Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion smoothes and polishes the skin and is commonly referred to as the ‘lunchtime peel’ because the procedure takes only 20 minutes to perform and most people can return to work immediately. It is lighter than chemical peels, laser resurfacing and traditional dermabrasion. It is therefore safer, but the effects are more modest. It is helpful before intense pulse light treatment because removing this outer layer of skin enables the light to penetrate deeper. All skin types can be treated, but care must be taken with red faces as this can be exacerbated. Treatable conditions include sun damaged skin, enlarged pores, oily and acne prone skin, acne scars, blackheads and whiteheads, age spots and superficial pigmentation, & fine wrinkles.

What will happen?

A vacuum and pressure system is used to move microscopically abrasive crystals over the surface of the skin. This action causes mild discomfort and removes the outer dead layer of skin. By repeating this process over the course of several weeks or months the skin feels softer and younger.

Beforehand

You should discontinue all face creams 5-7 days before treatment. Please do not wear makeup to the clinic. Plan to remove it before treatment. You will be asked to sign a consent form, your face will be gently cleansed and you will be given eye protection. The disposable applicator tip will then be moved back and forth over the skin surface, repeating in an overlapping fashion, avoiding the eyelids and soft tissue beneath the eye. It feels tight and mildly abrasive. Once the procedure is complete the crystals are brushed from your face. Your face will then be gently wiped with a cold cloth and moisturiser will be applied to the treated skin. This completes the procedure. You may apply makeup if you wish.

Aftercare

Do not do strenuous exercise for 12 hours after the initial microdermabrasion since this may cause excessive redness. Be sure to continue using a bland moisturiser. You may resume your normal skin products on the morning following the treatment, except for astringent cleansers. You may be slightly more sensitive to Retin A cream and alpha-hydroxy acids so you should avoid applying these products to the treated skin for 2 weeks. You may resume bathing and facial cleansing immediately following treatment, but avoid astringent alcohol based cleansing products for 5 to 7 days. You may be slightly more sun sensitive for 5 to 7 days following treatment. Please take the normal precautions of wearing sunblock and a hat.