What is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion, sometimes referred to as “microderm”, “lunchtime peel”, “Parisian Peel”, and “Diamond Peel”, is a very popular, machine-assisted, non-surgical procedure which gently resurfaces the skin. The diamond tip of the microdermabrasion machine brushes the skin’s surface with the help of a gentle vacuum to remove dead and damaged cells at the skin’s surface. By microdermabrasion, the skin is left soft, fluffy, and elastic while forcing the regeneration of new skin cells.
In microdermabrasion there are no needles or anesthetics required. The vacuum pressure and speed are adjusted depending on the sensitivity and tolerance of the skin
At Raaz- Secret to Velvet Skin Clinic, microdermabrasion is combined with a classic facial which includes cleansing, treatment creams, a mask, and extractions if necessary.
Raaz- Secret to Velvet Skin Medi Spa & Clinic uses only FDA approved microdermabrasion systems to effectively minimize the appearance of scars, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, sun damaged skin, blemishes, dull and congested skin, uneven skin tones, textural damaged skin, and enlarged pores.
Some Tips on Microdermabrasion
- There are no specific age or sex restrictions for Microdermabrasion. Typically children
over the age of 16 up to adults age 65 can get microdermabrasion.
- Microdermabrasion is not a laser
- It is not useful for deep acne scars or deep wrinkles.
- It better absorbs moisturizers.
- Minimal to no recovery time is required after microdermabrasion and most people
immediately return to daily activity after a session.
- Makeup and non-irritating creams can usually be applied right after microdermabrasions.
- Studies have shown that microdermabrasion can even temporarily facilitate the
absorption of some topical medications through increasing the permeability of the skin.
- It is an affordable professional treatment with a fairly low cost, averaging $100-$250 per
- Most often, microdermabrasion may be repeated every three to four weeks for optimal
- Microdermabrasion facials are usually kept at 2-3 week intervals and maintenance
treatments are usually performed once a month.
- Men and women of any skin type or colour can benefit from Microdermabrasion.
- Depending on the condition of your skin, our skin therapists may advise multiple treatments and/or combining microdermabrasion with Chemical peels, Photo Rejuvenation, and Laser Facial treatments for optimal results.
Before beginning microdermabrasion treatments, we encourage all clients to visit us for a
complimentary skin consultation at the clinic for free. At this time we will analyze your skin and provide recommendations for what treatment is best for you based on your skin’s needs and your personal goals for your skin. But you should know that individual results may vary.
Before choosing microdermabrasion treatment, you should consider the following tips:
- Before starting the microdermabrasion treatment, eye protection such as eye pads or
goggles may be placed. (Only for Crystal system)
- Often the skin may be prepared and cleaned of makeup and oils.
- Not local anesthetic is required.
- The skin will be stretched to provide some tension in order to achieve the most effective
abrasion and vacuum.
- The hand piece is moved over the skin with repeated single, smooth passes. Usually,
two to four passes per area are sufficient.
The treatment of microdermabrasion can be performed by a physician, a nurse, a medical aesthetician, or other trained After Microdermabrasion treatment:
- the skin may become noticeably smoother even after one treatment,
- your skin may feel tight,
- you may experience light flaking of the skin. Therefore, it is important to use a good
moisturizer as advised by our skin therapist,
- It is important to take care of your skin after microdermabrasion by avoiding direct
sunlight and applying a suitable sunscreen with SPF over 30 every 2 hours.
- Mild pinkness of the skin is the desired outcome and usually resolves within minutes to
hours after microdermabrasion. In addition, mild exfoliation of skin may occur as well.
medical personnel. It is recommended for patients to consult a dermatologist or medical aesthetician before starting any resurfacing treatment
- Potential side effects of microdermabrasion are minimal and this is a very safe procedure.
- While there is no age maximum, mature skin over age 70 may have slightly higher risks of bruising and skin abrasions.
- Patients may also experience mild sunburn-like sensation for a few days.
- Photosensitivity may be increased after treatment.
- Common minor, temporary side effects include slight skin tightness, redness, bruising, and sensitivity.
- post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH),
- small skin abrasions,
- spots of bleeding,
- eye-skin bruising (especially if you are taking aspirin or other blood thinners),
- fine broken blood vessels (telangiectasia),
- and cold sore reactivation around the lips. (Cold sore reactivation may uncommonly occur after microderm around lips. If you have had a lot of previous cold sores, consider either avoiding treatment around the lip borders or asking your doctor about taking an antiviral pill prophylactically. A typical cold sore prevention regimen may be to start an antiviral pill like acyclovir (Zovirax) 800 mg or Val acyclovir (Valtrex) 1 gram once a day starting the day before and continuing for one to two days after your treatment. Antiviral creams are not effective against cold sore prevention.)
- In addition, if an individual is on isotretinoin (Accutane) or has taken this medication within the previous six to 12 months, resurfacing treatments such as microdermabrasion may not be appropriate due to the potential increased risk of scarring. As the potential risk is very slight, some dermatologists may treat patients on isotretinoin with gentler sessions.