What is Microdermabrasion?
The microdermabrasion procedure is a non-surgical skin treatment that refinishes the top layers of damaged skin, stimulates collagen production, and rejuvenates the new layers of skin beneath. Microdermabrasion safely and effectively removes dead or damaged skin cells and improves the skin’s appearance. The procedure exfoliates with a jet of fine mineral crystals passing over the skin’s surface. The crystals and dead skin cells are then vacuumed up, resulting in skin that is clearer, softer, smoother, fresher, and younger-looking *.
Why Get a Microdermabrasion Treatment?
Microdermabrasion is particularly helpful in the treatment of many skin imperfections on the face or body. These include:
- Aging skin
- Dry and flaky skin
- Dull and devitalized skin
- Sun damage
- Blotchiness and uneven skin tone
- Poor skin texture
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Scars from acne or chickenpox
Though results vary*, many patients will see an improvement in the texture and tone of their skin and will be pleased with their beautiful, fresh skin.
This is a gentle and quick application with virtually no discomfort and no downtime *. Normal activities can be resumed immediately. Results appear gradually, with optimal improvement usually visible after the fourth, fifth, or sixth treatment *. Some conditions may require more treatments. Regular monthly maintenance will keep results beautiful.
What Do I Need to Do Before the Microdermabrasion Treatment?
For best results, we recommend patients avoid waxing, prolonged sun exposure, and any aggressive skin procedures two weeks prior to their Microdermabrasion treatment.
What Happens During the Microdermabrasion Procedure?
During a microdermabrasion treatment, your technician will use a handpiece that is placed against the skin. These dermabrasion crystals exfoliate the skin, and the mild suction created by the microdermabrasion system removes the skin debris and crystals. The procedure is not painful and usually takes about 30 minutes.
Avoid the use of exfoliating products for 5-7 days after your treatment. Apply moisturizer regularly in the days following your treatment to maintain levels of skin hydration. Apply sunscreen daily. This is essential following all treatments due to possible short-term increases in light sensitivity of your skin. Direct sun exposure and tanning beds should be avoided for two weeks after your treatment, and preferably lifelong, as UV rays increase the likelihood of increased pigmentation in your skin.
How Often can I get Microdermabrasion?
For best results, treatments every 4-6 weeks is recommended.
Is the microdermabrasion treatment right for me?
All skin types and skin colours may benefit from this process. The first thing you should do is book a consultation with a skincare specialist who offers microdermabrasion – ensure you choose a trained technician who can properly assess your skin. CosMedics skin care clinic offers this effective treatment and we can help you determine if this is the best method to treat your skin.
Typically, a good candidate for a microdermabrasion facial would be someone who has:
- Scars from minor injuries or surgery if they are not too deep
- Acne scars or chicken pox scars
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Minor growths on the surface of the skin caused by conditions such as rosacea
Our physicians might recommend a different treatment if you have an active skin infection, a compromised immune system that can delay healing, a previous facelift, use certain acne medication, or have experienced abnormal scarring in the past.
How to Get Started
If you’re interested in learning more about microdermabrasion or to see if it is the right skin care treatment for you, book a consultation to get started!