What is Microdermabrasion?
A safe and effective method of manual exfoliation, suitable for most skin types and tones. Microdermabrasion treatments help to:
- Reduce the appearance of wrinkles and acne scars
- Clear up blackheads
- Minimize the appearance of pores
- Increase skin turnover
- Even out the skin tone
Microdermabrasion also helps to boost collagen production to provide firming and toning to the complexion. Microdermabrasion is recommended as an add-on to any of our facial treatments, as it will enhance:
- Product penetration
- Ease of pore extractions
- Overall radiance of skin
How Does Microdermabrasion Work?
Using a diamond-tip wand, the outer layer of skin is exfoliated and removed. When the stratum corneum (the top layer of skin) is removed, the body interprets it as an injury. The body’s response to this “injury” is to increase cell production in order to increase the thickness of the epidermis. During the cell reproduction, the fibroblasts that make up the collagen fibers are increased and are thicker, more tightly packed, and more organized. The number of elastin fibers also increases. They are orientated vertically instead of horizontally, giving the dermal layer more “spring.” This increase in cell, collagen, and elastin production results in a brighter and smoother complexion.
What to Expect at Renovus Medical Spa
At Renovus, we use a diamond-tip wand instead of a crystal microdermabrasion. Diamond-tip microdermabrasion is a bit cleaner, simply because there are no stray gritty crystals left behind on the skin. And some say it’s a bit safer because there are no crystals to accidentally get into the eyes. The diamond tip abrades the skin and the exfoliated particles are then vacuumed away through the same wand.
Microdermabrasion is a minimally-invasive treatment with little to no downtime. Common side effects of microdermabrasion include mild tenderness, swelling, and redness. These generally go away within a few hours after treatment. You might be advised to use a moisturizer to minimize dry and flaky skin. Minor bruising may also occur. This is mostly caused by the suction process during the treatment. You can expect to see noticeable results immediately after the procedure. The number of microdermabrasion sessions needed will depend on the severity of your skin concerns as well as your expectations. This treatment can be repeated as often as every 3-4 weeks.