Microneedling also known as collagen induction therapy, is a skin treatment in which tiny needles penetrate the skin in order to create superficial wounds that stimulate the production of collagen and other growth factors. By stimulating collagen growth with microneedling, the newly formed tissue gets replaced with stronger collagen and elastin, and the dermis contracts to create more youthful and firm skin
Microneedling has been around for decades and has been advancing with the times, despite its beginnings. Understanding the history of Microneedling will help you better understand the science behind collagen induction therapy.
Micro needling treatments goes as far back as 1905. A German dermatologist named Kromayer first reported controlled resurfacing abrasion of the skin and his technique involved the use of rotating wheels and rasps, which were used to treat acne scars, keratoses and areas of hyperpigmentation
Medical tattooists then discovered that after repetitive sessions of tattooing patients with skin-colored ink, alerted them that it was not the pigment that caused the reduction in scar tissue, but the needles themselves. Although this was not the intention of medical tattooing it shed light on skin rejuvenation, which then opened the door for further medical exploration.
In 1996, Canadian Plastic Surgeon Dr. Andre Camirand discovered that puncturing the skin with tattoo needles vastly improved the facial scar texture and broke down scar collagen. Patients’ scars had improved immensely in texture appearance and overall color.
The same year, Dr. Des Fernandes a plastic surgeon, then introduced his own needling device, which consisted of a small needle stamp as well as a dermaroller that was used regularly in his surgical practice to stimulate collagen production.
Dr. Fernandes pioneered skin needling techniques which have eventually become internationally recognized as the safest, most effective way of treating lax skin, wrinkles, scars and stretch marks. His technique still stands today using needles to finely puncture the skin and induce natural collagen production..
In conclusion the common response by patients after the initial treatment is that their skin has a “glow” and that fine lines are diminished.