What is microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive method of skin resurfacing. It deeply exfoliates the outer layer of the skin by a flow of crystals. At the same time dead skin cells are removed through a vacuum suction.
This treatment is ideal for improving the texture of the skin, fine lines, pigmentation, oily skin, age spots, acne scarring, large pores and for the extraction of white-heads and black-heads.
How does it work?
Prior to the treatment the skin is thoroughly cleansed to leave a clean surface.
The tip of the machine's handle is then pressed against the skin and is moved across the surface. During this time a flow of crystals will exfoliate the outer layer of the skin, whilst a vacuum suction removes the used crystals and dead skin cells.
Following your treatment a moisturiser and sunblock is applied to the treated area to protect your skin.
The whole procedure takes about 20 minutes making it ideal to fit into a busy schedule or even as a lunch-time treatment.
What are the results?
This non-invasive treatment requires no down-time allowing you to resume activities. Initially their will be slight redness and swelling however this can be covered with make-up and will reduce within 1-2 hours.
After one treatment your skin will feel generally smooth and fresh. Your skin will continue to improve if you follow a course of treatments resulting in a youthful, smoother appearance.
Are their any contraindications?
Those with an active skin infection, malignancy, tendency to scar or pigment, excessive multiple superficial capillaries and veins / 'spider veins' or inflamed skin would not be suitable for this treatment, however an initial consultation would be required to assess your skin.
Are their any side effects?
There are very little side effects from having microdermabrasion. The most common is redness and swelling which will only last 1-2 hours following your treatment. A calming moisturiser will help soothe the skin during this time. The skin will also be more sensitive to sun exposure and could therefore be more susceptible to getting pigmentation. A high Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is recommended to use following treatment to protect the skin from UV damage. You may also have slight bruising caused by the suction action; however this is rare and is avoided by reducing the vacuum suction when dealing with delicate areas.
How many sessions are required and how long do the results last?
Most people require anything from 6-12 sessions once a week. The effects could last for up to a year, although you will require a top up treatment between 6-12 months.