DermaFrac™ is a unique new microneedling system which creates precisely calibrated micro-channels into the skin while simultaneously infusing active topical agents. The depth of the sterile needles is designed to create micro-channels which penetrate just below the outer layers of the skin but just above the capillaries and nerve endings. The result is a skin rejuvenation procedure that has no bleeding and typically no pain while enabling enhanced infusion of the topically applied agents. Some transient redness may occur and this corresponds with the intensity of the treatment, but typically DermaFrac is a no down-time procedure.
DermaFrac utilizes vacuum to maintain tension on the skin so that the microneedles penetrate to uniform and proper depth. The micro-channels that the DermaFrac creates provide pathways for the various active solutions – which are pulled across the skin by the vacuum just as the microneedles pass over the skin thus ensuring optimal infusion. The active ingredients are delivered from special cartridges that are loaded in the microneedling handpiece. A choice of solutions are available which infuse anti-aging peptides, skin pigment lighteners, hyaluronic HA moisturizers, acne therapy solutions and more which have been designed to take advantage of the microchannels and which help to rejuvenate the skin in a gentle but effective manner.
Dr. McDaniel and his team are consultant/researchers for DermaFrac and we are very pleased with this technology.
Will I need time to recuperate?
No. You may return to your normal activities immediately following the procedure. If you so desire, you may reapply your makeup immediately after the procedure. You may experience some slightly red areas, which should fade quickly. The degree of redness is somewhat related to the intensity of the procedure and also your skin’s own sensitivity.
Can DermaFrac™ harm any underlying tissues?
This is a shallow depth treatment and is safe and effective for many skin types and conditions.
How many DermaFrac treatments are typically needed?
This varies depending on the skin condition being treated as well as the severity, but typically 4- 6 treatments are advised and usually at about two week intervals, however, a treatment regimen will be tailored to your particular skin condition and lifestyle and budget during your consultation. Also we may combine treatments such as LED and sometimes alternate treatments with other modalities such as microdermabrasion,etc.
Does DermaFrac improve sun spots or uneven skin pigmentation?
Yes, It can be very effective in removing unwanted pigmentation, sun damage and uneven skin color and tone in some cases and it is typically used as part of a comprehensive treatment program including broad spectrum SPF and home use pigment lightening agents.
Does it help acne?
Yes for certain types of acne it may be beneficial and be a useful part of a treatment program.
Does it soften acne scars?
Some scars may respond to DermaFrac™ and the response varies based on several factors such as the age of the scar, depth of the scar tissue, individual skin types, location and the care given to the area between treatments. Deeper scars are better treated with fractional lasers.
Can it help improve the appearance of stretch marks?
Fractional laser skin resurfacing when available is typically the best treatment for older stretch marks and the pulsed dye laser for newer red stretch marks. DermaFrac and microdermabrasion alone or in combination with some topical agents such as prescription Retin A and/or AHA fruit acids can be helpful in some cases – especially for more superficial stretch marks.
Does it work on wrinkles?
Superficial fine lines and wrinkles may be reduced using DermaFrac™. Deep wrinkles or dynamic lines may be softened somewhat, but cannot be completely resolved and are typically better treated with fillers, neuromodulators or laser skin resurfacing.
Can this replace laser treatment?
DermaFrac therapy may be recommended following laser to help maintain results and resolve resulting hyperpigmentation and may be an option for early or mild acne scarring or fine lines and it has other roles as well, but it is not a substitute for laser treatment.