What is microdermabrasion?
Let’s start with the term microdermabrasion as we all may have heard the word, but maybe we don’t quite know what it means. “Micro” means small (of course), “derm” comes from the Greek word for skin (dermis = deeper layer of skin and epidermis = outer layer of skin) and “abrasion” is a term for grazing, scraping or wearing away. Put them together and you have a non-invasive and effective treatment for a myriad of skin issues.
There are two different types of microdermabrasion you can choose from: crystal microdermabrasion and diamond microdermabrasion. While they both have similar results, the process for each is a little different.
Crystal microdermabrasion or microcrystal dermabrasion is the most popular of the two. Ultra-fine crystals are brought up through a tube to a stainless steel or glass wand and the crystals are carefully misted over the skin in a delicate technique which exfoliates the skin cells. The crystals and skin simultaneously vacuumed away through the wand and voila! The process is quick, safe, and pain-free.
Diamond-tip microdermabrasion is a newer procedure and doesn’t use crystals. Instead it uses a wand with a diamond encrusted tip. The wand is passed over the skin and the exfoliated skin is vacuumed away. This method is a little more gentle and tidy, and recommended if you have extra sensitive skin.
With a skilled technician, both are great treatments to get your desired results.
Speaking of results…let’s talk about the awesome benefits you can get from microdermabrasion, with results seen after just one appointment!
What are the benefits of microdermabrasion?
Quick recovery and fast results are two of the reasons microdermabrasion has been so popular with individuals the world over. Compared with other skin treatments such as skin peels or lasering, microdermabrasion is touted as one of the most affable and gentle procedures offered today.
Let’s go over some of the benefits you can see after your first dermabrasion appointment!
- Reduces of fine lines and wrinkles on the skin
- Minimizes the appearance of stretch marks
- Fades age spots
- Treats acne and can reduce marks left by acne
- Clears away blackheads
- Unclogs pores which in effect reduces their size
- Reduces skin tone issues, like hyperpigmentation
- Exfoliates for smooth, radiant skin
- Helps reduce the appearance of superficial scarring
- Lessens the redness brought on by rosacea
As stated before, the results of microdermabrasion are normally immediate and visible. It is a milder procedure than most and still stimulates your skin to produce more collagen and elastin (building blocks to healthy skin.) As we age, collagen production in the skin reduces more and more, so microdermabrasion helps boost that production and keeps your skin looking vibrant and smooth at any age.
Microdermabrasion is significantly less invasive than surgical skin procedures and is shown to be much more gentle than many other non-invasive skin rejuvenating techniques.
What can you expect after a microdermabrasion appointment?
Microdermabrasion isn’t called the “lunch time peel” for nothing! Your in-office session runs about an hour and you can expect to leave feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. Rosy skin after your appointment is normal, as is sensitivity, but will calm within a day or so.
Here are some steps to follow after your appointment to maximize results and minimize any side effects, though there are very few to begin with.
- Make sure to hydrate your skin with non-harsh moisturizers
- Avoid topical prescription medications
- Sunscreen is a must if you are out in the sun (great tip for any time you are outdoors!)
- Your skin will be a little dry so don’t worry if you see slight flaking
- Avoid other treatments or shaving for at least 3 days
- No saunas or steam rooms as well, lots of sweating can sting your newly rejuvenated skin
- Results can vary, but most clients go back after 1 or 2 months to keep their skin looking luminous.
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In the time it takes to grab lunch and get back to the office, you can get radiant, glowing skin with a painless and comfortable treatment. Self-care is more important than ever and we want you to feel the best you can to tackle anything the day throws at you!
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