MicroDermabrasion is a facial-electrical exfoliation treatment which is incorporated into your hour long facial appointment. The abrasive nature of the treatment removes dead and dull skincells, your face will feel super soft and your complexion much fresher and brighter!
A series of treatments can:
- Effectively reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Lessen the effects of acne scarring and stretchmarks
- Increase the production of brand new skincells so helps restore elasticity
What is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a procedure where the dead, outermost surface of the skin, the “Stratum Corneum” is partially or totally removed by light abrasion. The removal of these dead skin cells reveals the softer, more youthful looking skin cells underneath.
Microdermabrasion is an effective alternative to more expensive and more invasive procedures like chemical peels, Botox injections or plastic surgery. Also known as an “instant facelift”, Microdermabrasion is already popular with women and more recently, lots of men are having Microdermabrasion instead of having cosmetic surgery.
Microdermabrasion is usually carried out on the face, neck, chest, arms or hands.
How does Microdermabrasion work?
To understand how Microdermabrasion works, we need to look at how the skin works:
- Skin has 2 main layers, the Epidermis and the Dermis. The Epidermis is the outside layer. The Stratum Corneum is the outermost part of the Epidermis and consists of 15-20 layers of dead cells (Corneocytes).
- Beneath the Stratum Corneum is another layer of cells that are in the process of maturing.
The main purpose of the Stratum Corneum is to act as a barrier to protect underlying tissue. The Stratum Corneum is the location of many minor skin imperfections such as fine wrinkle lines and blemishes. When lotions or creams are applied to your skin, some of the moisture passes through the Stratum Corneum, but not all of it.
The Microdermabrasion treatment works at the Stratum Corneum level. When the layers of the Stratum Corneum are removed or abraded by the Microdermabrasion wand, the body interprets this as a mild injury and quickly replaces the lost skin cells with new and healthy ones. Typically Microdermabrasion causes mild swelling and redness within 1 hour of treatment. Depending on individuals, this can last between an hour to two days.
What are the benefits of Microdermabrasion?
The Microdermabrasion process has several beneficial effects. With the top layers of the Stratum Corneum removed, the skin’s surface is improved. The healing process brings newer skin cells that feel and look smoother. Some of the skin’s visible imperfections, like fine lines, blemishes and sun damage, are removed. Also, lotions and creams are more effective since more of their active ingredients and moisture can penetrate down to the lower layers of skin.
How is the Microdermabrasion carried out?
Within a salon, a beauty therapist will use a special tool to carry out the microdermabrasion procedure. The tool has a diamond tipped wand and a powerful vacuum pump. The vacuum action of the machine has three main functions:
- It pulls and raises a small section of skin to work on.
- It creates mild swelling and brings some of the impurities to the surface.
- It collects the dead skin for disposal.
The beauty therapist will move the wand over the target area, applying even and steady pressure to remove the Stratum Corneum without affecting the lower skin layers. Clients often compare the feeling of the Microdermabrasion treatment to be similar to the feeling of a cat licking someone, a rough but gentle texture.