What is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion was first adopted in Europe and was not introduced to the United States until the 1990s. Its introduction led the revolution of device-driven, noninvasive cosmetic procedures. Today, microdermabrasion remains one of the most popular services employed in both medical and day spas. The microdermabrasion wand using a diamond tip slides across the skin while dead cells are vacuumed off using a small suction device attached to the wand. The suction stimulation alone boosts blood circulation and revitalizes collagen production, which instigates the regrowth of new younger-looking skin. The degree of exfoliation depends on the number and speed of passes over the skin, level of diamond tip, degree of suction, and the frequency and consistency of treatments.
Benefit of Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion can be helpful to treat aging and sun-damaged skin, altered pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, stretch marks, and some types of acne and acne scarring. It is especially effective in treating the under-eye area and crow’s feet. Because microdermabrasion removes dead surface skin cells and initiates cellular turnover, results may include improved skin tone, reduced visual appearance of aging, fewer breakouts, diminished appearance of scars, refined skin pores, renewed elasticity, and a healthy glow. Microdermabrasion may be recommended for those with chemical sensitivities and can be used on most skin colors and types, although there are some contraindications. Ask if microdermabrasion is right for you.
What Should I Expect During Treatment?
Most clients do not find the procedure to be painful, and it requires no anesthetic. The wand is applied to the face or body in a slow, methodical way. One microdermabrasion treatment should take 30 minutes to an hour. There are no side effects, and your skin will look glowing and fresh almost immediately after the treatment.
Some more aggressive treatments may cause the skin to look slightly pink and tender for a few hours afterward. Depending on the treatment level some people may have flaking that can occur up to a week after the treatment. During the next few days you may have a tight or dry feeling.
Avoid exfoliation for 3 days prior (including acne medications and Retin-A)
- Do not use sauna and swimming pools for 24 hours.
- Aerobic exercise or vigorous physical activity should be avoided for 24 hours.
- Use calming products and do not use anything with exfoliation for 3 days.
- Avoid direct sunlight and tanning beds for 5 days.
- Do not wax for 5 day.
- Apply sunscreen daily to the treated area for a minimum of 2 weeks.
- Do not pick or scratch skin.
- Active infection of any type, such as herpes simplex or flat warts
- Chemotherapy or radiation in the last 6 months
- Hypertrophic scarring or keloids
- Skin Cancer in the last 6 months
- Uncontrolled diabetes
Please feel free to contact me with any questions.