Dull, tired, grey skin? Don’t put up with it! Give your skin an amazing exfoliation and reveal a glowing, new you.
As we age, the automatic process of exfoliation and cell renewal slows down. Sometimes the body needs a little help. Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure in which the dead outermost surface of the skin is partially or completely removed by light abrasion.
The removal of the dead skin cells reveals the softer more youthful looking skin cells underneath.
The superficial abrasion of the skin also triggers the body’s own natural repair mechanism which triggers the production of new collagen and rehydrates and replenishs the recently abraded area. This has a remarkable softening action on surface lines and wrinkles.
Common treatment conditions for skin resurfacing include:
- Blackheads & Whiteheads
- Fine Wrinkles
- Sun Damaged Skin
- Acne Prone Skin
- Superficial Age Spots
- Oily Skin
The average Particle Skin Resurfacing procedure takes less than 30 minutes, depending upon the skin condition, the area to be treated, and the desired outcome. Many will notice improvements in the texture and appearance of their skin immediately after the first treatment.
The benefits of the Particle Skin Resurfacing procedure over dermabrasion, acid peels, and laser peels include:
- Little Pain or Discomfort
- No Recuperative Period
- Minimal Risk
- Treats All Skin Types
- No Anaesthesia
- No Down Time
Will Microdermabrasion Help Me?
The treatment involves using a highly controlled flow of fine, medical grade crystals to remove the dead, outermost layer of skin – this removal is called “exfoliation”. The skin exfoliation process reveals the new, living cells that are soft, smooth and receptive to nutrients.
The procedure is performed using a hand piece that the clinician passes over the skin. This evenly removes the stratum corneum, the outermost layer of skin. At the same time the underlying epidermis is also stimulated by the abrasion and the vacuum. This promotes new collagen which thickens the dermis and improves resistance to ageing.
Acne and Its Causes
Acne is a common problem facing millions of people. The problem begins within our skin as it naturally produces oil in our sebaceous gland. The bacteria which cause acne begin to metabolize the oil made by our sebaceous gland. The resulting metabolized oil is irritating to our skin.
As the skin becomes increasingly irritated our hair follicles will become plugged and collect debris. This debris then erupts down into the deeper layer of our skin, the dermis. This debris is an intruder in the dermis, a foreign body, which doesn’t belong there. As a result our body attempts to get rid of this foreign body with an inflammatory response.
Penetration of Topical Medicines Improved with Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion can be helpful with acne, not only by removing some of the debris plugged in the follicles, but also to improve the efficacy of topical anti-acne treatments. By removing the skin’s superficial protective layer, microdermabrasion aides the traditional acne medications by increasing their penetration into the skin.
Microdermabrasion & Acne Scars
Microdermabrasion can effectively smooth very superficial acne scars, but cannot completely remove acne scars. Microdermabrasion works by removing the skin’s dead cells on the very surface of the skin, usually with abrasive particulate creams or paddles.
By essentially ‘sanding down’ the skin’s dead cells and increasing cell turnover, microdermabrasion improves skin smoothness and texture, but will not remove acne scars. Particularly deep acne scars will not be removed by microdermabrasion.
Acne Scars and Why They Are Difficult to Treat
Acne is caused as our body’s oil glands produce oil which acne-causing bacteria then metabolize. This oil is irritating to the skin, clogging pores and trapping debris. As our body struggles to remove this foreign debris, a natural inflammatory response ensues. This causes a wound in our skin, and we end up with a scar. Acne scarring, like any other scarring, is the result of a wound in the skin, which then heals, leaving too much collagen behind.
The reason acne scars are so difficult to treat is because they typically reside in deeper layers of the skin, making treatment with topical techniques, like microdermabrasion, less successful.
Microdermabrasion Decrease Pigment
Microdermabrasion helps increase cell turnover and decreases the amount of pigment which can be delivered to the skin cells which can help in an overall regimen for lightening the skin.
Age Spots, Causes and Treatment
Age spots are blemishes on the skin’s surface caused by excessive sun exposure. As we age our skin is subjected to increasing amounts of sun damage. This sun damage will materialize on our skin in a number of ways, including sun or ‘age spots’.
Age Spots are those brown discolorations people often see on their face, hands, shoulders, chest and arms. This is particularly the case for people who have spent a good amount of their lives in the sun. This hyperpigmentation, as it is also known, is the result of sun damage caused to the cells of the skin and is most common in lighter skinned people.
Age spots are not caused by aging. If you are out in the sun a great deal, you will develop these brown spots more quickly than an older person who spends no time in the sun.
Microdermabrasion can remove superficial dead skin cells helping to improve the look of age spots and partially lighten them.
Microdermabrasion works by removing the skin’s dead cells and increasing the cell turnover rate of our skin. The look of fines lines and wrinkles can be improved with a procedure like microdermabrasion, at least superficially, by improving skin texture and smoothing the rough superficial skin layer.
Improving Skin Texture
The stratum corneum is removed during a microdermabrasion session. This layer is particularly troubling as it is where make-up and debris often become caked-on and exaggerate the look of our wrinkles and fine lines. By removing this layer, microdermabrasion can improve the look of skin texture.
Wrinkles and Fine Lines, Our Enemy
Most people assume wrinkles and lines on our faces are the natural result of aging, but they are not. The sun is the greatest cause of wrinkled and damaged skin. Skin on a person’s back or buttocks (any area usually protected from the sun) is always less wrinkled and damaged than the face. This is due to the fact that the sun is the single greatest source of damage to the skin causing wrinkles and fine lines. If our skin is protected from sun damage, either with sunscreen or by sun avoidance, we will see less wrinkling and fine lines.
How many treatments will I need?
Medical Medical Microdermabrasion shows an immediate effect after just one treatment. However, improved effects can be obtained by having combined COSMEDIX Peels with the Medical Medical Microdermabrasion, or regular Medical Medical Microdermabrasion treatments.
The frequency of such treatments will depend on the clients skin type and what they wish to achieve from the treatment.
If a specific problem is being addressed, a course of 5 sessions is usually required.