Microdermabrasion and how it works

Microdermabrasion is a safe, progressive approach to skin care that was developed in Italy in 1987. Using vacuum and sometimes positive pressure, the machine and the specially-designed hand piece allow micro-fine crystals to pass over the skin. As the crystals make contact, they actually blast off a thin layer of the outer skin [dermis]. The hand piece then vacuums off the dead skin and crystal particles. The procedure exfoliates the dry, dull skin, while stimulating circulation and collagen production.

Each treatment removes one to two layers of dead skin cells, depending on the condition that is being treated. The depth of treatment is determined by the trained operator and controlled through the speed of the hand piece, crystal flow and the numbers of passes. Since each treatment is customized, patients can be treated at their own comfort levels.

Candidates for Microdermabrasion

Unlike traditional dermabrasion, laser resurfacing or chemical peels, microdermabrasion is safe for men and women of all skin conditions and colors. The best candidate for microdermabrasion is one who wished to improve the appearance of their skin and is willing to take an active role in protecting and maintaining the results. Microdermabrasion improves the overall appearance and tone of your skin; collagen production and circulation are improved; and the skin surface is smoother and healthier.

Customized Treatment Plan

After your initial consultation, a customized plan will be developed for you. Microdermabrasion is a progressive skin treatment. Your success depends on multiple treatments on a strict schedule.

Often called the “Lunch time Peel”, each session may take between 30 minutes to one hour, depending on the areas being treated. Your skin maybe slightly reddened for 20 minutes to several hours after the treatment but it is perfectly safe to apply your make-up and return to normal activities. There is NO recovery or “down time” associated with microdermabrasion.

Number of Treatments

Your personalized regimen will be determined by the skin condition being treated and your desired results. The number of treatments can vary depending on the severity of your condition and treatment goals. Stretch marks and acne scars require the greatest number of treatments.

Microdermabrasion treatments should be performed 7 to 10 days apart. It is vitally important that you adhere to the schedule that is developed for you. Waiting longer than 14 days between treatments can interfere with your progress.

After your desired results have been achieved, you will want to have maintenance treatments at least every 4-6 months.

Advance Preparation

If you are using any skin care products containing Retin-A, hydroquinone, or glycolic acid, you will want to stop using the 48 hours before your treatment. You may resume their use 24 hours after treatment.

Skin that has been overexposed to the sun and sunburned should not be treated.

How soon will you see results?

Microdermabrasion is a progressive procedure. You will definitely feel softer, smoother skin and may see subtle improvement after your first visit. You will likely see visible improvement after four treatments. The benefits continue to multiply with each additional treatment as increased circulation is noted within the dermis and newer, healthier skin cell are seen at the surface.

Treatable Skin Conditions

Microdermabrasion has been clinically proven to significantly reduce the appearance of:

  • Wrinkles
  • Fine Lines
  • Acne
  • Acne Scars
  • Stretch Marks
  • Age/Sun Spots
  • Enlarged Pores
  • Clogged Pores
  • Dry/Flaky Skin
  • Uneven Pigmentation

Is Microdermabrasion Painful?

For normal treatments, you will experience the sensation of vacuum suction and crystal particles making contact with your skin. This should not be a painful experience. Sensitive areas around the eye and upper lip may feel tender, but the technician will adjust the machine in theses areas to prevent any discomfort.

Special Products Before and After the Procedure?

Dependent upon the goals of your treatment protocol, certain prescription medications may be recommended, as well as a special series of skin care serums formulated for use specifically during and after microdermabrasion treatments.