What is Microdermabrasion?

Micro Dermabrasion

Micro dermabrasion is a simple procedure for removing the superficial layers of the skin using an abrasive. It is one of the most popular skin treatments carried out today where the surface layer of skin is ‘sanded off’. This is commonly done with aluminium oxide crystals. The procedure is particularly suited for skin with numerous or large clogged up pores and where there is a build up of old skin cells. The treatment reverses the signs of aging and sun exposure to the face, neck and arms and results in a fresher looking skin. It improves the appearance of poorly textured skin, fine lines and mild acne scarring where the scar is raised above the surrounding skin. The treatment is particularly well liked because it can be done quickly and easily without the need for recovery time.

How does it work and what does it do

The surface of the skin is abraded with crystals of aluminum oxide circulating through the handpiece of the micro dermabrasion unit. Old skin cells are sanded off exposing the healthier layers beneath. There is a marked improvement after just one session and with weekly treatments you will be left with a far healthier looking glow of fresh skin. Your skin will feel softer and smoother and pores will be reduced in size. Blackheads and pimples will be cleared and your skin will truly feel clean for the first time. Progressive results are gained with each session. Fine lines and wrinkles will gradually diminish and uneven skin tone will be improved. An average treatment takes about half an hour and can be repeated several times every 7-14 days as needed.

Is it suitable for me

Most people are suitable candidates for micro dermabrasion and it is perfect for any one on a tight schedule who would like a quick and easy treatment with excellent results. The treatment is effective for both dark and light skins and for most age groups except for the young and very elderly. There are very few individuals that will be unsuitable for this treatment. See section on contraindications.

How long does it take to work and will the benefits last

There is an immediate improvement just after one treatment and with each further treatment the differences become more marked and lasting. Several treatments may be required to achieve the results being sought. Lasting results can be maintained with regular and periodic treatments.

What does the procedure involve

The dermabrasion procedure is relatively simple. You will be positioned on a treatment couch and the skin will be prepared. No local anaesthesia is necessary. A jet of fine aluminum oxide crystal particles circulating through a handpiece will be directed methodically over the area of skin to be treated and old skin cells will be sanded off. It has been described as a lunch-break procedure as it takes only 30 minutes or so to perform with little or no discomfort. The recovery time is minimal and within an hour or so you will be ready to return to your normal occupation looking fresh and rejuvenated.

Is there any pain or discomfort

There is very little discomfort associated with the procedure. No anaesthetic is required. Your face or other body part may be pinker in colour for an hour or so after treatment.

Are there any contra-indications

The treatment is not advisable for people with highly sensitive skin or those using Accutane, Roaccutane, Retin A or Isotretinoin. Skin actively affected by acne, eczema, rosacea, herpes or certain other types of inflammatory skin disorders will be avoided. Disease free areas of the skin can nevertheless be treated. If there is any doubt a small test area can be tried before proceeding further. Individuals with an autoimmune disorder, HIV or viral hepatitis will be excluded.

Are there any complications or risks

The treatment is relatively risk free and is minimised by excluding individuals susceptible to developing problems. In addition only new, un-circulated crystals and a new unused disposable hand piece tip is used for every individual. Crystals are not re-circulated and only pass through the hand piece once to be collected in a separate container for disposal. The risk of inhalation of fine aluminium oxide dust particles is also reduced with the use of filters to strain out fine particles. The effect of sunlight can be prevented using sunscreen creams in the weeks following treatment.

Will treatment interfere with my daily activities – the downtime

Unlike other procedures there is virtually no loss of time for recovery. Any redness resulting from the treatment is usually minimal and settles down within a matter of a few hours or so.

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