With so many conflicting reports and changes in trends, it’s sometimes unclear what the best treatment is for treating specific areas or conditions. To help you offer the right treatments to your patients, we’ve broken down the facts from the myths about one of the more popular treatments: microdermabrasion.
Microdermabrasion is a very common, non-surgical, non-chemical and non-invasive method of skin rejuvenation. It uses exfoliation to remove the top layers of skin to reveal new and fresh skin cells. Microdermabrasion can be used on all skin types and is even effective on sensitive skin. It is, however, recommended that you discuss your medical history with your beauty therapist before you proceed.
A microdermabrasion facial will normally last 30 minutes. If you require additional areas including the neck or other body parts, then it is recommended to leave an extra 30 minutes. Microdermabrasion’s have been labelled the ‘lunch time facial’, this means as soon as you step out the salon you are ready to go back to work. A mild red tint may appear over the treated areas however this is the only dissimilarity that will appear on your skin. The treatment is generally painless, and some clients have positively reported a warm and tingling sensation during the procedure.
After the procedure, it is vital that you stay out the sun for at least a week after your procedure as your skin will be hypersensitive. Some redness may occur on treated areas but this will go down within the first few hours. Within the first 24 hours your skin may feel dry and tight, similar to a sun or wind burn, so be sure to moisturise and avoid make up for 3-4 days afterwards in order to achieve the best results.
Microdermabrasion treatments can fix many common skin issues including:
- Aging skin
- Loose and sagging skin
- Fine lines
- Oily skin
- Rough and uneven skin surface
- Dry and dehydrated skin
Clients usually see a change in their skin after 4 or 5 treatments, although some minor changes, such as smoother, more radiant skin, can be seen after the first treatment. This does depend greatly on your individual skin type and the machine used. The amount of treatments needed will heavily depend on your skin type and the issues you are wishing to treat. Most therapists recommend 6-10 treatments spaced about 2-3 weeks apart as this will allow the skin to repair and recover fully.