Updated: Mar 22, 2019
Microdermabrasion is a commonly requested and performed exfoliation treatment. Using a device that applies suction to the skin, usually with a crystal or abrasive tip, the tool is passed over the skin under pressure, suctioning away dirt, debris and dead skin cells. This provides instant gratification of smooth, clean skin, and will help your at home products penetrate deeper into the skin.
This physical form of exfoliation is performed on many skins, and is often misused, or performed on a skin that may not be suitable, which can cause long-term negative effects. Microdermabrasion can be very abrasive and harmful to the skin, causing inflammation, broken capillaries, aggravate acne, rosacea and cause further dehydration or impair the skins barrier defence systems through harsh physical exfoliation, and lack of antioxidant delivery. There is only a very small range of skin “types & conditions” suitable for this type of exfoliation treatment, and should always be used in conjunction with suitable at home skin care, to avoid any future complications. Accurate skin assessment is key.
Although this treatment provides the skin with initial improvements of the look and feel of the skin, long term this treatment does not provide the skin with any protective, preventative or regenerative benefits. I have chosen to offer Microdermaplaning and Clinical Peels as a form of exfoliation to my clients. Both treatments resurface the skin and speed up cellular turnover resulting in a smoother, vibrant complexion.
Microdermaplaning is used as a gentle exfoliation treatment, correcting existing skin concerns & enhancing product and peel penetration. Microdermaplaning is safer for a larger variety of skin types because it doesn’t “suck” or “pull” or use harsh physical exfoliation on the skin the way microdermabrasion does, which is not suitable for skin that is sensitive, thinning, prone to rosacea, menopausal or “flushed” skin or those who are using Retin- A, Tretinoin, or antibiotics. The extra benefits of Microdermaplaning vs. Microdermabrasion is that it also removes the “peach fuzz” or vellus hair from the facial skin, leaving you with a dramatically smooth canvas, that makeup glides onto effortlessly. Unlike Microdermabrasion or waxing, there is no trauma to the skin. Treatment is suitable for a majority of skin types, also clients using Retin A, topical Tretinoin and antibiotics.
Contrary to what you might think, Microdermaplaning will not make your hair grow back thicker or darker. Once your hair begins to grow back it might feel different because the hair was cut straight across, but it's actually the same texture as before and grows at the same speed. It also just might seem thicker because the hair was bluntly cut by the scalpel, versus having a natural point to it. This is not visible, and does not change the anatomy or structure of the hair follicle itself.
Clinical Peels can be catered to a variety of skin types and conditions, and specifically to you skin requirements, reducing inflammation, lightening and inhibiting pigment production, treating acne and post inflammatory pigment, treat pre-existing sun damage, and equip the skin with peptides & antioxidants to further prevent UVA/UVB damage.
The ingredients within the peels combine synergistically to exfoliate the stratum corneum. This increases cellular turnover, improves hydration, texture and tone. It reduces pore size and fine lines giving the skin a more youthful appearance. There is a peel that is suitable to all skin types.
Microdermaplane treatments start at $125, combined with a peel the cost is $199, or a clinical peel on its own is $150. Treatments are recommended on a 4-8 week schedule, and a home care routine needs to be followed to ensure optimum results that are maintained.
All treatments include Hyaluronic Peptide mask application, LED light treatment is recommended and can be included in treatment for $30.
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