Microdermabrasion is non-invasive and painless. It uses a diamond-tipped applicator with a slight suction to remove dead or damaged skin cells. The skin is thereby treated to a deep, mechanical exfoliation that gently resurfaces the outer layers of the skin, removing damaged cells and stimulating the skin’s natural cell regenerating process. The vacuum used in microdermabrasion stimulates collagen and elastin. The result is a healthy, natural, smooth and youthful skin. It’s also pregnancy safe. Here’s a Q & A, answering the most typical questions our clients ask about this treatment.
Q: What sort of skin conditions can a microdermabrasion facial treat?
This treatment promotes healthy skin within a matter of weeks. It can treat:
- Fine Lines & Wrinkles
- Pigmented Irregularities
- Age Spots
- Enlarged Pores
- Acne and Acne Scars
- Sun Damaged Complexion
- Open and Closed Comedones
- Coarsely Textured Skin
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. Skin will appear softer, smoother, brighter, clearer, fresher and younger looking.
Q: How often should I go to a microdermabrasion facial?
Microdermabrasion requires a series of treatments. While results are achieved with a single treatment, it is an unrealistic to expect significant results from a single treatment. Cumulative results can be significant with as little as 6 treatments repeated two to three weeks apart. Monthly maintenance treatments are recommended.
Q: 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.
Q: Are there any side effects from the treatment?
Since we are only treating the outer layer, called the stratum corneum, serious side effects is not a problem. Non-invasive and non-wounding to the skin’s surface, microdermabrasion has no discomfort, down time or recovery. Patients typically experience some redness for about an hour after the procedure. Healing time for most is a few days.
Q: What can I expect after my first treatment?
Though microdermabrasion requires a series of treatments, you can see a visible improvement in the treated skin after the first treatment. Some patients experience a tightness and redness of the skin, comparing it to the feeling of mild sunburn. To restore moisture that is lost during microdermabrasion, we recommend proper moisturiser for daily use.
Q: Anything I should be cautious about?
You need to let us know 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.
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 beauty therapist of any allergies, a history of sensitive skin, eczema, lupus or other autoimmune disease, your current medications and any history of sun sensitivity.
Healthy, fresh, smooth and youthful skin? Yes, please!