Often the best innovations come from professionals who recognize a need or an opportunity to improve their existing tools. In the case of the CuraCator, inspiration came from a relatively new procedure—the use of topical platelet-rich plasma (PRP). Developed by board-certified dermatologist Janine Hopkins, MD, the CuraCator is a small disc-shaped device that affixes to a luer-lock syringe to help control the application of topical PRP. The idea for the device came during Dr. Hopkins’ first experience applying PRP post-laser skin resurfacing about six years ago.
“I was using the PRP that was in the syringe and, because syringes are not meant to be open, I was dripping this onto my patient’s skin from the needle,” she says. “Unfortunately, the patient moved, and I almost got pricked by the needle. I realized this was dangerous. PRP is a blood-borne particle, so we need to be very careful that we don’t get stuck by the needle and expose ourselves to an infectious disease.”
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Inga Hansen is the managing editor of MedEsthetics.