Microdermabrasion is the most natural way to effectively and safely exfoliate the skin without chemicals or lasers. The exfoliation process revitalizes dull skin by utilizing ultra-fine crystals to remove the outer layer of the epidermis. It cleanses clogged pores and stimulates rapid skin cell-turnover, thereby giving the skin a firm and even texture.
At Naturabella, we have put together some of the most commonly asked questions about microderms and our answers to these questions.
Are You a Candidate For Microdermabrasion?
Best candidates are individuals with uneven skin texture, acne prone, blotchy skin, small scars, and large pores.
It is not recommended for those who have active keloids, undiagnosed lesions, recent herpes outbreaks, warts, active, severe acne, active rosacea, unstable diabetes or auto-immune system disorders.
How do microderms aid in anti-aging?
When we are younger, our skin renews itself at a much faster pace, but as we age, this process slows down tremendously. The sebaceous glands that produce oil also slow production, therefore causing our skin to tighten and get drier with age. Without properly removing dead skin cells, our skin gets thicker and duller. Microderms will sough off the old dead skin, and forces your skin cells to turnover to reveal smoother, younger skin.
How many treatments are necessary to see results?
You will see results after the first treatment, however the most dramatic results will be seen between 3-6 treatments.
How often should Microdermabrasion be performed?
Once every two weeks for the first 4-5 treatments. From there a maintenance schedule of once every 4-6 weeks is usually recommended.
Is Microdermabrasion only for the face?
No, it can be performed on any part of the body.
What to Expect During a Treatment
Patients have attributed the sensation of a microdermabrasion treatment to a slight windburn. Although depending upon the level that you wish to reach the discomfort is usually quite minimal, if at all. The treatments typically last 20 to 30 minutes for the face, if your treatment includes the neck and upper chest area, it may last up to an hour.
A normal course of microdermabrasion treatments varies between 4 to 8 at approximately 2-week intervals. It is recommended that you schedule an additional treatment every 1 to 3 months to maintain your skin in excellent condition. Most patients actually feel and see a difference just after one or two treatments but schedule additional treatments to increase this improvement.
After The Treatment
* A rehydrating toner, moisturizer and sunscreen are applied to your skin prior to leaving the surgeon or dermatologist's office.
* Some redness is expected after a treatment, however this is not likely to persist more than a few hours. The sensation of having a mild windburn or sunburn will also pass after a few hours. Applying a high quality moisturizer to re-hydrate the skin at this point will help.
* Avoid direct sun exposure for 7 days after a treatment. We do stress the importance of using a high quality sun protectant product as well as minimizing sun exposure. Exposure to UV radiation is one of the key factors in speeding the skin aging process.
* Avoid Alpha-Hydroxy Acid, Glycolic Acid products and skin exfoliation scrubs for 72 hours both before and after a treatment.
* Avoid full face make-up, i.e. liquid foundations or pressed powder foundations for 24 hours after a treatment. Eye make-up, lipstick etc. may be applied immediately after a treatment.
What Results Are Gained From Microdermabrasion?
Your skin will feel vibrant and healthy and you will notice an immediate difference in your softer, smoother skin. There is virtually no recovery time, no discomfort and you can return to work immediately.
What will the skin look like after a treatment?
Responses vary from person to person. You may experience a little redness and irritation for a period of 2-24 hours. A day or two after treatment, you may start to peel, and you may not peel evenly in all areas, simply keep your skin hydrated with a moisturizer containing sunscreen. After the peeling (if any) has subsided, your new skin will appear healthy and smooth, at which point you will need to continue to avoid prolonged sun exposure for up to a week.