Microdermabrasion is a skin rejuvenating procedure where the top layers of skin are gently ‘sanded’ to reveal smoother layers underneath.
Known as the ‘lunchtime peel’, the procedure is quick and has minimal side-effects. It is said to help reduce wrinkles, acne scarring and age spots, leaving skin looking smoother, revived and fresh.
Microdermabrasion is a treatment where the skin is ‘sanded’ using a machine which blasts it with tiny crystals. The handheld machine should be operated by a trained skin professional, dermatologist or plastic surgeon, who slowly passes it over the treatment area – usually the face, neck or hands.
The machine works by creating a vacuum between the surface of the skin and the blaster. The end of the machine covers around 4 to 6mm of skin surface at a time, simultaneously blasting micro crystals at it while gently sucking up the top layer of skin as it goes.
Microdermabrasion should not be confused with dermabrasion – a more invasive treatment with more risks and side effects but potentially more results.
The treatment causes subtle changes: it encourages the production of collagen and elastin which helps reduce wrinkles and smooth the skin.
It may improve the appearance of mild scars and discolouration. After treatment skin will be tighter, less dull and feel smooth to touch.