dermaMicro-dermabrasion treatments are a non-invasive, painless way to freshen and rejuvenate your skin. This procedure is done using a combination of a fine abrasive diamond tip or diamond crystals and vacuum suction is applied to the skin. The vacuum pressure and speed are adjusted depending on the sensitivity and tolerance of the skin. Minimal to no recovery time is required after Micro-Dermabrasion and most people immediately return to their daily activities right after.

Studies have shown that Micro-dermabrasion can even help the absorbtion of some topical products thru increasing the permeability of the skin. Micro-dermabrasion is used to treat light scarring ,discoloration and sun damage( hyper-pigmentation), and can be used to lessen the appearance of fine lines, age spots, enlarged pores and acne.

This technique also helps to thicken the collagen within your skin, which results in a younger looking complexion. Collagen is a protien in your skin that is abundant when you’re a child and makes the skin appear taut and smooth. Collagen production declines as we age, resulting in looser, uneven skin.

Best of all, you can have it done during your lunch hour and go straight back to work looking pretty good for someone who has just had their skin cells vacuumed off their face (take your foundation along as your skin may be a little pink afterwards).

Below are some tips and facts about micro-dermabrasion:

  • Micro-dermabrasion was first developed in Italy in 1985 — pasta, pizza and Micro-dermabrasion !!
  • There are over 100 microdermabrasion machines on the market but they all have the same basic design — exfoliate and suck up those dead skin cells!
  • Microdermabrasion has been shown to diminish fine lines, wrinkles, shallow acne scars, though results may vary from person to person.
  • Those who suffer from enlarged pores will be pleased to know microdermabrasion can help minimise pores and is great for unclogging them.
  • Microdermabrasion may decrease the appearance of superficial hyperpigmentation, age spots and other superficial skin damage caused by the sun.
  • Removing dead skin through microdermabrasion can aid in the penetration of skincare products by up to 50% and with a more even surface to work with, it allows makeup to go on more smoothly.
  • In 2009, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported there were 910,168 microdermabrasion procedures done in the US alone (176,541 of those men). It’s obviously big business, and not just in the States either.
  • Many people choose microdermabrasion over chemical peels and laser treatment because it is generally safer and more cost-effective.
  • The procedure may be a little uncomfortable but shouldn’t hurt (though skin can feel a little tender afterwards).
  • Microdermabrasion stimulates blood flow, which increases the nutrition delivered to skin cells. This improves cell production, which improves skin’s elasticity and texture.
  • Microdermabrasion temporarily removes moisture so it should always be followed by application of a rich moisturiser.
  • The best results are usually seen by people in the early stages of aging, between 35 and 50.
  • It’s not recommended if you have skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema, dermatitis, active sunburn, herpes, lupus, open sores, psoriasis, fragile capillaries or widespread acne. Seek medical advice first.
  • While home dermabrasion kits are available, they act more like a scrub and can be quite harsh. Beware!
  • A series of 6-10 treatments is usually recommended for optimum results, with 2 weeks in between for skin to recover.
  • The entire procedure usually takes about 30 minutes for the face, longer if you want your neck and other body parts such as hands and feet done.
  • Skin will be more sensitive to sunlight afterwards so stay out of the sun or use a good sunscreen.
  • Your esthetician should be checking in with you about your comfort level during the treatment.
  • Everyone that has come to me and had a Micro- Dermabrasion treatment Loves it!!
  • Always go to a qualified esthetician for microdermabrasion and ask them about their training, as the results you get will largely depend on their expertise.