What is microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion involves the skin being “sandblasted” by crystals to remove the top layer of the skin, promoting new cell production. Microdermabrasion cleans your pores and hinders future breaks outs if used on a regular basis. This relaxing treatment also stimulates collagen networking to even out skin tone, texture, and appearance, and makes your skin more permeable to increase the absorption of vitamins and benefits in your skincare products.
Am I a good candidate?
A good candidate for microdermabrasion is someone in their twenties to middle-age who has generally healthy skin, but wants to improve texture and tone. Microdermabrasion can be done aggressively every few weeks and overtime extended to every 6 weeks to maintain results. Fine lines, uneven pigmentation and clogged pores are some of the skin issues that can be addressed with frequent microdermabrasion treatment. For those who have deeper wrinkles, dark brown spots or hormone related pigment, a chemical peel or microneedling treatment may be more appropriate to achieve the best results.
Are there risks or side effects?
Microdermabrasion is a simple, quick and painless treatment, with no downtime and minimal risk if you are a “healthy” adult. Striping can occur in clients with very sensitive skin, the treatment should feel like a cat’s tounge, if it feels too strong notify us to avoid striping. Bleeding can occur on skin with acne or recently shaved skin, some bleeding is okay, however it is an indication that the levels may be too high. For anyone with dermatographism, (you get red welts from a simple scratch) may likely see hive-like blotches and an oral antihistamine can help.
How many treatments should I do?
A normal course of treatments vary between 6-10 at approximately 3-4 week intervals. It is recommended that you schedule an additional treatment every 1-3 months to maintain your skin’s condition. Most patients actually feel and see a difference just after two or three treatments, but schedule additional treatments to increase this improvement. Combining this treatment process with a good SPF and high-quality skin products will help you maintain your improved skin. Be advised, raised or deeply pitted skin areas (possibly from old severe acne scars) and darker pigmented areas will require multiple treatments over extended amounts of time. While Microdermabrasion helps superficial problems, it is not the cure-all for heavily damaged skin; it is a noninvasive technique for those of you who do not need a serious laser or chemical peel treatment.
When you arrive for your microdermabrasion treatment please be prepared to wash your face of all dirt, oil, and products. Your skin must be completely clean for your treatment. Please keep in mind that you should avoid tanning/direct sun and extreme wind, as well as harsh products 5-7 days before and after your treatment.
A hydrating toner, moisturizer and sunscreen are applied to your skin prior to leaving the office. Some redness is expected afterwards, however this is not likely to persist more than a few hours. The sensation of having a mild windburn or sunburn will also pass after a few hours. Applying a high quality moisturizer to hydrate the skin will help the healing process. Avoid sun exposure for 5-7 days after a treatment. We do stress the importance of using a high quality sun block product as well. Exposure to UV radiation is one of the key factors in speeding the skin aging process.