Microdermabrasion is a safe, progressive approach to skin care that was developed in Italy in 1987. Using a vacuum and positive pressure, the machine and the specially designed handpiece allow micro-fine crystals to pass over the skin.
As the crystals make contact they gently abrade away a thin layer of the outer skin (dermis). The handpiece then vacuums off the dead skin and crystal particles. This procedure exfoliates the dry, dull skin, while stimulating circulation and collagen production.
Each treatment removes one to two layers of dead skin cells. The depth of treatment is determined by the trained therapist and controlled through the speed of the handpiece, crystal flow and the number of passes.
Is Microdermabrasion Safe?
Yes, very safe. This is a shallow depth treatment and is safe and effective for many skin types and conditions.
Does It Help With Acne?
Yes. It has been found to be very effective for both active and cystic acne. Microdermabrasion is even appropriate for treating teenage acne.
Does It Remove Scars?
Scars may respond very well to microdermabrasion. Results vary based on several factors such as the age of the scar, depth of the scar tissue, individual skin types, location and the care given to the area between treatments.
Can It Help Get Rid Of Stretch Marks?
Currently there are numerous practices and physicians in the country using this therapy for the treatment of stretch marks. The consensus is that the newer the stretch mark, the better the response seems to be. In most cases, improvement is seen to some degree. A consultation would be recommended in order to assess the degree of improvement that might be gained.
Will I Need Time To Recuperate?
No. You may return to your normal activities immediately following the treatment. If you so desire, you may re-apply your make up immediately after the treatment.
You may experience some pink or slightly red areas, which should fade quickly. If you desire a treatment which leaves you with no redness at all, the therapist can adjust the machine in order to give you a very light peel. It is important to note that “redder is better” as it leads to better dermal circulation and stimulation of collagen production within the dermis. The degree of redness that you experience will be directly related to the amount of stimulation during the treatment.
Does It Work On Wrinkles?
Superficial fine lines and wrinkles respond well to microdermabrasion. Deep wrinkles may be softened somewhat, but cannot be completely resolved through microdermabrasion. Other treatments such as Botox injections, laser resurfacing and/or surgical facelifts may be necessary to achieve more dramatic results.
Can This Replace Laser Treatments?
No. If your degree of wrinkling is such that laser resurfacing is needed, microdermabrasion may not give you the results you hope to achieve, but it may be recommended following laser to maintain results and resolve resulting hyperpigmentation.
Does It Get Rid Of Sun Spots Or Skin Discoloration?
Yes, it can be very effective in treating uneven skin color and tone. In some cases, a doctor may recommend a prescription product to enhance the results. Sun protection is essential when treating pigmentation.
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