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What is microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is an esthetic procedure in which the skin is exfoliated mechanically. Using a hand-held device, the nurse or aesthetician removes dead and flaking skin cells from the outermost layer of the skin, while at the same time, using adjustable suction control to stimulate the rebuilding of collagen and elastin. This method of abrasion was originally adapted for its medical use by physicians in Europe to treat skin irregularities. "Dermabrasion" is very traumatic to the skin, requires anesthesia and has a lengthy healing time. Microdermabrasion is the latest cell renewal and collagen re-growth technique available.
What are the advantages of microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a great alternative to chemical peels. Not all skin types are able to tolerate glycolics and other peels. The results are more predictable with microdermabrasion and can be accomplished in gradual stages with no down time or redness. Microdermabrasion is also a good place to start when an individual is not ready to invest downtime and/or money for laser skin resurfacing. A single microdermabrasion treatment may remove as much stratum corneum (the top layer of skin) as three glycolic peels. Also your nurse or esthetician is able to target trouble areas for more intense treatments. This procedure offers no down time, no discomfort, no side effects and no recovery time. Your skin will feel vibrant and healthy and you will notice an immediate difference in your softer, smoother skin.
How soon will I see some improvement?
You can feel a difference in your skin after the very first treatment but most people require 2 - 3 treatments before they actually see a difference.
Are there any side effects?
Microdermabrasion is one of the safest rejuvenation procedures available today. Other than possibly feeling like you have a mild sunburn or a slight tingle, there should not be any side effects. A small percentage of people experience a burning sensation if they immediately do any activities that raise their blood pressure. (For example, going to the gym directly after their treatment) but the majority of people feel relaxed and rested after the procedure.
How often should I do microdermabrasion?
Depending on the skin type and condition we will recommend a treatment regime designed to give you optimum results quickly. The intervals between treatments are usually once a week for three weeks, once every two weeks for three weeks, and then every 8-12 weeks for maintenance.
What areas of the body will benefit?
Almost any area. Typical treatment areas include the face, neck, décolleté, hands and feet, arms and legs and the back.
What can be expected following a treament?
Immediately following treatment, skin will feel satiny smooth to the touch. In fact, many have microdermabrasion treatments the same day as a big event. The skin simply glows and looks firm and smooth.
What conditions will it improve?
- diminish fine lines
- reduce the look of superficial wrinkles
- improves acne
- improves superficial acne scarring
- correct sun damage
- smooth skin texture
- helps remove thickened skin areas
- reduces the appearance of large pores
- unclogs oil build-up to improve blackheads
- reduces hyperpigmentation (brown spots)
- restore the skin's natural glow
Who can have this treatment?
The best candidates are men and women who are in good health, have good skin tone and have realistic expectations. The treatment is ideal for people who have sensitive skin that reacts to chemicals or those with oily, acne-prone skin that is not improved by acne remedies. Microdermabrasion can be performed on all skin colors and types.
What conditions cannot be treated?
- Undiagnosed lesions
- Recent herpes outbreaks (coldsores)
- Active, weeping acne
- Active Rosacea
- Unstable diabetes
- Auto-immune system disorders
Post treatment care:
- Avoid direct sun exposure for 7 days after a treatment. You must wear a high quality sunscreen with an SPF 30 if possible.
- Avoid a chlorinated pool the day of your treatment.
- Avoid strenuous activities following the treatment.
- Avoid Alpha-Hydroxy Acid, Glycolic Acid and skin exfoliation products for 3 days before and 24 - 48 hours after a treatment.
- Avoid full face makeup the day of your treatment. This is not mandatory - many people apply their makeup and go on with their regular activities as this is only a suggestion. Eye makeup, lipstick, etc may be applied immediately after.
How long has it been around?
Microdermabrasion has been widely used in Europe for over 20 years, in the United States for approximately 8-10 years.