Microdermabrasion or microderm for short was once a term used only by the celebrities but over time has become more mainstream. So, you might ask yourself exactly what is microdermabrasion? Typically microderms are done on the face, but are sometimes also performed on the neck, chest and hands. The treatment is a non-invasive exfoliation for the outer layers of the skin. It uses tiny crystals to sluff off the stratum corneum. This is the first layer of your skin that acts as the protection between the external elements and the lower layers of the skin. The body translates this as minor damage and sends signals to the affected area to replenish the skin with new, healthy skin cells. You may experience edema or erythema for the first day or two after your treatment; this will look like swelling or redness on the treatment area.
At laser for less we use the Mega Peel machine which has a tip on the end that the aesthetician will use as a vacuum against your skin. The tip will draw in a small portion of your skin, which allows the blemishes to rise closer to the surface. The tool will then shoot the crystals against the targeted area, and the vacuum portion sucks up the used crystals and dead skin. After the treatment your aesthetician will apply a moisturizing cream to your face to begin the healing process. The treatment lasts about 30 minutes and with no down time you are able to return to normal activity, including applying makeup soon after treatment to cover any redness or lines.
There are many reasons to get a microderm done. Because your first layer of skin is gone, it can give you a softer look and feel, while also removing minor imperfections. You may notice reduction in fine lines, discolorations, minor acne scaring, crow’s feet, and sun damage. It is suggested that multiple treatments are done a few weeks apart to remove deeper blemishes. It will also promote healthier skin over time because continues to heal itself and produce higher levels of collagen and elastin, which will improve your skin’s appearance.
As always, before any cosmetic procedure we encourage doing your own research as well as speaking with one of our aestheticians, your dermatologist or a cosmetic surgeon to see if this is the right treatment for you.