The Skin is the largest organ of the body and provides many essential functions. It is a most active covering, undergoing constant change and renewal. Cells from the basal layer consistently migrate to the surface and differentiate to replace the ever present layer of dead and damaged cells. Many skin problems are caused by, or are associated with, excessive build-up of dead cells that can make your skin flake or become thick and dull, hence the need for exfoliation.
Microdermabrasion is a revolutionary method of exfoliating the epidermis. This safe, effective method of exfoliating is not new however, it has been popular in Europe for well over a decade. The typical system is composed of a compressor and a suction pump (vacuum) that works in unison to project sterile micro-crystals of aluminum-oxide onto the skin with variable intensity. The unit simultaneously vacuums the area to remove the exfoliated dead skin cells, leaving the skin instantly smoother.
Conditions that can benefit from Microdermabrasion therapy include:
Microdermabrasion is also safe for darker skinned individuals who are sometimes otherwise prone to pigment irregularities.
Following a thorough cleansing of the skin, the hand-piece with sterilized tip will be precisely moved along the surface of the skin, exfoliating the skin cells, helping to even out the imperfections. Areas that require more attention will be concentrated on with additional passes. A rich moisturizer with a SPF of 15 will be applied following the treatment. Treatments are generally not uncomfortable. Therefore, no anesthesia will be required. A treatment takes approximately 30 minutes. Different areas of the body pose different challenges. The skin usually becomes slightly pink and warm following each treatment. That will often last only 5 – 15 minutes, but it can sometimes last up to 24 hours without any further complication.
Following your treatments, you will be encouraged to use advanced healing products at home, to enhance and maintain the results. You will also be advised not to apply any products that contain alpha, beta, or poly-hydroxy acids, L-ascorbic acid or Retin-A for at least 3 days.
While most patients will see results after their first treatment, a series of 4-6 or more treatments is recommended to obtain more significant and longer lasting results. Obviously, the condition of your skin will influence how many treatments you will require. How often you receive treatments will also depend on your personal preference and again, on the condition of your skin. Treatments may be repeated as often as every 7-10 days.