What is microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion takes years off your complexion by gently exfoliating the outer layers of skin. Building on this, the gentle vacuum action gives the facial muscles a mini workout each time, providing an immediate lifting effect and an on-going improvement in tone. Because it’s a safe and controlled method of skin resurfacing, the treatment can be used to solve a wide range of skin concerns on both the face and body. This treatment provides immediate and visible results for fine lines and wrinkles, open pores, blackheads, pigmentation, blemish scars, acne scars, rough texture, stretch marks and so much more. With regular treatments, the skin increases its collagen and elastin formation, giving you a naturally firmer and rejuvenated appearance.
Microdermabrasion can be performed on many areas of the body. It is a great resurfacing option for elbows, knees, feet and back.
What can you expect during your treatment?
The microdermabrasion handset is placed onto the skin and a microscopic flow of crystals is directed onto the surface of the skin. The speed of the crystals, together with their abrasive nature, gently removes the epidermal cells layer by layer. Used crystals and dead skin cells are drawn away through the vacuum action, which also achieves an immediate lifting effect on tired muscles and stimulates the blood supply to the skin’s surface to help promote new collagen and elastin formation. Specific attention is given to any areas of concern such as open pores, fine lines & wrinkles, blemished skin or acne scaring, resulting in dramatically rejuvenated skin.
Does it hurt?
The treatment is really relaxing and doesn’t hurt at all. All you feel is a slight suction on your face and what feels like a cat's tongue due to the crystal exfoliation.
What will I look like after the treatment?
Your skin will look soft and smooth with a healthy glow. Your skin may be a little red due to the stimulation and exfoliation, but will subside quickly.
How many treatments are necessary and how long should I wait between treatments?
You will see immediate results after your first microdermabrasion treatment. However, if you have specific skin care goals, you will need as many as 6-9 treatments done once every 10-14 days.
Is there anything I should do before the treatment?
-Remove contact lenses
-No exfoliating for 3 days prior
-No Botox for 14 days prior or fillers for a month prior to the treatment.
How should I treat my skin after the procedure?
-Avoid heat treatments (including hot baths and showers) and UV exposure for 48 hours
-Avoid exercise (anything that might make you sweat) and swimming for 24 hours
-Must use a SPF of 30 or higher
-No sun beds throughout the duration of the course
-Avoid touching or itching the area for 24 hours.
-No exfoliation on the face for at least 7 days.
What conditions should avoid microdermabrasion?
-Skin cancer & autoimmune diseases such as: aids, HIV, ME and MS.
-Eczema, seborreic dermatitis, psoriasis- If its just a small patch we can work around the area, but if it’s all over the face we recommend not having it done.
-Telangiectasias- Broken capillaries can be worked around.
-Rosacea & active acne- Suggest not having the treatment as the bacteria could spread around the face.
-Herpes simplex- Can be stimulated due to micro-circulation; therefore, if you are prone to outbreaks it is recommended that a preventative cream be used 2 days prior and 3 days after treatment.
-Keloid scars- can avoid the area.
-Accutane- Given by your GP for acne. The client should finish the course and leave at least 6 months before having a Microdermabrasion treatment, this allows the skin time to repair itself.
-Pregnancy- All stages should be avoided as hormone levels are higher during this time, also leave 3 months after giving birth before you have the treatment.