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Doctor Wins €10,000 Award with the help of Environ Needling Procedure

30 April 2010

Using The Environ Medical Roll-CIT and needling technique, Dr. Matthias Aust has won a special prize for a research study involving successful treatment of patients with severe burns scarring.

In recognition of his excellent work in treating severe and deep burn scars, Dr Aust, from the Department of Plastic, Hand and Reconstructive Surgery at the Medical University of Hanover, Germany, won an award of €10,000, which will be used to fund further studies.

The award made by Cicatrix, a leading German association which provides education and information to self-help associations, individuals, doctors, therapists and other institutions that are concerned with burns and scars.  The association’s aim is to encourage further research into wound healing and scar treatment to alleviate the serious physical and psychological problems experienced by patients. 

Medical needling, based on a percutaneous collagen induction procedure developed by Environ founder, plastic surgeon Dr Des Fernandes, is a growing area in aesthetic medicine, which is being offered increasingly in anti-ageing clinics.

The medical needling entry by Dr Aust met all the requirements of the award.  Rather than relying simply on before and after images, which can be questioned, Dr Aust was able to quantify and qualify his findings in the laboratory.  He demonstrated that this is the first operation in a living organism that is able to regenerate the skin, allowing healing and scar-forming without increasing the risk of pigmentation. 

The pilot study led by Dr Aust involved 16 patients evaluated percutaneous collagen induction (PCI) in post-burn scarring.  On average, patients rated their improvement as a mean of 80 per cent better than before treatment. Histological examination revealed a considerable increase in collagen and elastin deposition 12 months post-operatively. The epidermis demonstrated 45 per cent thickening of the stratum spinosum and normal rete ridges as well as the normalisation of the collagen/elastin matrix in the reticular dermis at one year postoperatively.  The study showed that medical needling appears to be a safe method for treating post-burn scarring without destroying the epidermis. The procedure can be repeated safely and is also applicable in areas where laser treatments and deep peels are of limited use.

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