Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic technique that uses a mechanical medium for exfoliation to remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells from the epidermis. The exfoliation is achieved by small inert aluminium oxide crystals that are gently blown onto the skin and simultaniously ‘vacuumed’ off the skin. This non-invasive procedure is performed in the clinic by our trained skin care therapists.
Recently cosmetic scrub products that contain fine grit made from the pits of various fruits and from other materials are using the term microdermabrasion in their marketing, and this should not be confused with the clinical version.
After microdermabrasion, skin will be much more sensitive to sun exposure. It is best to keep out of the sun and wear sunscreen at all times after the procedure. This treatment can temporarily decrease the appearance of superficial hyperpigmentation, and photo-damage, as well as diminish fine lines, wrinkles, and shallow acne scars. Removing the dead skin will aid in the penetration of skin care and make-up will go on more smoothly. Microdermabrasion should not be done for individuals who suffer rosacea or has couperosis and/or telangictasia (facial veins), and the treatment can agrivate and worsen these conditions.
The first microdermabrasion unit was developed in Italy in 1985. By the end of 1996, the FDA issued the first approval letter for microdermabrasion machines. In January 1997, the first microderm machine was being sold and marketed in the US.
• To overcome specific skin concerns, we recommend a series of 6 facial treatments, one facial 1-2 time per week.
• For maintenance of skin health, it is recommended to have facials every 4 -6 weeks.