Microdermabrasion is a non-chemical, non-invasive procedure that uses a spray of aluminium oxide microcrystals to remove the outermost layer of dry, dead skin cells and reveal younger, healthier-looking skin. It also encourages the production of a new underlying layer of skin cells with higher levels of collagen and elastin, which further improves your skin’s appearance.
The ideal candidates for microdermabrasion treatment are healthy adults who have relatively minor skin conditions or imperfections and realistic expectations about what it can and cannot do. Because microdermabrasion is a mild, non-invasive procedure that cannot remedy sagging skin or correct deep facial creases or folds.
Microdermabrasion for Acne
Microdermabrasion can be used to treat acne and the scars that acne causes. Microdermabrasion treatments can eliminate or greatly reduce the appearance of lighter scarring. Patients with acne may also benefit from microdermabrasion treatments which exfoliate the skin and clear clogged pores of oil and dirt. Because the polishing action of the crystal and the removal of skin cells can aggravate active acne, however, a consultation with one of our skin specialists is advised to help determine whether a patient’s acne or acne scars can be effectively treated with microdermabrasion. More on Acne Treatments Here.
Microdermabrasion for Rosacea
Rosacea is a chronic inflammation of facial skin characterised by redness, prominent blood vessels, swelling, and/or skin eruptions that look similar to acne. Microdermabrasion can be used to decrease the redness associated with rosacea. However, if you have been diagnosed with rosacea and are considering microdermabrasion, you should consult one of our skin specialists prior to treatment because microdermabrasion can negatively affect active rosacea. More on Rosacea Treatments Here.
Risks and Benefits
Microdermabrasion is a safe, non-surgical, “lunch hour” procedure that provides many benefits:
- reduces or eliminates fine facial lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging
- improves the appearance of acne scars and other light scarring
- gives skin of all colors and types a fresh, healthy-looking glow
It does all this with virtually no side effects. And because microdermabrasion uses non-allergenic crystals to treat the skin, it is an excellent treatment for skin that is sensitive to chemicals. Microdermabrasion does not present any serious risks when it is performed by a qualified provider. Some people may experience slight skin irritation after microdermabrasion. Since everyone’s skin and health history differ to some degree, the risks and benefits of microdermabrasion must be considered on a case-by-case basis.
During a microdermabrasion treatment, the therapist directs a stream of tiny (“micro”) aluminum oxide crystals through a hand piece that is placed against the skin. These dermabrasion crystals exfoliate the skin, and the mild suction created by the microdermabrasion system removes the skin debris and crystals.
Microdermabrasion helps produce thicker, healthier skin layers; multiple treatments are vital because they encourage the production of a new layer of skin cells that contains higher levels of collagen and elastin. Both of these components are essential for vibrant, healthy skin, and they will further improve your complexion and the overall appearance of your skin. Approximately five to twelve treatments spaced two to three weeks apart are usually necessary to reap full microdermabrasion benefits. Convenient and virtually painless, the microdermabrasion procedure takes only 30 to 60 minutes and is commonly referred to as the “lunch hour facial.”
Is the Procedure Painful?
The microdermabrasion procedure exfoliates dead cells from the skin’s surface. While it is not painful, the treatment can cause a slight warming sensation as the abrasive microdermabrasion crystals gently slough away old and damaged layers of skin. Some patients have likened the experience to having a facial massage. After a microdermabrasion treatment, the newly revealed layer of skin is usually more sensitive and requires extra protection from the sun. You should not feel uncomfortable, but you should be particularly careful about wearing SPF. We recommend Heliocare Gel SPF50. Applying moisturiser to hydrate and calm the skin can also prevent any potential irritation.
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