Microdermabrasion

For a younger looking, softer, smoother skin that glows with health.

Our skin has a natural skin cell renewal cycle of approximately 30 days.  As the skin renews, dead skin cells ‘build up’ and thicken the Stratum Corneum, the outermost layer of the skin, resulting in a dull, lifeless complexion.  Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical, non-invasive procedure that gently exfoliates this build up of dead skin cells to reveal younger, smoother and softer skin. This treatment is rapidly becoming one of the most popular superficial peeling therapies.

Q&A

How does Microdermabrasion work?
A fine stream of tiny particles combined with vacuum is traced over the skin from an applicator pen mechanically removing the dead skin cell layers. The whole face and neck is usually treated, however particular attention is paid to the clients specific areas of concern.

How is the treatment carried out?
The skin is cleansed and the therapist works over the entire face and neck starting with either the neck or the forehead. The applicator pen is moved in short, quick and light strokes over the surface of the skin. After the entire face has been exfoliated any problem issues are addressed further as the clinician can focus specifically on localised areas. Once treatment is complete, a suitable calming mask may be applied followed by moisturiser and sunscreen.

How does the treatment feel?
Treatments are comfortable with a slight tingling sensation, not unlike mild sand paper rubbing against the skin. A flushed, mild windburn sensation is experienced for a short time after treatment.

What are the immediate results?
Improved skin brightness, softness, a more even colour and a short term plumping to the skin. Softening of the appearance of acne scarring and other surface irregularities leaving a polished, smooth surface.

Are there any side effects?
Side effects are not usually experienced however it is not uncommon for the skin to be red for 24 hours afterwards. The skin may also be slightly dry and flaky for 3 – 4 days after treatment. Suitable moisturisers can be purchased from the clinic.

Am I suitable for treatment?
Microdermabrasion is safe for use on all skin colours and types. It is not suitable for very sensitive skins or those suffering with Rosacea.

Benefits of the treatment are:

Reduction of enlarged pores as cellular debris is cleared from congested skin
Deep exfoliation of acne / traumatic scarring
Reduction of pigmentation / sun damage resulting in a more even skin tone
Stimulates lymphatic drainage to remove toxins
Reduction of fine lines / wrinkles as the skins surface is left smoother
Improves elasticity and muscle tone in the skin
Can be used in conjunction with the Lumina Intense Pulsed Light treatment or glycolic/ salicylic peels for the ultimate skin rejuvenation.
 
How many treatments are necessary?
For problematic skin an initial course of six to twelve treatments at fortnightly intervals is recommended. However, as the skin is constantly renewing itself and as microdermabrasion is a progressive treatment most clients will return on a regular basis i.e. ever 1 – 3 months, to keep their skin looking its best.
 
How long does the treatment take?
Treatments take approximately 30 to 50 minutes and include a pre-treatment skin cleanse and the application of post-treatment skin care products.
 
What aftercare is needed?
Clients can return immediately to normal activities, however we recommend the use of sunscreen and skin care products suited to sensitive skin. Exposure to UV rays and the use of creams containing AHA’s and retinol should be avoided for 7 days.