. Des Fernandes introduced a needling device, a small needle stamp, to induce collagen and used as a regular treatment in his surgical practice. He delivered his first paper on skin needling of the upper lips to the ISAPS congress in Taipei 1996.
You Really Can Turn Back the Hands of Time!