The Dermastamp is quite a simple device involving a plastic handle and plastic stamp on the end with several hundred micro needles projecting from the end. The dermastamp differs from the dermaroller in that it does not have the rolling mechanism which automatically inserts the needles as you roll across the skin. Instead the dermastamp is simply ‘stamped straight down perpendicularly onto the skin to insert the needles. How did the dermastamp develop?
The earliest use of devices similar to the dermastamp was in ancient China where devices called 7 star needles or plum blossom needles were used largely for aesthetic purposes such as the dermastamp is used for today. These have been refined in recent decades by the improved technology of microneedles which has allowed the attachment and use of far smaller needles which cause less macro trauma to the surface of the skin while still stimulating collagen production to produce results.
The first rather simple example of a more modern dermastamp was by Dr Fernandes in 1996 (1). Since this time the dermastamp has generally been forgotten in a rush of positive scientific data about the dermaroller but the dermastamp does have a couple of distinct advantages for certain treatments over the dermaroller.
- Fernandes D. Upper lip line treatment. Paper presented at the ISAPS Conference. Taipei, Taiwan, October 1996.