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The History of Microneedling

Think microneedling is a “new thing” in facial cosmetic procedures? Think again!!

Let’s return to Ancient Asia, specifically China, and acupuncture. At the time, no one thought to document the first recorded use so the first proven use of acupuncture is from a book called The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, dating from 100 BC.

The original purpose of acupuncture was to open channels or conduits to allow the Qi (vital energy or life force) to flow. Nowadays, acupuncture is used to improve the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process, which is exactly what microneedling does!

The first recorded use of a microneedling procedure was in 1905 by German dermatologist Ernst Kromayer. He used various-sized dental burs (small surgical drill) powered by motor-driven flexible cord equipment to treat scars, birthmarks, and hyperpigmentation. 

Microneedling as we know it today was first used in 1995 by Dr. Desmond Fernandes in Philadelphia, to treat wrinkles and scars with hypodermic needles. Around the same time, Dr. Fernandes developed a small needle stamp to induce collagen production.

With more research, microneedling was discovered to be successful in treating other skin conditions besides scars. Capitalising on the body’s own natural healing processes, a microneedling procedure induces collagen and elastin production to help soften wrinkles and lines, smooth out the skin, and treat pigment issues and brown spots.

As I began researching both the history and today’s use of needling, it was a common theme that the use of a medical grade device has a strong correlation to the efficacy of microneedling procedures.

We believe strongly in using the body’s natural healing processes to treat your skin. Microneedling is just one of the ‘natural healing’ treatments that we offer, and we love the results!


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