- Procedure Time 30-60mins
- Full Recovery 24-72 hours
- Duration of Results Long-term
- Back To Work Time Next day
- Sensitivity Period 72 hours
- Anaesthetic Topical cream
- Risks & Complications Bleeding, bruising, swelling
Half Face eg. cheeks or less – £150/treatment or Course of 3 Treatments for £395 (Saving £55)
Whole Face – £275/treatment or Course of 3 Treatments for £725 (Saving £100)
2 products are required to use before and during treatment recovery.
For Dr Patel to perform – prices on consultation.
After treatment you will look as though you have moderate sunburn and your skinmay feel warmer and tighter than usual. This is normal and should subside after 1 to 2 hours, and will normally recover the same day or within 24 hours. Any undesirable post treatment reddening or discomfort can be controlled with Tebiskin® Sooth or Sensicure® which rapidly reduces redness and irritation.
To speed up recovery times and achieve better results we recommend a skin care regimen to go withyour treatment. In particular, Dr Patel advises use of Tebiskin EGF and HYAL (epidermal growth factor) pre and post treatment, to stimulate new fibroblast development and supply collagen and elastin raw materials.
This will enhance new fibre development and increase replacement ofthe old collagen and elastin matrix. Other cytoceutical products (work at a cellular level) may be advised depending on the target condition and your skin type.
What are its advantages over other approaches such as Needling Rollers?
Automated Derma FNS™ is much safer and more effective in piercing the skin than Needling Rollers. It has a superior effect on collagen and elastin rejuvenation. Active ingredients are directly supplied to deeper layers of the skin without epidermal damage.
Derma FNS™ uses a multi-speed piercing action allowing the needles to puncture the skin layers at 90 degrees and increases the effectiveness of treatments by increasing absorption of products. On the other hand, it reduces pain and patient downtime.
The vertical caused holes from the Derma FNS™ close quicker and are
narrower in diameter without the rolling entry and exit v shaped holes caused by
rollers. This means less trauma but better results and faster recovery with
Derma FNS is as effective as ablative laser treatments, such as Fraxel, IPL, laser resurfacing.
- Minimised epidermal damage means less pain and erythema
- Easy to manoeuvre around all facial contours with the benefit of adjustable needle heights – this means the Derma FNS™ canreach areas that the dermal rollers can not, such as around the nose and mouth
- Because of vertical delivery, needles easily penetrate scar tissue without risk of bending
- Create multiple insertions quickly
- Better results – greater number of insertions
- Speed much faster, thousands of holes in seconds
- Shorter treatment times – can cut treatment time in half
- Adjustable needle depth with one needle head
- Less pain & faster recovery time than dermal rollers
- Easy to treat under the eyes, side of the nose and across the top lip
- Minimal side effects
- No cross infection – disposable needles
- Treats many skin issues
Some disadvantages of dermal rollers
• More painful with a lot more bleeding due to epidermal damage caused by flick
and tear action
• Difficult to use in small or curved areas
• Difficult to insert needles into scar tissue – needles can be bent
• No needle height adjustment for areas such as eyes and lips
Can you explain the process of remodeling a little more?
Advanced Skin Needle Remodelling:
Fractional lasers create vertical channels into the skin maintaining the integrity of the skin surface, but
stimulating dermal processes leading to skin tightening and remodelling.
Derma FNS™ uses multiple needles that vertically pierce the skin to create similar vertical channels which are designed to achieve the same effect, with minimal epidermal damage. It is thought that it is the greater density of channels that leads to enhanced results over dermal rollers.
Derma FNS™ uses vertical insertions to create thousands of tiny holes in the skin causing the release of serum growth factors which stimulate the breakdown of old fibrous collagen and stimulate new collagen and elastin development.
How does the Derma FNS work?
The concept of skin needling is based on the skin’s ability to repair itself whenever it encounters physical damage such as cuts, burns and other abrasions. Immediately after an injury occurs, our skin naturally replaces old damaged tissue with new matter. Skin needling allows for controlled induction of the skin’s self-repair mechanism by creating micro ‘injuries’ in the skin which triggers new collagen synthesis, yet does not pose the risk of permanent scarring. The result is smoother, firmer and younger-looking skin. With correct use of Derma FNS, combined with the knowledge of our skilled experts here at Perfect Skin Solutions, we will optimise this process to improve results and minimise complications and discomfort.
How many treatments are advised?
This will vary depending on the starting state of your skin. 1-2 treatments may be sufficient if you are looking for simple skin rejuvenation but for scar treatment, you may need more sessions. At your consultation with one of our trained Aesthetic Therapists, you will be given a clearer idea of how many sessions you are likely to require to achieve your desired result.
How often can I have the treatments?
There is a minimum 2 months waiting time in between each treatment. We want your skin to get the full benefits from one treatment before performing the next session; the collagen repair cycle takes many weeks. When discussing your customised treatment plan, we will take into consideration your age, skin type and skin condition.
Does a Derma FNS treatment hurt?
Most patients describe experiencing a tickling or stroking sensation during the treatment. Despite reaching a depth of up to 2mm, the reason for such a positive comfort factor is the advanced German-engineered design of this micro-needling system. The spring mechanism means that even as the pen glides over your skin, there is rarely a sensation scratching. This results in a very positive patient experience. Your skin will also have been numbed with local anaesthetic cream for at least 15 minutes prior to the procedure.
How is the treatment administered?
Skin needling procedures are performed in a safe and precise manner with the use of a sterile Derma FNS needle head. The procedure is normally completed within 15-30 minutes depending on the required treatment and anatomical site.
Before the procedure commences, a topical anaesthetic is applied to your skin to ensure you have a comfortable experience. After your skin is numbed, the Therapist will gently move the Derma FNS over your skin to create micro-holes in your skin. These microscopic wounds stimulate new collagen deposition and skin remodelling.
What will my skin look like after treatment?
After the procedure, your skin will be red and flushed in appearance in a similar way to moderate sunburn. You may also experience skin tightness and mild sensitivity to touch over the treatment area. This will diminish greatly after a few hours following treatment and most patients’ skin appears normal by the next morning. If we need to perform a deeper treatment e.g. for significant scarring, you may see some crusting in the relevant areas and prolonged redness. This generally heals within a few days but rarely may take longer.
How quickly are results visible?
You should notice a visible improvement in your skin within just 6-8 weeks; with further improvement over a longer period of time. Ongoing treatments will help to achieve optimum results, however, just one treatment will provide noticeable results in over 95% of patients. We would encourage you to couple these treatments with home care products that are prescribed by your practitioner. This will encourage better results and faster healing.
Is the Derma FNS safe?
Yes. Skin needling does not involve injections and therefore allergic reactions and side-effects are unlikely to occur. It is minimally invasive, involves minimal downtime (usually <24hrs), rapid healing and requires simple after-care. This specific model is used by Professor Chou; a world-renowned scar management expert.
Can the Derma FNS successfully treat acne scars?
We have incredible Testimonials from patients who rave about the results they have personally experienced on deep acne scarring. However, we wish to set appropriate expectations for our patients. You should never imagine a scar will completely disappear. We are aiming for scar reduction rather than removal.
Can the Derma FNS treat surgery scars?
Derma FNS has proven to be effective in all manner of acne pitting and scarring, burn scars, injury scars and surgical scars. Ice pick scars following years of acne are managed by combining the Derma FNS with the TCA CROSS technique. (See FAQ on this technique)
What are the contraindications of skin needling treatments?
Contraindications and precautions include; keloid history or raised scarring; history of eczema, psoriasis and other chronic conditions; history of actinic (solar) keratosis; history of Herpes Simplex infections; history of diabetes; the presence of raised moles, warts or any raised lesions on a targeted area. Absolute contraindications include; scleroderma, collagen vascular diseases or cardiac abnormalities; Rosacea and Blood clotting problems; active bacterial or fungal infection; immuno-suppression.
Can you receive a Derma FNS treatment if pregnant?
As we are a doctor-led clinic, at our doctor’s discretion, we can administer treatment if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Can the Derma FNS be carried out on African or Asian skin?
Skin needling can be safely performed on all skin colours and types. There is a negligible risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation as the melanocytes remain intact, like the epidermis, during skin needling.
What topical treatments can be used along with the Derma FNS?
The Derma FNS will induce collagen synthesis on its own, but skin remodelling is significantly enhanced by combining skin needling treatments with the topical application of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid stimulating products such as Tebiskin EGF and Hyal.
What are the indications for having a Derma FNS treatment?
Here at Perfect Skin Solutions, we tend to move towards the Derma FNS mainly for indented acne scars or chicken pox scars alongside a 2-week prep regime at home using Tebiskin EGF and HYAL. These products should be continued throughout your course.
We also have a multi-layer platform called the Harmony XL Pro which can be used in conjunction with the Derma FNS. We have seen some great results with combining iPixel resurfacing and Derma FNS. Skin needling is also especially effective for ageing concerns such as wrinkles, lines, folds and crow’s feet. Because collagen is produced, stretch marks can also improve from treatments and especially indented acne scars or chicken pox scars. Pigmentation issues can be helped including hyperpigmentation as well as Hypo-pigmentation, although pre-treatment assessment and preparation is essential. Dull or lax skin is also an indication for skin needling treatments and visible improvements can be seen after just one treatment.
How are the needles sterilised?
Each needle tip comes in sterile packaging to avoid cross-contamination and infection. They are for single-use only.
What is the TCA CROSS technique?
We have adopted one of our scar management protocols directly from one of the world’s foremost authorities on acne and scar treatment, Professor Chou. Although most types of scars respond very well to the DermaFNS device alone, certain scars will need more. With box scars and ice-pick scars, we employ DermaFNS combined with an EnerPeel® TCA CROSS (Chemical Reconstruction Of Skin Scars). The 40% TCA in an Enerpeel carrier solution is delivered into the scar ‘hole’ and causes the scar to scab over and the ‘hole’ fills with scar tissue. The scar tissue can then be revised using dermal needling. (See also Chemical Peel FAQ on how Enerpeels work). Needling the skin just prior to the TCA CROSS initiates skin matrix degradation and rebuilding and then only needling is repeated after four to six weeks.
Scars which are tethered or depressed (due to being held down by adhesions or ‘tethers’) will not respond without releasing the scar tissue from its ‘tethers’ allowing the skin to lift and flatten. Thus, subcision is the standard practice before needling these scars and delivers excellent results. See separate FAQ on this.