Say ‘so long’ to dirt, oil and dead skin and hello to kissably soft, smooth skin.
Feeling dry, rough, damaged or dull? After continuously fighting against the sun’s harmful rays, harsh winds, toxins and pollution, eventually your complexion shows signs of battle. Microdermabrasion helps produce thicker, healthier skin layers; multiple treatments are vital because they encourage the production of a new layer of skin cells that contains higher levels of collagen and elastin. Both of these components are essential for vibrant, healthy skin, and they will further improve your complexion and the overall appearance of your skin.
Safe to use on all skin types and sensitivities, our microderm treatment effectively and gradually eliminates the outer layer of skin that has been exposed to and damaged by the elements. Approximately five to twelve treatments spaced two to three weeks apart are usually necessary to reap full microdermabrasion benefits. Convenient and virtually painless, the microdermabrasion procedure takes only 30 to 60 minutes and is commonly referred to as the “lunch hour” facial.
Treatments for face, neck, chest and other body areas can be done as a stand alone service, as part of your facial, or before another treatment allowing for maximum penetration of products and other deeper laser skin therapies.
After a series of sessions recommended by your skin care specialist, your skin imperfections will show visible improvement in overall tone, texture and brightness!
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical, non-chemical, non-invasive method of skin resurfacing that utilizes fine crystals to provide effective exfoliation and rejuvenation of the superficial layers of the skin. When more aggressive treatment is necessary, vacuum pressure can be increased to penetrate deeper layers of the skin evenly. Increasing the blood supply provides nutrients essential for skin regeneration, repair, and increased cellular turnover. In return, improving the skins’ elasticity and texture, as well as balancing the pigment.
How does the treatment work?
The skin is washed to remove excess oil and dirt. Then, our skincare professional targets a stream of fine aluminum oxide crystals over the area. The crystals abrade away old, dead skin cells, which the vacuum then picks up with gentle suction. This promotes the growth of collagen and new, rejuvenated skin. Moisturizers and sunblock are applied to the treated area.
How many treatments are required?
Initially, 5 to 8 treatments, spaced 7-10 days apart are recommended for most people. Acne scars and or discolorations may require more treatments. Monthly maintenance treatments every 2 or 3 months may be necessary to maintain results.
Is Microdermabrasion safe?
Microdermabrasion is a safe and common procedure. Unlike laser resurfacing or chemical peels, this procedure is not traumatic, and therefore there is no downtime to allow for healing and recovery. But, as always, provide your full medical history and follow your pre and post-treatment instructions.
Can I go back to work after a Microdermabrasion treatment?
YES! A few Clients notice their skin feeling tight immediately after the treatment; as if the skin was exposed to the sun or wind. You may experience a slight dryness of the skin depending upon your skin type. An effective moisturizer is applied after the treatment to prevent this drying of the skin. The skin might appear slightly red for the remainder of the day. Additionally, the client is asked to refrain from using makeup on the day of the treatment to give the skin a chance to breathe and regenerate itself.
Initially, you may feel a very mild scratching sensation as the crystals make contact with the skin. As the treatments continue, this experience compares to a deep massage. Mild redness may occur for ½ an hour to one day depending on the aggressiveness of the program.
Will there be any downtime?
One of the advantages of microdermabrasion is that it has no downtime. You can return to your routine and apply cosmetics directly after treatment.
What are the results?
Our Medical-Grade Microdermabrasion equipment provides a gentle alternative in facial rejuvenation. It has proven to be effective in the treatment of the following conditions: fine lines; enlarged or clogged pores; mild acne and complexion issues; sun damage; superficial age spots; scaly skin lesions also called keratoses; hyperpigmentation; uneven skin tone; oily skin; dry/patchy skin; acne scarring; black/whiteheads; stretch marks; and dull, lifeless skin. Also, most patients experience dramatic improvements in the color, tone, and texture of treated areas.
In general, microdermabrasion results in thicker, healthier, more youthful-looking skin. Throughout a full set of treatments, the body will produce new layers of skin containing higher levels of elastin and collagen and in turn, improving the complexion giving the skin a more radiant, vibrant glow.
How soon will results appear?
Microdermabrasion results are usually immediate and noticeable. Results improve with multiple treatments and vary depending on your individual skin quality.
How long does a Microdermabrasion treatment last?
Microdermabrasion facial treatment lasts approximately half an hour. Additional time is necessary for added areas.
Who are candidates for Microdermabrasion?
The ideal candidates for microdermabrasion are healthy adults who have relatively minor skin conditions or imperfections and realistic expectations about what microdermabrasion can and cannot do. Microdermabrasion works well for damaged skin, whether affected by acne, sun damage or aging; and skin of any type or color.
What are the benefits of Microdermabrasion over other procedures?
- Less time
- Less discomfort
- Quick recovery
- No disruptions to normal activities
- Chemical peels and laser resurfacing are most effective on the face; but not as safe and less effective on the neck, chest, and hands. Microdermabrasion is safe and effective on the face, hands, chest, neck, knees, and even elbows.
Who should avoid Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is not recommended for individuals who have deep scars, active keloids, undiagnosed lesions, a recent herpes outbreak, warts on the face, skin cancer, active acne (stages 3 and 4), sunburns or active rosacea, eczema, an auto-immune system disorder, or unstable diabetes. Pregnant women should not undergo microdermabrasion. Individuals with deep scars, facial creases, or other moderate-to-severe skin defects should consider a stronger treatment such as a chemical peel or laser skin resurfacing.
How does the treatment feel?
Microdermabrasion does not require anesthesia, although it may be mildly uncomfortable. Tightness and heat are common effects and quickly fade. The feeling is often compared to a cats’ tongue licking your face.
How long do the results last?
Lasting effects are dependant on proper skincare. Additional treatments will renew your youthful appearance. A series of six treatments over a few months is often recommended for best results, followed by regular maintenance treatments.
What are the limitations of Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is best for minor imperfections and general improvement. Those with very large or dark spots, moderate to deep wrinkles and severe scars should seek an alternative treatment.
PRE & POST CARE
- Do not use Retin-A or other exfoliating creams 24 to 72 hours (1 to 3 days) before your treatment;
- Avoid sun tanning or tanning creams/sprays for at least a week before treatment;
- You must NOT have recently had laser surgery or used Accutane;
- Candidates who have had a recent chemical peel or other skin procedure, such as collagen injections, should wait two to three weeks before undergoing microdermabrasion;
- Prospective clients should also refrain from waxing or tanning the skin to be treated for a few weeks before microdermabrasion treatment;
- Wash your face and neck with a non-oily, non-soap based cleanser before each scheduled treatment; and
- If you are prone to getting cold sores, begin taking medication for cold sores the day of treatment.
- Keep the new skin clean and moisturized;
- Anti-inflammatory creams or cold compresses may be used as necessary;
- Use a gentle cleanser;
- Trauma such as scratching or picking the treated area should be avoided;
- It is important to avoid irritating the treated skin with harsh chemicals, rubbing or tanning for one week;
- Although some peeling may occur in the treated areas, moisturizer should help minimize this effect;
- Avoid staying in the sun for at least seven (7) days after the microdermabrasion treatment to prevent UV rays from damaging your skin which slows down the recovery;
- Cient’s who absolutely cannot avoid sun exposure should use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher;
- Do not use glycolic, alpha hydroxy, beta hydroxy, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, or topical acne medications for 24-48 hours following treatment;
- You may resume prescription retinoid products (Retin A, Renova, Tretinoin, Avita, Alustra or other brands of Tretinoin and other prescription retinoid products (Adapalene, Avage, Differin, Tazorac, Tazarotene) 3 – 7 days after last microdermabrasion treatment or as instructed by your treatment provider.
The frequency and number of treatments required to achieve your desired outcome completely depend upon the condition of your skin. For optimal dramatic and sustainable results, additional treatments maybe recommended. However, one treatment can refresh the skin!
This treatment must be performed by a trained and licensed aesthetician.