What Is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a type of skin peeling, in which the upper layers of the skin are removed in a controlled and selective manner. A hand-held vacuum device with an abrasive tip, made from either diamond or crystal, works to mechanically remove and suction off a layer of dead skin cells and other impurities. The exfoliation occurs without the use of harsh abrasive chemicals or lasers and works solely through a mechanical action on the top layer of skin. The surrounding tissue and deepest dermal layers remain intact leading to a short downtime.
How Does Microdermabrasion Work?
Microdermabrasion works on two levels: deep exfoliation of the surface skin and rejuvenation of the upper dermal layers within the skin. This makes it a popular treatment for superficial skin problems as well as a natural anti-aging and revitalising skin rejuvenation procedure.
What Problems Areas Can Microdermabrasion Treat?
Original dermabrasion techniques were previously used exclusively for surgical scar treatment and involved going under anaesthesia to enable a deeper reach beneath the skin. With microdermabrasion, dermatologists can now provide the benefits of dermabrasion using a much gentler approach. This means delicate areas such as the mouth and eyes, as well as the décolletage, can all be treated with minimal downtime. Various skin problems such as pigmentation disorders, cornification, acne scars and a generally uneven skin tone can all be treated with microdermabrasion.
How Long Will The Effects Of Dermabrasion Last?
The firming effect is usually noticeable immediately after a microdermabrasion session. In some cases, several treatment steps are needed until the skin texture visibly improves. The exact number of treatments required will depend on the type and extent of skin damage. In order to maintain the firming and rejuvenating effects of microdermabrasion, it is recommended to have regular treatments. Our expert dermatologist will be able to provide an assessment and recommend a treatment plan to suit your individual skin health.
Who Is A Suitable Candidate For Microdermabrasion?
The lack of harsh chemicals and non-ablative penetration of the device means microdermabrasion is suitable for all skin types, including those with sensitive skin. Treatment should, however, be avoided with fresh acne scars, warts, open wounds or areas of active inflammation. Patients with active herpes must also refrain from treatment temporarily.