Many devices use a spring design which allows fluids to leak into the device that can’t be sterilized or even cleaned properly.
While silicone spring cartridges are an improvement over most metal spring design, some fluid still ends up leaking into the cartridge. Below you can read about how to easily test this for yourself.
Biolock™ cartridges were specifically designed to resist leaking and incorporate seven safety features to minimize risk from cross-contamination. Of course, the ultimate safety feature unique to SkinStylus® Gold systems is the ability to autoclave reprocess the nosecone.
There are quite a few micro pen, microtherapy, and micropigmentation devices being advertised on the Internet. Physicians and skincare professionals are faced with sorting what is marketing hype, what is evidence based, and what features are important to consider when selecting a professional microsystem.
The skincare professionals that developed SkinStylus® began researching and developing micro devices as well as training in 2008, several years before most micro pen system distributors jumped on the bandwagon. We analyzed the scientific research, conducted our own research, and consulted with dermatologists, estheticians, cosmetologists, nurses, physician assistants, and other skincare professionals in developing what is now the most comprehensive training available.
Since 2008, we have purchased and tested virtually every micro pen device available for sale and made in China, Japan, Germany, S. Korea, Taiwan and other countries. In our search to find a safe, reliable, versatile, and affordable system, we identified a significant issue associated with all current micro devices. Our testing revealed that every device we tested allowed fluids an/or ink to leak through the cartridge and into the device. We conducted many trials with different designs. While some designs were better than others, ALL current designs we tested leaked fluids and/or ink into the motor area of the device. Cartridges labeled as “safety” cartridges leaked too. This motor area cannot be adequately accessed and cleaned and when fluids leak into the motor area of the pen, bacteria and potential bloodborne pathogens can be trapped in the device.
Until, SkinStylus®, we could find no micro device that can be autoclave (or by other means) reprocessed without destroying the device. Even though each cartridge is disposable, this becomes a serious cross contamination issue. When a new cartridge is affixed to a contaminated pen, fluids from the current patient are able to leak and come into contact with any bacteria and residue left behind in the device. This fluid mixture can potentially be transmitted back onto the skin and could potentially be introduced into the skin of patients. As many procedures performed with a micro device may involve some blood, this presents a risk of cross-contamination.