Microdermabrasion facials remain one of the most popular aesthetic treatments. It has earned this place because it is a safe lunchtime procedure that helps settle many complexion woes. A micro can help solve acne and smooth a range of skin texture concerns for beautiful skin days.
microdermabrasion = microdermabrasion facial, microderm or simply micro
What is Microdermabrasion?
Micros are a non-invasive procedure that exfoliates the outmost layer of skin cells to reveal healthier, deeper layers. It works with two actions; the first is vacuum suction which draws the skin into contact with the second, a gentle ‘abrasive’ component.
- The suction action helps unclog pores and clear congestion, making it ideal to settle pimples, acne and hormonal breakouts.
- The gentle exfoliation of the skin’s outmost layer and improves your skin glow by revealing healthier layers of skin.
- The original ‘abrasion’ was ‘dermabrasion’. This more aggressive treatment is no longer used.
What Is Involved in a Microdermabrasion Facial?
A microdermabrasion facial is painless. You may feel mild scratching or gentle pulling. For your first micro, our therapist will start with low settings.
- A microdermabrasion facial starts with double-cleansing.
- We tailor the micro according to your skin issues.
- Micros may leave the skin slightly reddened for up to 24 hours.
- If blackheads and whiteheads prominent, extraction facials should be added.
We offer a free assessment with our dermal therapists for you to discuss your concerns and treatment options.
Microdermabrasion Facial at SkinRevision
Regularly we combine a microdermabrasion facial with a chemical peel to get more advanced exfoliating treatments. The combination of superficial peels delivers a more refined therapy.
What Does Microdermabrasion Do?
Micros works by sloughing surface skin cells to exfoliate dry or rough outer layers. Exfoliation is a cornerstone of healthy skin. It is a versatile treatment, targeting areas such as the face, neck and décolletage. Achieve a higher level of exfoliation by combining Microderm with peels and extractions.
Do micros work? The answer is yes, as long as you are the right candidate. Microderms are excellent to help settle acne and for minor skin imperfections.
- reduce skin pigmentation
- minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles,
- lift dull skin tone,
- reduce open or enlarged pores
- help clear blackheads.
However, a microderm is a non-invasive procedure. It will not remedy acne scars, sagging skin or established wrinkles and cannot correct facial creases or folds. However, these can be addressed with resurfacing, skin tightening, dermal fillers, anti-wrinkle injections and other treatments we offer.
Microdermabrasion for Acne
A microdermabrasion facial can help settle acne for clean skin and a bright complexion. The microderm results in a deep cleansing to resolve pimples, whiteheads and blackheads. The layer of skin removed consists of dead skin cells that have been adding to pore obstruction and acne. The surface skin is not damaged in the process.
How Does Microdermabrasion for Acne Work?
Microdermabrasion for acne works purely on the physical clearing of pore obstruction. Moreover, combining micros with other modalities amplifies the benefits. Therefore we often combine micros with extractions, chemical peels and skincare. We offer a range of acne treatments, including Kleresca acne treatment, to treat moderate to severe and cystic acne.
Microdermabrasion for Acne Treatment
A series of microdermabrasion facial treatments are required, spaced one to four weeks apart. (Depending on the severity of the acne.) After each session, you will notice a gradual clearing of obstruction and settling of acne.
Micros are excellent for eliminating hormonal breakouts, pimples, and acne and removing clogged or congested pores for clean and clear skin. We would recommend trialling this more natural approach to settling acne before diving into medical treatments. We combine our micro’s with peels for more advanced exfoliation.
Microdermabrasion for acne scars
The only way micros can help with acne scarring to prevent it! Microdermabrasion is not an effective treatment for acne scars. It can contribute to polishing the surface appearance; however, it will not penetrate the dermis and initiate repair. We treat acne scars with a range of more advanced medical treatments. Radiofrequency resurfacing with eMatrix, laser scar treatment, PRP therapy, skin needling, or subcision are effective. Dermal filler is also used to improve the cosmetic appearance of acne scarring.
Diamond microdermabrasion uses suction, drawing the skin to a diamond-tipped wand. The wand is moved across the surface to exfoliate gently. Diamond Microderm is newer than crystal spray and significant evolution in facials. In recent years there have been attempts to improve treatment outcomes with combination facial treatments.
Alternatives to Diamond Microdermabrasion
1. For resurfacing and skin textural concerns, fractionated laser treatments and sublative radiofrequency provide superior results. Because laser and radiofrequency can penetrate the dermal layer, the results are incomparable. Sublative radiofrequency improves the texture and surface appearance of sun damage quicker. Generally, four treatments are required though sometimes up to 6 may be needed.
2. Chemical Peels. Vitamin A peels more appropriate for addressing pigmentation as well as skin texture concerns from sun damage. This peel takes 15 mins and generally provides full-face flaking within the week. Usually, three may be required.
3. Fractional lasers, skin needling, PRP are more useful for improving skin texture, tone and quality. These have more downtime and cost more but provide superior results with fewer treatments.
4. PRP facial ‘Vampire Facial‘ for skin rejuvenation.
5. Combinations of microdermabrasion with glycolic peels allow deeper penetration of peels.
6. Pigmentation is better treated with laser, IPL, laser or chemical peels