Dermal pinning explained

October 30, 2014

Dermal pinning is a technique that goes by many different propriety names, including dermal poration and dermal needling. It is essentially the use of a roller device with many small needles that is pressed and rolled over the skin. It can be used with or without electricity.

Q. What is the new spa technology of dermal pinning?

A. Dermal pinning is a technique that goes by many different propriety names, including dermal poration and dermal needling. It is essentially the use of a roller device with many small needles that is pressed and rolled over the skin. It can be used with or without electricity.

The spa first paints the face with a solution that is then literally injected into the skin as the needles are pushed over the face. The length of the needles and the pressure used to administer the treatment determines the depth of the injection. Hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and retinol solutions are commonly used. Not only is the solution intended to improve skin appearance, but also the injury created by the needles is intended to spur collagen regeneration. The addition of electricity is said to create an iontophoresis of sorts that further aids in the ability of the skin solution to aid in skin repair. These skin solutions and the dermal pinning procedure are considered cosmetic skin treatments.

Certainly any needle that enters the skin must meet medical standards for sterilization. The heads for these devices are disposable such that one head is used per client. It is important to advise patients to carefully select salons where this procedure is being performed for cleanliness and equipment sterilization. Certainly, a variety of diseases such as MRSA (methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus), herpes and human papilloma virus infections could be transmitted by contaminated equipment. Keep this procedure in mind when adult patients present with a face full of flat warts.

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