The DermaClip® device is a needle-free alternative to sutures, staples and glues that is composed of two pieces of adhesive joined by a polypropylene bridge. Available in 2 sizes, regular and large, the device is quite simple in design but quite advanced as a wound closure device.
DermaClip® is applied to the approximated edges of a wound and is closed by pulling the polypropylene tabs in opposing directions until the device locks in the closed position. By pulling the device closed by the tabs, the angled faces of the polypropylene bridge encounter each other, thus lifting the wound edges. This lifting action puts the viable dermis on each side of the wound back into contact. In other words, the design is intended to create a natural eversion of the skin edges on closure – eversion being the result a skilled surgeon seeks to accomplish, as it is widely believed that wound eversion is essential for minimizing scarring because it maximizes the chance for proper epidermal approximation.