Skinfresh Clinic

Microdermabrasion

Would you like improvement in texture, pores and acne, both active and old scars? Microdermabrasion helps with all these issues and is especially good for thick leathery skin.

What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is the process of resurfacing the top layer of the skin to a precise depth by the combination of an exfoliation and vacuum process. By removing dead skin cells and stimulating blood flow, the deeper dermal level is stimulated to produce collagen and fibroblasts (collagen producing cells), giving the skin a more supple elastic appearance. The result is fresher, healthier, rejuvenated skin with enhanced surface quality.

History of Microdermabrasion

Ancient Egyptians applied abrasive masks of alabaster particles to smooth the skin. For millennia, various substances have been used to peel, exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin.

Microdermabrasion was developed in Italy in 1985; its use was widespread in European countries, then in the US and beyond.

Who can benefit from Microdermabrasion?

Virtually anyone can benefit. Microdermabrasion is a safe non-invasive resurfacing technique that can be used on all skin types.

What results can be expected with Microdermabrasion?

In clinical studies microdermabrasion has been shown to be effective for acne, hyper-pigmentation, sun damage, fine lines, and superficial skin disorders. It can also be useful as part of combination treatments (with Laser Genesis) for thickened, sun damaged skin, as well as mild scarring.

How many Microdermabrasion treatments are required?

The number of Microdermabrasion treatments necessary can vary. At Skinfresh Clinic we recommend 6 to 12 treatments with a maintenance treatment around once a month after completion of the initial course.

Is Microdermabrasion painful, and is there any downtime?

No, microdermabrasion is not painful; it is a very superficial exfoliating treatment. There is no downtime associated with this treatment.

What are the advantages of Microdermabrasion?

Skin resurfacing techniques, such as dermabrasion, chemical peeling, and the more recent technique of laser resurfacing, have a history of working, but also the potential for significant complications like scarring, pain and infection. In contrast, microdermabrasion does not carry these risks.

It is well suited for patients with early sun damage and busy lifestyles, because the only real downtime is the time taken for the treatment itself.

The advantages of microdermabrasion include the following:
The treatment is painless.
Anesthesia is unnecessary.
The treatment can be repeated at short intervals.
The procedure is simple and quickly performed.
The treatment does not interrupt the patient’s life significantly.

What to expect before Microdermabrasion

Before the treatment, your medical history is gathered, you are asked what signs of aging concern you and your skin is examined. This helps ensure that microdermabrasion is appropriate for you.

Be sure to tell us if you have had a cosmetic procedure in the past, if you scar easily or have ever had a keloid (a type of raised, thickened scar).

A skin care plan is prescribed for at least two weeks before the first treatment to prepare your skin and enhance results.

What to expect during Microdermabrasion

The skin to be treated is cleansed to remove oils and makeup. The cosmetic nurse will use a handheld device that sprays very fine particles onto your face while simultaneously vacuuming them away. This exfoliates the top layer of skin. You may feel the sanding, but this is not painful. Anesthesia is not required.

Treating the face usually takes 30 to 40 minutes and the neck about 20 minutes.

Once the skin is treated, the skin is cleansed of stray particles, dried and moisturiser and makeup are applied. The added option of Collagen infusion, or other therapeutic skin infusions, with a sealing mask according to your problems may follow.

What to expect after Microdermabrasion

After Microderabrasion treatment the skin may be pink and swollen. This should disappear within a few hours. You will be given a skin care plan that includes sun protection – this helps ensure the best possible results and reduces the risk of side effects.

Who should not have Microdermabrasion

• People with thin delicate skin
• People taking Roaccutane®

 

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