Microdermabrasion FAQ

What is microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a nonsurgical cosmetic procedure used to treat facial skin that has been damaged by the sun and age. Microdermabrasion can give the skin a fresh, healthy appearance by minimizing acne scars, age spots, blemishes caused by sun damage, crow’s feet, fine lines, and superficial wrinkles.

Is there much pain with the microdermabrasion procedure?
There is generally no pain associated with microdermabrasion. At the most, clients may experience a feeling similar to slight windburn or some minimal stinging around the eyes.

Who are good candidates for microdermabrasion?
A good candidate for microdermabrasion is a physically healthy man or woman with realistic expectations who is looking to minimize the appearance of acne prone or blotchy skin, fine lines and surface wrinkles, sun-damaged or uneven skin, keratoses, large pores, milia, sebaceous hyperplasia or small scars.

Who is not a good candidate for Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is not designed to treat moles or warts. Those with autoimmune disorders, active Rosacea and are experiencing a herpes outbreak cannot be treated as well. Microdermabrasion is not suitable when used in conjunction with other skin rejuvenating techniques, such as laser skin resurfacing, chemical peels, retenol or retin-A.

What can I expect after microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion involves virtually no downtime and normal activities can usually be resumed right away. The skin may feel a bit hot or flushed for the first day after the procedure. It is important, however, that patients avoid sun exposure for about a week.

Does microdermabrasion require anesthesia?
Anesthesia is typically not used during the microdermabrasion procedure.

How long does the microdermabrasion procedure last?
Though multiple sessions are usually needed, a single microdermabrasion procedure takes about thirty minutes to one hour to complete.

Is it necessary to take time off from work after the microdermabrasion procedure?
Because microdermabrasion involves virtually no downtime, clients can typically resume their normal activities right away. However, it is important that patients avoid sun exposure for about a week.

Tell me more about the procedure.
After the skin is cleaned, the Diamond Dermabrasion™ device is used in the desired area. Then, the skin is treated with a calming toner and cream. The entire procedure lasts under an hour, depending on the number of areas requiring correction. Sessions for most patients last about 30-45 minutes. Following treatment, the skin is sensitive to sun exposure. As a result, a sunblock is also applied to protect the skin.

How is recovery like?
After the procedure, your skin will be sensitive to touch and sun exposure. It may also feel tight. The treated area will be smoother, the complexion more even-toned. Although the skin will be sensitive, you may return to work immediately afterwards. Your trained/certified  aesthetician may recommend skincare products to assist in recovery.

Do not exfoliate the treated area a few days following the procedure, use a good sunblock (or wear protective clothing) and be gentle when cleansing. Some degree of flaking may occur. Excessive perspiration may irritate the treated area.

How many treatments will I require?
Many clients can see an improvement after a single treatment however you may need more than one treatment for the desired amount of correction. The best results are achieved after the completion of a series of treatments. Talk to our skincare specialist to determine how many you may require.

What problems can be targeted by Microdermabrasion?                                                Microdermabrasion is suitable for men and women who have discolourations, acne, fine lines and wrinkles, or enlarged clogged pores on the skin. Microdermabrasion gently removes the dirt, grime and dead skin cells which suffocate the top layers of the skin, thereby revealing the smooth and even complexion underneath. The area that is most often treated is the face, however the neck, chest, hands, back and feet can also be targeted efffectively.

With a series of sessions, the procedure may also reduce oily or dry skin.

What problems cannot be targeted by Microdermabrasion?
Deep wrinkles, some scars, and birthmarks cannot be treated. Tattoos also cannot be treated. To remove tattoos, a more effective procedure is available known as Later Tattoo Removal.

Diamond VS Crystal Microdermabrasion
Diamond microdermabrasion is becoming a popular alternative to treatment with traditional microdermabrasion machines. Diamond microdermabrasion differs from traditional treatments in that it doesn’t rely on microdermabrasion crystals to perform skin exfoliation.

Crystal microdermabrasion is still a popular, safe and effective treatment; however, there has been some concern in the industry about the potential side effects of working with aluminium oxide crystals regularly over prolonged periods.

Diamond microdermabrasion relies on microdermabrasion tips covered in tiny diamonds to perform skin exfoliation. When the diamond microdermabrasion tip makes contact with the skin it abrades against the top layer pulling it off. The microdermabrasion machine then sucks the loose dead skin cells away from the face. Otherwise, diamond and crystal microdermabrasion peel procedures are exactly the same in that the treatment provider passes the wand over each area of your skin three times.
One advantage of diamond crystal free microdermabrasion is that the dead skin cells are accumulated onto a cotton filter and you can see exactly what was removed from your skin after the treatment is finished.

The diamonds on the microdermabrasion tip are actually thousands of tiny diamond particles which are uniformly sized. Diamond microdermabrasion machines come with an assortment of tips of varying sizes. The appropriate diamond tip to use depends on the client’s individual skin condition:

  • 100 for course skin
  • 200 for normal skin
  • 300 for sensitive skin