Microdermabrasion is a skin care technique that is frequently used in Hollywood. It is often classed as an instant facelift, and it is a great alternative to plastic surgery. Microdermabrasion is also becoming more and more popular, as men are now trying this procedure in an attempt to look younger. So what is Microdermabrasion and what does it do to your face?
Microdermabrasion is a term used when tiny grains are used to buffer the surface of the skin. Many different treatments use this method, including medical procedures and it is almost always done on the neck, face, hands and arms. If you want to understand Microdermabrasion and how it works however, you first need to understand how the skin works.
Your skin has two layers. The first layer is the epidermis and the second layer is the dermis. The epidermis is the surface of your skin, and it consists of dead skin cells that are laid upon another layer of skin cells that are still maturing. On top of the epidermis however, you also have the corneum. This later is a barrier between the world and your skin, and it also helps to stop bacteria and other harmful molecules from getting through.
When you apply a lotion to your skin, only a small part of it gets through the corneum layer. This is also the layer that makes wrinkles, lines and blemishes visible. Microdermabrasion affects this layer of the skin, so it never actually reaches the dermis layer, or the deeper levels of the skin.
Microdermabrasion is an especially useful way to clean out any dead pores. It is also a very useful method for patients that have incredibly sensitive skin when it comes to anti acne creams.
- What can Microdermabrasion be used to treat?
- Who can have Microdermabrasion Treatment?
- Who can’t have Microdermabrasion Treatment?
- What is the treatment process for Microdermabrasion?
- How many Treatments do I need?
- Are there any Side Effects?
Microdermabrasion can treat:
o Dry and Flaky Skin
o Dull Skin
o Blotchy Skin
o Scar Cover Ups
o Black Heads
o White Heads
o Sagging Skin
o Damaged Skin
o Uneven Skin Tone
o Some Cases of Superficial Hyperpigmentation
Who Can Have Microdermabrasion Treatment?
Microdermabrasion is a procedure which is completely safe in every way. It can also be performed on both men and women, no matter what skin type you have. Clients do need to be 16 years of age and over to receive the treatment however.
This procedure is also known for treating various skin conditions, and it can also be used to try and keep the natural tone of the skin itself. This procedure also helps to promote collagen, as well as lowering the chance of a future acne breakout.
Who Can’t Have Microdermabrasion Treatment?
If you have acne that is quite severe, then you won’t be suitable for the treatment. The reason for this is that the treatment can spread the infection, which is something you want to avoid. It should be noted that Microdermabrasion doesn’t stop acne; however it can help very mild cases. Microdermabrasion can also be used to treat pitted scars, marks and other uneven skin tones.
Melasma – You should not have the Microdermabrasion treatment if you suffer from this condition, because it can make it worse.
Rosacea – The aggravation of the process on a cellular level can make the condition worse.
Dermatitis /Eczema – In some cases, the cells can be over stimulated, making the condition worse.
Sunburn/Suntan – It is not safe to use this procedure on sun burnt skin, so you should use a sun tan lotion with an SPF of 30 every day until the burn has healed.
Vitiligo – Microdermabrasion will not be of any help in this case.
Skin Infection – If you have a skin infection, such as a cold sore, then you should have this treated before you commence treatment.
Roaccutane – You can’t be treated for 6 months after taking this drug.
When you come in for your initial consultation, we will go over your medical history in depth. If there are any doubts with your medical history regarding the treatment, then the treatment will not go ahead.
What Is The Treatment Process For Microdermabrasion?
Your skin first undergoes a cleansing, before it is blasted with crystals to help remove the top layer of the skin, or the stratum corneum. This step may be repeated several times over problem areas. The crystals are rubbed into your skin, with the excess wiped away.
After this step has been completed, a vitamin C mask will then be added. This cools the skin, while also adding vitamins. Before you leave the clinic, you will be given a tinted sun cream, and soon your skin will feel smooth and soft.
How Many Treatments Do I Need?
The results can be visible even after the first session, but you will need to keep coming in for more treatments. We like to suggest having 8-12 sessions every 10-14 days. Many of our clients however have this treatment done on a regular basis, simply because they love the results that it delivers.
You also need to remember that your skin is a muscle, and it needs regular exercise if you want it keeping young and healthy. Regular stimulation of the epidermal layer does this efficiently, keeping you looking young and youthful.
Are There Any Side Effects?
The Crystal Clear treatment has been used for many years now throughout Europe and the USA with no real side effects. The only thing you may experience is sensitivity during the treatment and redness around the affected areas, however this is completely normal.
The redness is because of the physical rubbing and suction of the device; however it usually goes away after a couple of hours. You may also experience minor dryness, and this is because the superficial layer of the epidermis has been removed. You can help remove the dryness by applying a moisturizing cream.