Microdermabrasion (often referred to as Microderm) is a cosmetic procedure popular in day spas, doctors' practices, and medical spas in which the stratum corneum (dead outermost surface of the skin) is partially or completely removed by light abrasion.
Microdermabrasion improves the skin with a very simple process. A skill specialist takes a wand filled with tiny aluminum oxide and vitamin C crystals, and using a control on the wand, spread the crystals across the skin. This action is just abrasive enough to remove the skin's keratin layer (deal skin). The skin naturally removes this layer in about 4 weeks. With microdermabrasion dead skin is removed in a more evenly manner and in less than an hour. Depending on the condition of the skin, a chemical peel may also be used with microdermabrasion.
When you want to improve your skin, there are many reasons to choose microdermabrasion. Most importantly, it is safe. Many skin treatments require anesthesia and have significant side effects. The possible side effects are minor and include redness and slight swelling. You will only need to apply a light moisturizer after the treatment. Microdermabrasion is for all skin types. Whether your skin is oily, sensitive, or fair, you can experience excellent results with microdermabrasion. Another benefit of microdermabrasion is that it won't irritate sensitive skin.
People with fine lines or wrinkles and those with minor acne scars are generally those who seek microdermabrasion. However, the most dramatic results occur in people with skin conditions such as hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation is characterized by skin with dark patches.
In most cases, you will have to have a few follow-up sessions. While people with acne will need fewer subsequent treatments, people with fine lines or wrinkles will have to continue the treatments on a regular basis.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does it hurt?
No, it feels as if sand was rubbed lightly over your face. A tingling sensation can be felt which is due to increased circulation but it can be a very relaxing treatment. Once clients are familiar with the procedure most ask for the airflow to be increased, or for the second vacuum pump to be turned on so they get an even more effective treatment.
How will my skin look after the treatment?
Immediately after the treatment the skin feels soft and smooth, and may look slightly flushed. This soon fades back to normal.
Is it a suitable treatment for acne?
As the crystals hit the skin they strip away the dead layers of skin and clean out the pores and sebaceous glands. Comedones (blocked pores) and material clogging the pores are removed, taking away one of the main causes for skin impurities. Improvement may already be seen after a few treatments.
Is there any down time?
Micro Crystal Dermal Abrasion is a non-invasive technique that respects the skin's integrity and minimizes trauma, a little redness is usually the only sign that the treatment was done. It can immediately be covered up with the make-up.
Is one course of treatments enough?
Your skin renews itself every 28 to 35 days. Micro Crystal Dermal Abrasion removes only the top layers of the epidermis. You will benefit from regular maintenance treatments because this avoids the build up of dead skin cells.
Is this treatment safe?
Due to its hygienic procedure and non-invasive nature, Micro Crystal Dermal Abrasion is highly recommended by dermatologists.