What is microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a form of mechanical exfoliation used to remove dead or damaged skin cells from the top layer of the epidermis. Removing these dead cells results in fresher, younger looking skin.
How does it work?
Crystal-free microdermabrasion uses an applicator with an abrasive tip and slight suction to remove the dead skin cells. In addition, the light vacuum action stimulates collagen in the dermis.
Microdermabrasion can help diminish:
- Sun damage
- Enlarged pores
- Fine lines and wrinkles
Did You Know?
Your skin is replaced about every 28 days. As new skin cells form in the deeper layers of the skin, the older cells are pushed toward the upper layers of skin where they become hardened and die. These dead, hardened cells, known as corneocytes, comprise the outermost layer of the skin called the stratum corneum.
As we age, this process begins to slow, the cell turnover rate is reduced, and dead skin cells build up on the surface of the skin. Cell buildup can lead to:
- Enlarged pores
- Clogged pores
- Rough or bumpy texture
- Overall dull appearance of skin
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if microdermabrasion is right for me?
Crystal-free microdermabrasion is gentle and safe for almost all skin types. In contrast to harsher chemical peels or other aggressive treatments, there is no downtime with microdermabrasion. You may experience a slight tingling sensation and redness after the treatment, similar to a minor sunburn, which should go away after 24 hours.
How often should I receive treatments?
The benefits of microdermabrasion are most apparent after 6 treatments. The first 3 treatments should be 2 weeks apart and the last 3 treatments should be 3 weeks apart. After the first six treatments, we recommend coming back every 6 weeks for maintenance.
What if I have had a recent chemical peel?
Depending on the type of peel, you should wait between 2 and 6 weeks after the treatment before beginning microdermabrasion.
Who can not receive microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is not recommended for use on clients with rosacea, inflamed acne, sunburn, or any open sores or lesions.
If you are on any Retinol/Retinoic Acid such as Retin-A, Azelex, Differin, Renova, or Tazorac, you must stop using these products six weeks prior to treatment and during the course of treatment.
If you have been using AHAs or BHAs, such as glycolic acid or a high percentage of salicylic acid, discontinue use two weeks prior to treatment.
Always inform your esthetician when you use any chemical exfoliant or skin-thinning medication.
What should I do after treatment?
Stay hydrated! Hydration is always a necessity for healthy, glowing skin. Drink plenty of water and use a protective moisturizer.
Avoid the sun. You should wear SPF daily, with or without a microdermabrasion treatment. After microdermabrasion, avoid direct sun exposure for 7 days.