What is it?
Microdermabrasion is a type of exfoliation performed during a facial. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells, helping to encourage cell turnover and giving skin a “fresher” look. It is part of a full facial treatment, which includes serum, mask and face massage.
How does it work?
The microdermabrasion machine uses a powerful electronic vacuum to spray corundum crystals across the skin surface through a pressurized wand. The speed of the crystal flow causes an abrasive action that gently removes the surface layers of the skin, allowing smoother, fresher skin to emerge, and allowing for better absorption of products.
What results can I expect?
Individual results vary but generally microdermabrasion improves skin tone, texture, elasticity, and colour, refines large pores, fine lines and wrinkles, and reduces the appearance of age/sun spots. Clients can generally see some improvement in skin texture with the first treatment; however, a series of treatments, usually about 2 weeks apart, provides optimal skin rejuvenation benefits. One treatment per month is recommended to prevent aging or to maintain results after a series of treatments.
*Clients should keep in mind that results are SLOW AND PROGRESSIVE *
Microdermabrasion is NOT for:
- Skin with open or raised lesions, including cold sores
- Eczema or psoriasis
- Inflammatory acne
- Diabetics (insulin dependent)
- Those who are HIV positive
- Those taking prescription drugs such as anti-coagulents, Accutane, thyroid meds, meds that cause photosensitivity (must be off for a min. of 6 mos.)
- Those taking Retinol-A or AHAs (must discontinue use min. one week prior to microdermabrasion and may resume 3 weeks after treatment)
- Those who will be exposed to strong sunlight or wind (e.g. sailing, skiing, sun bathing)
- Those who have recently had laser treatments or chemical peels, or on areas that have recently been waxed.
What aftercare is involved?
You should be relaxed and experience virtually no discomfort or recovery. You may have some redness immediately after the procedure and/or tightness or the feeling of mild sunburn for a few days. It is important that you keep the skin hydrated for the next few days by drinking plenty of water, and applying extra moisturizer, as needed. Also, avoid the sun when possible and USE SUNSCREEN (SPF 15-35).