Microdermabrasion is a method of exfoliation that uses a machine to remove dead surface skin cells and initiate cellular turnover. The diamond method uses a diamond-tipped wand to sand and resurface the skin, combined with suction to remove the dead skin cells.This method stimulates blood circulation and revitalize collagen production, which promotes younger-looking skin. The degree of exfoliation depends on the number of passes, coarseness of the diamond wand, the pressure and suction used, and the frequency of treatment.
Today, microdermabrasion remains one of the most popular services employed in both medical and day spas.
Microdermabrasion can be helpful to treat aging and sun-damaged skin, altered pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, stretch marks, and some types of acne and acne scarring. It is especially effective in treating the under-eye area and crow’s feet. Results may include improved skin tone, reduced visual appearance of aging, fewer breakouts, diminished appearance of scars, refined skin pores, renewed elasticity, and a healthy glow. Microdermabrasion may be recommended for those with chemical sensitivities and can be used on most skin colors and types, although there are some contraindications. Ask your skin care professional if microdermabrasion is right for you.
What to expect
Most clients do not find the procedure to be uncomfortable. Relax as the esthetician applies the wand to your face in a slow, methodical way. One microdermabrasion treatment should take 30 minutes to an hour. There are no side effects, and your skin will look glowing and fresh almost immediately after the treatment. More aggressive microdermabrasion sessions may cause the skin to look slightly pink and tender for a few hours afterward. You can resume normal activities and apply makeup and moisturizer directly after your microdermabrasion session.
How many treatments will I need?
Microdermabrasion is a cumulative procedure. After the first session, your skin will feel softer, and you may see a very subtle improvement. Depending on your age, number and depth of wrinkles or scars, and thickness of your skin, a course of sessions is generally required to gain visible improvements. For optimal results, a series of 6 that is usually spaced 2 to 4 weeks apart is recommended.
Who should NOT have it?
- Recent herpes outbreak
- Active weeping acne (stages 3-4)
- Active rosacea
- Unstable diabetes
- Auto-immune system disorders
- Recent laser surgery
- Recent start of Retin A
- Recent medium/ deep chemical peel
- Recent waxing,
- Active eczema
- Vascular lesions (haemangiomas or “port-wine-stains)
- Telangiectases (“broken capillaries”)
- You must not have it if you are HIV or hepatitis B or C positive. Bleeding disorders, warfarin and aspirin therapy are relative contraindications.
- Accutane therapy should have been stopped at minimum of 6 months before the procedures.