Several years ago, at the AAD annual meeting , I was introduced to the concept of combining microdermabrasion and microchanneling with human growth factor serums. In the exhibit hall, I visited all of the competitive companies and looked closely at their machines. I found them all to be so poorly made that I decided to build a much better product.
Working with an expert machinist in Vermont where my dermatology practice is located, we designed and built a true piece of medical equipment for both microdermabrasion and microchanneling that is far superior to the others. We continue to manufacture all of our machines in a 46,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility in Vermont.
ProCell Manufacturing Facility
We have taken apart the majority of compeitors' tools on the market and found them to have inexpensive Mabuchi motors that are made in China and can be purchased in bulk quantities for $1.00 apiece. We decided instead to use a very high quality, more expensive motor made in Switzerland by Maxon which was designed specifically for our machine. Because we designed and built a machine that we feel is almost indestructible, we offer a lifetime warranty to all original owners.
We designed the shape of our machine to be much different than the others on the market. It fits ergonomically in the hand resulting in much less operator fatigue. By placing the motor at right angles to the back and forth direction of the tool tips, we are able to more efficiently transfer the power of the motor to the tip. This allows for fewer moving parts (which wear over time), leading to the higher rates of failure seen in other linear-style devices.
Because of our powerful motor, we are able to use much larger-sized microdermabrasion and microchanneling tips, resulting in dramatically faster treatment times. This becomes especially important when treating larger areas such as the entire face or scalp, or treating straie on the trunk and extremities. Our tips were also designed so there would be no risk of back flow of fluids causing cross contamination which has been a problem with the other “pen style” machines.
Our larger sized tips also allow for a tapping, rather than a dragging, motion which creates a nice vertical pattern of micro-channels in the skin. Dragging a pen across the skin is the only way smaller tips can treat larger areas more quickly, but it creates a “cat scratch” effect that has been nicely demonstrated in clay models.
To make certain our solutions are safe for introducing into the skin through the micro-channels our device creates, we collaborated with a California company to create a very pure growth factor serum derived from human mesenchymal stem cells harvested from bone marrow from young male donors. We believe our serums to be the best in the world due to the high levels of anti-inflammatory cytokines.
Acne scarring patient treated in my office and recently featured on the “Today Show”.
Mitchell Schwartz, MD