Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical procedure that removes and “vacuums” the outer keratin layer of the skin. The skin’s surface is mildly disrupted during treatment, prompting a possible cell division that can stimulate fibroblast activity and strengthen collagen fibres. As a result, your skin will feel immediately refreshed and renewed.
What can medical microdermabrasion treat?
Medical microdermabrasion treatments can be used to combat the following skin conditions:
Dry/Flaky or Oily Skin
Uneven Skin Tones
How do I know if I’m suitable for treatment?
Microdermabrasion is a safe procedure that can be performed on anyone regardless of skin type, age or gender (please note, however, that we do require our clients to be 16 or older).
Be aware, though, that certain skin types and conditions can be negatively affected by a microdermabrasion treatment. Patients who may experience harmful effects include:
Anyone suffering from moderate to severe active acne. Microdermabrasion treatments can spread these infections. Remember, microdermabrasion does not cure acne, although it can help with mild cases. If you have active acne, the first step is to treat the specific cause of the acne (our clinicians can advise you on treatments that are appropriate for your individual diagnosis). Once the acne is taken care of, you can then undergo a microdermabrasion procedure to remedy any residual damage (such damage can include pitted acne scars, hyperpigmentation marks and uneven skin tones).
Patients diagnosed with dermal pigmentation and melasma. In such cases, microdermabrasion can make conditions worse.
Anyone with severe rosacea. The mechanical exfoliation that occurs during microdermabrasion procedures can aggravate this disorder.
Patients with eczema/dermatitis. Microdermabrasion can over-stimulate the skin cells and lead to further eczema/dermatitis outbreaks.
Anyone with a recent suntan or sunburn. Microdermabrasion treatments performed on suntanned or sunburnt skin surfaces are unsafe. Patients interested in microdermabrasion will need to start wearing sunblock (with a minimum SPF of 30) to protect the skin every day.
Patients suffering from vitiligo (which means that melanocytes within the affected areas have stopped producing pigment). Microdermabrasion does not help in such cases.
Anyone diagnosed with an active skin infection such as a cold sore. Such patients will need to take anti-viral medication before proceeding with microdermabrasion treatments.
Patients taking Roaccutane. Anyone using this drug cannot be treated with microdermabrasion. You must have been off this medication for six months before commencing with microdermabrasion treatments.
Your full medical history will be reviewed during the clinic consultation process in order to assess your suitability for microdermabrasion treatment. If we see any red flags, we will not proceed.
How many treatments are required?
Even though the results are visible after the first session, full microdermabrasion treatment is given over a protracted period of time. Our clinics recommend six sessions every fourteen days. Some clients opt to receive treatment on a regular basis in order to keep their skin in optimal condition.
Keep in mind that, just like your body, your skin needs an exercise programme to keep it looking young and healthy. Regular stimulation of the epidermal layer can aid in the formation of new collagen and elastin fibres, and a steady skin regimen may therefore be required long after treatments have been completed.
Are there any possible side effects?
The most common problem is a slight discomfort of sensitive skin areas. Some redness can also be expected due to the nature of the procedure (the microdermabrasion hand piece requires some rubbing and suction motions to function appropriately). Redness may persist up to a day after treatment. Dryness may also occur as a result of microdermabrasion’s removal of the superficial layers of the epidermis. This side effect can be easily corrected by the application of an appropriate moisturiser.
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