Skin Care Treatments
Microdermabrasion – “The New Lunch Time Facelift”
What is Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion, which is also known as microderm or dermabrasion, is a simple yet incredibly effective anti-aging treatment. Unlike anti ageing and anti wrinkle creams which only target the surface of the skin, microderm affects the deeper layers. It removed dead skin cells and cleanses the pores leaving your skin looking healthy and glowing.
The Benefits of Microdermabrasion
It is called “the lunchtime face lift”
Because there is a quick recovery time with no visible sign you have had anything done!
Microdermabrasion also makes it easier for skin care products to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin and help build collagen, which helps give the skin a smooth appearance and youthful glow.
History of Microdermabrasion
Abrading or removing the upper layers of the skin for skin rejuvenation can be traced back as far as 1500 BC, when the Egyptian used a type of sandpaper to smooth scars.
In the early 1900′s rotating wheels and rasps (human powered) were used and in the mid 1950′s this progressed to motorized wire brushes and the use of dermabrasion became more commonplace.
It was as late as 1985 when the modern machine was developed by Drs Mattioli and Brutto and the rest as they say is history!
How Does Microdermabrasion Work?
It is important to understand how your skin works before you can understand how microdermabrasion works.
There are three layers of your skin – the epidermis, the dermis and subcutaneous tissue.
The epidermis is the outer layer of your skin and is made up of 5 layers. The bottom layer is called the Stratum Basale and it is in this layer that the cells divide and push already formed cells upward in to the higher layers. The top layer, the Stratum Corneum, acts as a barrier between the outside world and the lower skin layers; and is made up of dead cells which shed approximately every two weeks. As you age the renewal of these cells slow down taking about 28 days and this is why your skin looses it youthful glow.
When you apply anti wrinkle and anti ageing creams to your skin you are basically applying them to dead skin cells and only a very small amount of the ingredients pass through to the layers below as many of the molecules are too big. So now you understand why all of your expensive lotions and potions do not seem to work. You are applying them to dead skin cells!
The action of Microdermabrasion occurs as the level of the stratum corneum. The layers of dead skin cells are stripped away allowing the maturing cells to the surface. The treatment also stimulates the underlying layers of the epidermis which cell renewal to speed up.
What Is Involved?
When Will the Microdermabrasion Treatment Work?
Most people will actually feel and see a difference after just one treatment. However a course of 4-8 treatments at 2 weekly intervals is recommended for a longer lasting and significant improvement in your skin.
As your skin responds to the treatments, your skin tone and health will alter and an experienced therapist may well provide similar but alternative treatments that will be more appropriate for your current situation.
How long Do the Effects Last?
The effect of each treatment tends to last 2-4 weeks. A series of treatments will give a greater and longer lasting effect.
Will Microdermabrasion Work for Me?
Microdermabrasion is a good treatment for most people. It is simple but effective and allows you to return to your normal activities straight after the treatment. It is therefore a good choice for busy people. Many men are now choosing this as a treatment choice.
Is There an Alternative?
There are several alternative to Microdermabrasion such as Skin Peels and Laser Treatments. An experienced therapist will often recommend a mix of treatment over the 4-6 treatments to ensure you get the best possible result.
Am I Suitable?
A good candidate for Microdermabrasion is a healthy adult, Male or Female, who is in good health with relatively minor skin conditions or imperfections.
To maintain a healthy glow to your skin no matter your age, it’s vital to cleanse, protect and nourish your skin on a daily basis. Our Skin Care Consultant can advise you on your skin care regime and on which products are most suitable for your skin type.