What is microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is an effective, non-surgical way to get rid of acne scars, fine wrinkles and sunspots by exfoliating the top layers of the skin. No chemicals or laser beams are used, only micro crystals that gently sandblasts your skin, leaving it smooth and fresh. Microdermabrasion also stimulates collagen production, helping your skin rejuvenate faster than normal. Microdermabrasion treatment takes up to one hour and has no downtime.

What does microdermabrasion involve?

Your skin is first cleansed with the same products used on a normal facial. The Therapist then starts the microdermabrasion procedure using a hand-held device. The micro crystal flow is sandblasted through a small tube pressed against the skin. The tube also vacuums back dead skin cells and used micro crystals. The crystal flow starts as soon as the microdermabrasion wand touches your skin. The Therapist slowly moves the wand across your entire face and not just on treated areas, so that you don’t experience inconsistency in skin texture or colour. After microdermabrasion, your skin is soothed with a mask, moisturiser and SPF cream, allowing you to go back to your daily routine immediately after treatment.

What should I ask at the first microdermabrasion consultation?

A first microdermabrasion consultation doesn’t take more than a few minutes. Discuss your medical history with the Therapist and help her decide whether microdermabrasion is right for you. She will establish your skin type, explain what’s involved and help you set reasonable goals and expectations. Ask about any contraindications and involved risks.

Is microdermabrasion suitable for me?

If the goal is to get rid of superficial acne scars, blotchy skin, large pores, age or sun spots, fine wrinkles or uneven skin tone and texture, you are a perfect candidate for microdermabrasion. All skin types can be treated with microdermabrasion, but before you go ahead, talk to your Therapist about your medical history. There are conditions which may make microdermabrasion unsuitable for you.

How many treatments are required?

Your Therapist can give you a rough idea of the number of microdermabrasion sessions needed for best results. Major changes are obvious after the fifth session, even though most patients say they observed improvements after the first two. We suggest 5 microdermabrasion treatments, scheduled around two weeks apart, so the skin has time to recover between sessions. After the recommended number of sessions, you may have to schedule another abrasion once every two or three months, to maintain the effects.

Will I experience any discomfort during the treatment? Does it hurt?

Most people do not find microdermabrasion painful. You may feel some discomfort initially but the strength of the treatment can be adjusted according to your skin type and condition, but as microdermabrasion treatment continues, your skin gets used to crystal flow. It feels like the mild facial massage from a special wand. Your face may appear a little pinkish in the first 24 hours, but you should not experience any itchiness or pain.

How do I prepare for microdermabrasion?

One of the advantages of microdermabrasion is almost no pre-treatment needs. No pre-medication is needed but your Therapist may ask you to stop taking aspirin-based medicines, Retin-A, any other form of Retinol, or glycolic acid products. Stopping smoking a week before microdermabrasion is also recommended to improve blood flow and so is avoiding sunbathing and waxing.

How soon can I return to work?

You can return to work the minute you leave Embody Wellness. If your skin might look reddish, like after mild sunburn, but most of the time after the mask it calms down.

When do microdermabrasion results become visible?

That depends on your skin. Some patients reported changes after the first treatment. Your skin will look radiant, cleaner and healthier after a few sessions, but major changes (like reduction of fine lines and scars) become visible after five treatments.

Is there maintenance treatment after microdermabrasion?

After a complete series of microdermabrasion treatments, you may want to keep your skin looking smooth and younger by scheduling a microdermabrasion-maintenance session once every month or every 3 months depending on results you want to achieve.

What should I expect after treatment?

You will need a sunscreen hydrating moisturiser after microdermabrasion, to avoid sun damage after leaving. Some redness might occur on treated areas, but they generally disappear after a few hours. During the first 24 hours, your skin may feel dry, similarly to effects of a mild wind or sunburn. Use lots of moisturiser during the first few days. Avoid sun exposure for at least a week after the treatment, don’t use any peeling products for the next 3-4 days and avoid full-face make up (liquid foundation or pressed powder) on the day of your treatment.

Are there any microdermabrasion contraindications?

Microdermabrasion is not recommended to keratosis sufferers, people with undiagnosed lesions, active rosacea or active inflamed acne, diabetes, auto-immune disorders, fragile capillaries, eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis or lupus. Recent laser surgery or Accutane acne treatment may also be sound reasons for your doctor not to recommend microdermabrasion. Discuss your medical history to your Therapist if unsure.

Are there any risks involved?

Microdermabrasion is virtually risk-free. It is non-invasive and mild, so you have nothing to worry about.

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