Microdermabrasion is a method for improving superficial environmental, aging, hereditary, and posttraumatic skin changes (for example acne, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and reduce or remove scars) by superficial, mechanically powered light abrasion, often combined with application of topical crystals (we use diamonds for the highest efficiency).
But, before we can understand how microdermabrasion does what it does, it’s important to understand how skin works.
The topmost layer is called the stratum corneum. The stratum corneum mostly acts as a barrier between the outside world and the lower skin layers. It keeps all but the smallest molecules from getting through.
When you put lotions or creams on your skin, some of the moisture passes through the stratum corneum, but not all of it. This layer is home to many minor skin imperfections like fine wrinkle lines and blemishes.
All of the action in microdermabrasion takes place at the level of the stratum corneum.
It is more superficial than ordinary dermabrasion, does not require anesthesia, and can be performed in less than an hour. The idea is that if you remove or break up the stratum corneum, the body interprets that as a mild injury and rushes to replace the lost skin cells with new and healthy ones.
This process has a few beneficial effects. With the stratum corneum gone, the skin’s surface is improved. The healing process brings with it newer skin cells that look and feel smoother.
Slowing Down the Aging Process
Also, without the stratum corneum acting as a barrier, medicinal creams and lotions are more effective because more of their active ingredients and moisture can find their way down to the lower layers of skin. As microdermabrasion temporarily removes some moisture from the skin, it is always followed by the application of moisturizing creams.
Early studies suggest that repeated microdermabrasion treatment at regular intervals may influence the way the lower layers of skin grow, as well, removing deeper blemishes over time. Some evidence seems to indicate that the rapid loss of skin moisture may be what triggers the lower skin layers to work overtime in speeding healthy cells up to the surface.
Take a look at these Before and After pictures for a few of my clients.
Silde’s Recommended Treatment
I’ve tried many machines over my 20 year career and have never seen one work quite like the one we use at our clinic now. Its’ vacuum action has four 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 gently lifts the dead skin cells across the targeted skin patch.
- It collects the used dead skin for disposal.
All of this action is performed in one swift circuit and is barely felt on the skin of my clients. The tool is moved over the target area, applying even and steady pressure to remove the stratum corneum without affecting the lower skin layers. A standard session usually consists of one to three passes with the tool. I then apply specialized lotions and creams to the affected area after your sessions. This rehydrates the area and assists in promoting healthier new skin.
Same-Day Quick Recovery
The best part about our Diamond-tip Microderm technique is that you can get back to your daily routine as soon as your treatment is done.
As time passes, each one of your sessions will be different because complete microderm facial treatments are individualized for every skin type on a continual basis as your skin improves.
Now that you know which steps to take to maintain the healthiest looking and feeling skin possible through microdermabrasion, pick up the phone and give me a call to book your free 30 minute consultation where we’ll figure out how to best approach your unique skin!
Call 613-224-2666 or email me to firstname.lastname@example.org book your free consultation today!