What is Microdermabrasion?

What is Microdermabrasion?  Microdermabrasion is the process of exfoliating the skin using fine abrasive grains and a vacuum suction.  The speed and level of suction are adjusted based on the sensitivity of the skin being treated.  The process is painless and has been compared to the feel of a cat licking your skin.  Recovery time is minimal to none and you can return to regular daily activity immediately.

Microdermabrasion removes the skin cells of only the few very top layers of skin, the epidermis.  The process should not be confused with the Dermabrasion, a surgical procedure that deals with the dermis, a lower layer of skin.  The top layer of the epidermis is the Stratum Corneum, the layer of the skin that absorbs the makeup and creams that we apply each day.  It is also the layer that houses our imperfections, like wrinkles and blemishes.  Makeup and creams should not be applied immediately after the treatment, however it is said that some topical medications actually work better due to the increased absorption right after the treatment.

I usually recommend microdermabrasion for clients who need a very deep clean, have mild acne, have acne discoloration, or have very superficial acne scars.  Clients with more severe scars or acne may benefit better from laser treatments.  It is very important to me that you feel comfortable and understand each procedure.  This is only a basic description of microdermabrasion, so please ask if you have any questions.

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