Last updated February 2022

What is Dermafrac?

DermaFrac is a dermal micro-needling (skin needling) machine that offers simultaneous delivery of infused ingredients. As the highly potent solutions penetrate the skin, it makes the treatment a quick, pain-free and effective treatment with no downtime.

DermaFrac treatment is effective and safe for many skin types and can improve skin conditions like:

  • Acne scarring
  • Skin dehydration 
  • Superficial wrinkles and fine lines
  • Uneven skin tone, sun damaged skin and pigmentation

The DermaFrac machine takes micro-needling to a whole new level.





How does DermaFrac work?

By combining precisely calibrated needle penetration and unprecedented infusion capability, DermaFrac creates micro channels to the dermal junction while simultaneously infusing topical serums to this all-important tissue layer. The DermaFrac system uses a unique combination of technologies to enable an improved micro-needling procedure along with immediate infusion of a powerful active serum.

The precision-controlled DermaFrac hand piece pulls the skin under vacuum into contact with hundreds of micro-needles that painlessly penetrate through the epidermis and into the upper dermis (the papillary layer). The vacuum permits an all-important even penetration to the full depth of the needle and can be adjusted to make the treatment deeper.

DermaFrac micro-needles create pathways for introducing the infusion serum into the skin.

Dermafrac skin exfoliation process reveals the new, living skin cells that are soft, smooth & receptive to nutrients. This procedure will also stimulate new collagen and elastin production thus improving fine lines and texture.

The depth of needles on the DermaFrac hand piece has been carefully selected so that the channels are created just below the dermal-epidermal junction and just above capillaries and nerve endings. This ensures no bleeding or pain.

DermaFrac treatment is ideal for many skin types and skin concerns. Dermafrac is best done every 4-6 weeks for a series of 4 treatments based on the condition and concern of the skin. Dermafrac is also a great treatment to do 1-2 weeks prior to any major event to freshen up and rejuvenate the skin. Every clients’ skin goals are different, therefore results may vary.

What is DermaFrac good for?

DermaFrac improves the appearance of:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Ageing skin
  • UV damage
  • Sun damage and pigmentation
  • Enlarged pores
  • Skin’s strength
  • Oily congested skin
  • Poor skin density
  • Dull, tired looking skin
  • Dry and dehydrated skin
  • Acne scarring

What does the DermaFrac treatment include?

The DermaFrac treatment includes:

Double Cleanse and Microdermabrasion

To cleanse the skin and prepare it for the next step. This is followed by a mild microdermabrasion.

Fruit Enzyme Mask

A fruit enzyme mask is performed to ensure the skin is free and clean of any debris. 

DermaFrac Treatment

This is tailored to suit the individual’s skin. Either 0.25mm for a light and refreshing serum infusion or 0.5mm for a more intensive treatment. The serum infusion is selected after a discussion with your Skin Therapist about your skin concerns and aesthetic goals.

What serums are available with the DermaFrac?

There are four different serums available for DermaFrac treatments:


The Clarify solution features two key active ingredients: Salicylic acid and Lactic acid. Salicylic acid opens clogged pores and neutralises bacteria within the pores. It reduces pore congestion and breakouts on skin. Lactic acid, is part of the Alpha Hydroxy Acid family, and exfoliates the outer layer of skin and increases collagen production to minimise fine lines and wrinkles, and reduces blackheads and whiteheads. The Clarify solution is ideal for acne, acne scarring and problematic skin types. It helps to visibly reduce acne, improve the appearance of pores, reduce redness and reduce acne scars. Check out this guide for more information on how to combat acne scarring.


The Hydrate solution uses Hyaluronic acid with a patented technology called HylaSponge to form a fully hydrated layer that helps guarantee that hydration is delivered into deeper layers of skin. It also delivers intense hydration to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The Hydrate solution is ideal for dry or dehydrated skin types, and results in immediate skin firmness. For more information, read more on the benefits of Hyaluronic acid.


The Rejuvenate solution has five active ingredients that stimulate fibroblast and collagen production in the skin. They also help relax muscles to prevent wrinkling from repeated muscle movement. The Rejuvenate solution is ideal for sun damaged skin, general ageing concerns, wrinkles and fine lines. It also helps visibly reduce the appearance of dark eye bags, reduce pigmentation and improves skin tone. For more information, check out our guide on treating pigmentation.


The Lighten solution utilises Kojic acid to lighten skin by suppressing melanocyte activity and pigmentation. It also has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. It is ideal for people with pigmentation and skin discolouration concerns. It also helps visibly reduce pigmentation and improves skin tone and skin clarity.

Who is a suitable candidate for DermaFrac treatment?

Some very sensitive skin types may not be able to tolerate the components of DermaFrac treatment, and an alternative treatment may be recommended for you. 

Having a consultation with one of our Skin Therapists can determine whether you are a suitable candidate for DermaFrac treatment. During your consultation, the Skin Therapist will discuss your treatment goals and any skin sensitivities you may experience, and tailor a treatment plan to target your concerns.

Who is not a suitable candidate for DermaFrac?

DermaFrac treatment is not recommended for those who have:

  • Severe, active acne
  • Broken, inflamed skin
  • Taken Roaccutane or other acne medications, in the past 6 months
  • Epilepsy
  • Dermatitis or fungal infections
  • HIV/Hepatitis
  • High doses of blood thinning medication
  • Cold sores
  • Skin cancer or suspected skin cancer

What to expect in your consultation

A thorough consultation, initial photographs to track your progress and facial cleanse.

Your consultation assesses your skin including a complete history and current product regime review.

Your face will be cleansed for deep analysis of your skin using touch, natural light assessment and using a wood lamp or skin scope to reveal conditions hidden to the naked eye.

The categories of your skin assessment include, but are not limited to, texture, tone, pores, pigmentation, oiliness, breakouts, acne, congestion, dryness, redness, ageing, volume, thickened skin, dehydration, dark spots, sun damage and more.

Your therapist will identify your concerns and causes. They will tailor an individual skin care plan to suit your needs which can include at home skin treatment regimes, in clinic treatment plans and pricing breakdowns in a take home quote.

How to prepare for DermaFrac

A Skin Therapist will discuss how to prepare for DermaFrac treatment during your consultation. It is recommended to avoid using any exfoliating products or active ingredient skincare products, 3 days prior the treatment. This includes avoiding products that have Retinol, Lactic acid, Salicylic acid and Glycolic acid. Our Skin Therapists can confirm whether there are any products that you should avoid. It is also recommended to use sun protection daily and avoid prolonged sun exposure.

What to expect during DermaFrac treatment 

During the treatment you will remain comfortable. The microdermabrasion and fruit enzyme mask is painless, but you will experience a light tugging sensation on the skin. The DermaFrac portion will vary from person to person based on the tolerance, the needle depth and serum selected. A slight scratching sensation can be felt particularly over sensitive areas which may feel like a pulling sensation with a slight scratch. 

Once the treatment is over, there can be a warmth felt to the skin for up to 24 hours accompanied by some redness that will gradually fade over 12 to 24 hours. Dry skin and flaking is possible for up to 4-5 days post treatment with the skin to be fully healed with a fresh glow by 7 days. After this period you may resume any active skincare such as Vitamin A, AHA’s and BHA’s. Strict sun avoidance is a must to protect the new skin from damage and possible adverse reactions.

DermaFrac treatment aftercare

After DermaFrac treatment, it’s important to continue using sun protection everyday and avoid prolonged sun exposure. We recommend using the Dermaceutic K Ceutic SPF50, which  is ideal for post-treatment use, hydrates and repairs the skin. We also recommend avoiding the use of exfoliating products 3 days post-treatment, to allow the skin to heal.

For best results, we recommend following a skincare routine alongside your treatments. Your Skin Therapist can help tailor a routine to suit your needs. Consider adding a hydrating serum, like the Cosmedix Surge Hyaluronic Acid Booster, to boost the skin’s moisture levels. A hydrating moisturiser can also help soothe the skin, we recommend the Aspect Soothing Gel.

When can I expect to see results?

DermaFrac produces immediate results. Over time, the treatment continues to stimulate collagen production and your results will continually improve.

How long do the results last?

DermaFrac treatment can provide instant and long term benefits. 

For best results, it is recommended to do 6 to 8 treatments, every 4 – 6 weeks based on the condition and concern of the skin. DermaFrac is also a great treatment to do 1-2 weeks prior to any major event to freshen up and rejuvenate the skin.

What are the risks of DermaFrac treatment?

There are minimal risks involved with DermaFrac treatment. It is common to experience some redness after the treatment. Other side effects of DermaFrac treatment are rare, and your Skin Therapist will discuss them with you during your consultation.

Dermafrac vs Microneedling

There are a few key differences between DermaFrac and Microneedling. 


  • Precision controlled handpiece uses vacuum to pull the skin into contact with hundreds of micro-needles
  • Micro-needles infuse targeted serums directly into the epidermis
  • Two depths of micro-needle handpieces are available to create pathways for the infusion of serums into the skin
  • Minimal redness experienced post treatment usually subsides quickly


  • Uses a hand-held device, with a stamping action on the skin
  • Targets similar concerns to DermaFrac, however does not infuse serums into the skin
  • Can feel uncomfortable, and may exacerbate more skin redness, which subsides within 24-48 hours
  • Skin can appear drier post-treatment

Both treatments are ideal for rejuvenating the skin. DermaFrac is a good starting point and complements Microneedling.


How much does DermaFrac treatment cost?

The cost of DermaFrac treatment will depend on the treatment area and treatment plan. 

For current DermaFrac treatment pricing, click here.


Does DermaFrac require any downtime?

DermaFrac has very little downtime, most patients are able to immediately resume regular activities. There may be a slight feeling of redness and warmth, which typically subsides after a few hours. 


Is DermaFrac pregnancy safe?

Dermafrac is generally not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women.


How many treatments will I need?

It is best done every 4-6 weeks for a series of 6 to 8 treatments based on the condition and concern of the skin. It can also be used 1 week before a social event to add a healthy glow to your skin. Customised treatment plans cater to different needs and specific concerns. Once the treatment plan has concluded, it is recommended to make regular touch up appointments for best results. Your Skin Therapist will discuss what is suitable for your skin concerns and aesthetic goals.


Is DermaFrac painful?

The microdermabrasion may feel abrasive on the skin, however, the DermaFrac micro-needling procedure is comfortable. It is common to experience skin sensitivity and dryness for a few days after the treatment. For more information on how to hydrate your skin after the procedure.


Can DermaFrac be combined with other treatments?

DermaFrac can be a stand-alone treatment, or combined with other treatments to meet your aesthetic goals. DermaFrac can be combined with LED Therapy, Anti Wrinkle Injections, Dermal Fillers or Facial Peels. A personalised treatment plan can be created after a consultation with one of our Skin Therapists.


Why choose the Victorian Cosmetic Institute as your provider of DermaFrac treatment?

Our friendly team of Skin Therapists are highly trained to perform DermaFrac treatment and assist you with other skin concerns. We have access to a large range of technologies and products to deliver you the results your skin needs. Our Skin Therapists can also create a personalised treatment plan to help you achieve your aesthetic outcome.

To book a skin consultation and begin your skin journey with Victorian Cosmetic Institute, simply book online, or call our Customer Care team on 1300 863 824.