Introduction to Microdermabrasion - Chester Wellness Centre

Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure that involves using a device that sprays fine crystals onto the skin to remove the top layer of dead skin cells. The process takes place in a spa or dermatologist’s office and typically takes around 30 minutes to complete. The procedure works by gently exfoliating the skin, revealing the healthier, smoother skin underneath. It treats fine lines, wrinkles, acne, and uneven skin tone.

Microdermabrasion Involves:

The microdermabrasion procedure typically involves the following steps:

  1. Cleanse: The skin is clean of makeup, oils, or impurities.
  2. Exfoliation: The microdermabrasion device sprays fine crystals onto the skin. The device has a wand that is moved across the skin in a circular motion, removing the top layer of dead skin cells.
  3. Vacuum: The device’s wand also has a vacuum that removes crystals and dead skin cells.
  4. Moisturizing: After the procedure, a moisturiser or hydrating mask is applied to the skin to soothe and hydrate it.
  5. Post-treatment care: The patient must avoid sun exposure and use sunscreen for at least 24 hours after the procedure.

Overall, the procedure should be comfortable and painless, with a slight scratching sensation during the exfoliation process. Your skin might be a little red after the system, but this should subside within a few hours.

Side Effects of Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is considered a safe and effective cosmetic procedure, and as with any skin treatment, there are some potential side effects.

Common side effects of microdermabrasion include:

  • Skin redness and mild irritation, which should subside within a few hours
  • Dryness, flakiness, and tightness of the skin, which can be relieved by moisturising
  • Mild sun sensitivity, so it is advisable to avoid sun exposure and use sunscreen after the procedure
  • Mild bruising or swelling in rare cases
  • Breakout or acne in rare cases.

It is important to note that these side effects are generally mild and temporary. However, in rare cases, more severe side effects such as infection, scarring, or hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin) can occur. You should disclose any medical conditions or allergies before the procedure and follow the post-treatment care instructions provided by the practitioner.

Types of Microdermabrasion:

There are different types of microdermabrasion, each with unique features and benefits. The two main types of microdermabrasion are:

  1. Crystal microdermabrasion: This is the most common type of microdermabrasion. It involves a device that sprays fine crystals onto the skin. The crystals gently exfoliate the skin, and the device’s wand vacuums the crystals and dead skin cells.
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  3. Diamond microdermabrasion: This microdermabrasion uses a diamond tip instead of crystals. The diamond tip gently abrades the skin, removing the top layer of dead skin cells. This type of microdermabrasion can be more precise than crystal microdermabrasion.

Your practitioner will determine which type of microdermabrasion is best for you based on your needs and skin type. Both kinds of microdermabrasion are effective in exfoliating the skin. Still, diamond microdermabrasion may be gentler and more suitable for sensitive skin.

Also, home-use microdermabrasion devices are available for purchase; however, these are not as powerful as professional devices, and the results are not as good. It is always best to consult with a professional for a better outcome.

How Long Does Treatment Take?

Microdermabrasion treatment typically takes around 30 minutes to complete. The exact time may vary depending on the size of the treatment area and the individual’s skin condition. During the treatment, the practitioner will cleanse the skin, perform the microdermabrasion, and apply a moisturiser or hydrating mask to the skin. The entire process should be relatively quick and comfortable, with a slight scratching sensation during the exfoliation process.

It’s also important to note that a series of treatments is recommended to achieve the desired outcome; the number of sessions will depend on the condition of the skin and the expected results. A typical series of microdermabrasion treatments may include 6-12 sessions, each scheduled 4-6 weeks apart. The practitioner will advise on the number of sessions needed and the frequency of the treatment based on the individual’s skin type and condition.

Pre-Treatment Tips:

There are a few things you should do to prepare for a microdermabrasion treatment:

Avoid sun exposure: It is crucial to avoid sun exposure for at least 24 hours before the treatment, as sunburned or tanned skin may be more sensitive to the procedure.

Remove makeup and other products: Remove all makeup, moisturisers, and other products from your face before the treatment.

Avoid certain skin care products: Some skin care products, such as retinoids, may make your skin more sensitive to the procedure. It’s best to avoid these products for at least 24 hours before the treatment.

Inform your practitioner of any medical conditions: If you have any medical conditions, such as eczema or rosacea, or if you are pregnant, it’s essential to inform your practitioner before the treatment.

Wear comfortable clothing: Wear comfortable clothing that allows easy access to the treatment area.

Following these preparation instructions can help ensure that your microdermabrasion treatment is as safe and effective as possible.

When to Avoid Treatment:

There are certain situations in which a person should avoid microdermabrasion treatment:

  • Active skin infections: If you have an active skin infection, such as a cold sore or impetigo.
  • Recent sunburn: If you have recently sunburned skin, it’s best to avoid microdermabrasion until the burn has fully healed.
  • Accutane treatment: If you are currently taking Accutane, you should avoid microdermabrasion for at least six months after the treatment.
  • Active skin diseases: If you have any active skin diseases such as eczema, psoriasis, or rosacea.
  • Open wounds: If you have any open wounds or abrasions in the treatment area.
  • Pregnancy: Microdermabrasion is not recommended during pregnancy.

Always disclose any medical conditions or medications you are taking to the practitioner before the treatment to ensure safety and the best outcome.

After Treatment:

After a microdermabrasion treatment, a person can expect the following:

  • Redness and mild irritation: The skin may be slightly red and irritated after the treatment, but this should subside within a few hours.
  • Dryness and flakiness: The skin may feel dry and flaky for a few days after the treatment. It is vital to keep the skin moisturised during this time.
  • Mild sun sensitivity: The skin may be more sensitive to the sun for a few days after the treatment, so it’s essential to avoid sun exposure and use sunscreen.
  • Improved skin appearance: After the treatment, the skin will have a smoother, brighter, and more even tone.
  • Possible breakouts: Sometimes, a person may experience a breakout after the treatment, but this is usually temporary and will subside within a few days.

It is essential to follow the post-treatment care instructions provided by the practitioner.

Microdermabrasion at Chester Wellness Centre

Microdermabrasion is available at our Chester Health & Beauty Studio with Jane Bills and Ervie Flynn. Together they form an experienced and caring team offering a comprehensive range of services and a sound knowledge of the many different beauty and body treatments available today. In addition to offering pampering treatments, they aim to achieve long-lasting results for clients.

 

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