What is Microdermabrasion?
It is a quick, safe, effective form of exfoliation for all skin types and colours with no downtime and no pain or discomfort. It has been available in Europe since the late 1980's. It uses a diamond-tipped applicator with a slight suction to remove dead or damaged skin cells. Skin will appear softer, smoother, brighter, clearer, fresher and younger looking. Microdermabrasion is NOT the same as dermabrasion. Dermabrasion is a much more aggressive procedure, whereas microdermabrasion is much more gentle.
Who can benefit from Microdermabrasion? Everyone - men and women of any skin type or colour. Skin that is aging, congested, flaky, dry, devitalized, thickened, blemished, dull and sun damaged can be rejuvenated and refreshed. Blotchiness, uneven skin tones and texture will also be improved. Even normal skin can be made to look fresher with a warm glow.
What areas can be treated?
The most common areas that are treated are the face and neck. In addition we can treat the chest, shoulders, back, hands, knees and elbows. Any body area can be treated.
Why does the skin benefit from Microdermabrasion?
Approximately every 28 days we create a new layer of skin. As new cells form they push their way to the surface and then dead cells settle on the surface. This can cause enlarged pores, clogged pores, a bumpy uneven texture, and a dull appearance. As we age this process slows down leading to the appearance of older skin with less radiance.
How does it work?
Microdermabrasion is a gentle exfoliation that is performed with a diamond-encrusted applicator tip. The tip passes over the skins surface, and creates a gentle vacuum. The diamond tip gently exfoliates approximately 20-25 microns of dead skin cells of the outermost layer (stratum corneum). Once removed, it reveals one's own fresher, younger looking skin beneath. One Microdermabrasion is equal to three 30% glycolic peel. The actual treatment usually takes 30-40 minutes, depending on the body area.
What are the side effects?
One may experience a slight tingling, and afterward the skin may feel tighter, as if exposed to the wind or sun.
The skin may appear slightly flushed and this generally fades in 12-24 hours.
If you suffer with cold sores, you should be cold sore free prior to a treatment to avoid the risk of them spreading. You need to discuss with the technician if you have any of these conditions: rosacea, dermatitis, skin cancers, easy bruising, Hepatitis C, AIDS, or are on blood thinners or Accutane. If you use Retin A products or any skin care products that irritate the skin you should stop them for at least 2-3 days before and do not restart until 2-3 days after a treatment. Even though there is no danger if you are pregnant, we do not treat pregnant women. There is no danger if you are nursing.
For One week before and after your treatment please STOP using the following treatments and products:
- Electrolysis, waxing, depilatories, masks, other Glycolic or Lactic Treatments or Dermabrasion.
- Hair dyes, permanent wave or straightening treatments.
- Tretinoin (Vitamin A Acid creams) and Glycolic Acids.
- Loofa or other types of sponges.
Be sure to inform your doctor of:
- History of sensitive skin, eczema, lupus or other autoimmune disease.
- Current medications.
- History of sun sensitivity.
- If you are planning to have Injections, laser hair removal, it is recommended to have those 24 hours apart from a Microdermabrasion.
What is the greatest advantage of microdermabrasion?
Probably the single biggest advantage that microdermabrasion has over alternative skin treatments is that a microdermabrasion patient can return to normal daily activities after receiving the treatment.
Many other skin treatments used for the same skin conditions involve post-treatment swelling and require days off work.
This makes microdermabrasion an ideal treatment for people wanting improved skin without disrupting their daily life over it.