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Microdermabrasion

 WHAT IS MICRODERMABRASION?

Microdermabrasion is a non-chemical, non-invasive procedure that uses a spray of micro-crystals or a diamond tip to remove the outermost layer of dry, dead skin cells and reveal younger, healthier-looking skin. Microdermabrasion also encourages the production of a new underlying layer of skin cells with higher levels of collagen and elastin, which further improves your skin’s appearance. The natural protective barrier of the skin’s surface (called the acid mantle) is somewhat compromised and therefore more prone to irritation/infection. After your microdermabrasion, we recommend using serums, moisturizer and sunscreen for optimum results.


BENEFITS OF MICRODERMABRASION

  • Reduces or eliminates fine facial lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging
  • Improves the appearance of acne scars and other light scarring
  • Microdermabrasion gives skin of all colors and types a fresh, healthy-looking glow. It does all of this with virtually no side effects.
  • And because Microdermabrasion uses non-allergenic crystals to treat the skin, it is an excellent treatment for skin that is sensitive to chemicals
  • Safe, efficient, non-surgical procedure

TYPICAL RESULTS OF MICRODERMABRASION

  • Microdermabrasion is often called a “lunch hour” treatment because it’s a quick procedure that can be performed during your lunch hour with little or no discomfort.
  • The treated skin may be pink after the treatment, but this will usually fade within a few hours.
  • Microdermabrasion recovery and results are among the most favorable of all the noninvasive facial treatments available today.


GOOD CANDIDATES FOR MICRODERMABRASION

  • In general, good Microdermabrasion candidates are adults who are in good physical health, with realistic expectations for the outcome of their treatment. 
  • People who do not have enough available time to undergo more invasive skin resurfacing treatments such as Dermabrasion, laser skin resurfacing, or deep chemical peels may also be good candidates for Microdermabrasion.


RISKS OF MICRODERMABRASION

  • Microdermabrasion does not present any serious risks when it is performed by a qualified provider. Some people may experience slight skin irritation after Microdermabrasion.
  • Since everyone’s skin and health history differ to some degree, the risk and benefits of Microdermabrasion must be considered on a case-by-case basis.

BEFORE YOUR MICRODERMABRASION TREATMENT

  • Discontinue the use of Accutane/Isotretinoin for one (1) year prior to treatment

  • Discontinue use of over the counter Retinol, Glycolic and other Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Salicylic or Beta Hydroxy Acids, or other exfoliation products three (3) days prior to treatment

  • Discontinue use of prescription Retinoid products (Retin-A, Renova, Tretinoin, Avita, Alustra or other brands of Tretinoin), other prescription Retinoid products (Adapalene, Avage, Differin, Tazorac, Tazarotene) thirty (30) days prior to treatment

  • If you are prone to cold sores, you will need to contact your physician for antiviral medication such as Famivir, Valtrex or Zovirax to avoid a post treatment breakout. It is recommended you begin prophylaxis two (2) days prior to treatment and continue for five (5) days post treatment



Discontinue the use of the following products and activities for ten (10) days prior to treatment:

  • Botox, Collagen, Juvederm, Gortex Restylane, Perlane, Alloderm or other injectables

  • Waxing, electrolysis and other hair removal products or methods

  • Stop using products that contain aspirin or salicylic acid 

  • If you can, you should not smoke for a week beforehand (it improves the circulation of blood in the skin)

  • Avoid sunbathing, sunbeds, and any chemical peels for two weeks before Microdermabrasion

  • Follow all pre-microdermabrasion home care product recommendations as instructed by your Technician to avoid possible complications.


AFTER YOUR MICRODERMABRASION TREATMENT

A skin microdermabrasion procedure can exfoliate up to 25 microns of the top surface (stratum corneum) of your skin. The stratum corneum is made up of dead skin cells that provide a buffer to your living cells. Any substance that is applied post-treatment is absorbed very quickly and deeply. A slight rosy glow, much like sunburn, may appear for approximately 24-48 hours. Your skin will feel "wind-burned" and will also be more vulnerable. The risk of getting sunburned following a treatment increases dramatically.


  • You may resume your daily activities or return to work immediately. Mineral make up can be applied following a treatment. If you experience discomfort following make-up application, remove it immediately.

  • Sunscreen will be applied to your skin before you leave. You must protect your skin every day with a full spectrum sunscreen that protects both UVA and UVB with an SPF of 30 or higher. We recommend you use a sunscreen containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to provide you with full spectrum protection. Avoid direct sun exposure. All tanning and tanning beds must be avoided during the course of treatments.

  • For the first 24-48 hours, use a mild cleanser, hydrating moisturizer, eye cream, and sunscreen. If you are treating hyperpigmentation, the use of lightening products is strongly recommended.

  • Do not use glycolic, alpha hydroxy, beta hydroxy, retinol, benzoyl peroxide or topical acne medications for three (3) days following treatment. You may resume the use of these products after this period has elapsed.

  • You may resume prescription retinoid products (Retin A, Renova, Tretinoin, Avita, Alustra or other brands of Tretinoin) and other prescription retinoid products (Adapalene, Avage, Differin, Tazorac, Tazarotene) seven (7) days after last microdermabrasion treatment, or as instructed by your technician. If you are receiving a series of treatments, do not resume any of these products until after you have completed your last microdermabrasion treatment.

  • Refrain from waxing, electrolysis or other hair removal methods for thirty (30) days. Upon resumption, please notify your technician that you recently had a microdermabrasion.

  • Refrain from Botox, collagen or other tissue filler injections for seven (7) days following a microdermabrasion treatment.

  • Avoid exercise for 24 hours after the procedure. Drink additional water. Cold compresses can provide relief from the "wind-burned" feeling.

  • Follow all post-microdermabrasion home care product recommendations as instructed by your Technician. Optimal results are achieved by following a home care regimen that will enhance the microdermabrasion process.