Having crossed over from Hollywood as one of the more recent skin-care techniques, microdermabrasion is labeled the “instant facelift,” and a compelling alternative to more invasive and pricier procedures such as the ones performed by plastic surgeons or other treatments offered such as chemical peels and Botox injections.
Q. So what exactly is microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a light, painless, non-invasive skin rejuvenation cosmetic procedure that uses a mechanical medium for exfoliation that gently removes a few of the top layers of the skin. Most commonly, microdermabrasion uses two parts: an exfoliating material like crystals and a machine based suction to gently lift up the skin during exfoliation. The vacuum pressure and speed are adjusted depending on the sensitivity and tolerance of the skin. Furthermore, there are no needles or anesthetics required for microdermabrasion.
Q. What effect does it have on your face?
Microdermabrasion is performed to help diminish the appearance of superficial hyperpigmentation, and photo-damage, as well as diminish fine lines, wrinkles, acne, and shallow acne scars. Furthermore, the benefit of microdermabrasion is enhanced skin penetration by other skin creams and serums. Removing dead skin will aid in the penetration of skin care products and medications by up to 50%.
Q. Do you need a doctor to perform this procedure?
No. It is a non-invasive procedure, and it is performed in-office by a trained skin care professional.
Q. Is this treatment available for men?
Yes absolutely, in fact, recent polls show that many men are becoming more and more interested in trying this treatment instead of pursuing more expensive cosmetic surgery.
Q. How long does it take to perform a treatment?
Since we personalize every treatment to fit your needs and depending on the type of skin, you have the procedure lasts up to 2 hours and also includes a hydrating/cooling mask and electrode massage, light therapy that works inside the cells and a collagen sheet mask.
Q. Is there any recovery time?
Minimal to no recovery time is required after microdermabrasion and most people immediately return to daily activity after a session. However, there can be minor skin sensitivity after microdermabrasion. Irritating products such as glycolic acids or fragranced creams and lotions should be avoided right after the procedure. It is strongly recommended to avoid the sun and use sunscreen after the treatment.
Q. Anything else I should know?
For best results, microdermabrasion should be repeated a total of 4 to 6 times with a two-week break between treatments. Depending on your skin’s needs, this is assessed during your initial consultation.