Microdermabrasion and dermaplaning

Exfoliation helps to maintain skin health.  We use microdermabrasion and dermaplaning for this.

What is microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive procedure that precisely buffs off the top layer of dead skin cells, leaving a brighter, healthy layer of new cells which will absorb skin care products more effectively, and look smoother and more lustrous with or without make up.

When you remove the stratum corneum, or the top layer of skin, the body interprets it as an injury. It then quickly replaces the lost skin cells with new, healthy ones. The entire procedure usually takes about 30 minutes for the face.  The vacuum effect of the microdermabrasion machine not only whips away any debris, but stimulates the circulation to deliver nutrients and oxygen to the skin more effectivey.

Is microdermabrasion safe?

Yes. In fact, many people choose microdermabrasion over chemical peels and laser treatment because it is generally safer and more cost-effective.

The procedure may be a little uncomfortable but shouldn’t hurt. However, your skin will be invigorated afterwards.Depending on how many treatments you have, you’ll notice a change in the clarity, elasticity and texture of your skin. Most dermatologists recommend around every four weeks. And the best results are usually seen by people in the early stages of ageing, between 35 and 50.

Microdermabrasion benefits

People with uneven pigmentation, fine lines and clogged pores can benefit from a series of microdermabrasion treatments.

The procedure stimulates blood flow, which increases the nutrition delivered to skin cells. This improves cell production, which improves skin’s elasticity and texture. So, if you have scarring, it may help reduce the appearance of acne scars.

However, it’s not recommended if you have skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema, active sunburn, herpes, lupus, open sores, psoriasis, fragile capillaries or widespread acne. This can irritate the skin and cause further breakouts.

Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning is an exfoliating treatment that involves gently scraping the surface of your skin with a surgical scalpel to remove dead skin and peach fuzz. So, basically, it’s like shaving your face.

The results can vary for everyone, but realistically, you can expect to see smoother skin, zero peach fuzz (until it grows back, of course), and slightly brighter-looking skin. And because you’re removing all your dead skin cells, your skincare products will better penetrate your skin when you apply them, making them all the more effective. Dermaplaning can help keep acne at bay. A buildup of dead skin can clog your pores and hair follicles, which can not only cause pimples but also block your skincare products from penetrating the skin, which is why exfoliation is essential for maintaining an even, healthy glow.

How often should I have this done?

This is a nice treatment performed monthly, or you may just want to have crisper looking photos for a special occasion, which you tend to get when you lose the peach fuzz.

Can anyone have it done?

If you have highly reactive, sensitive skin (like those with rosacea or keratosis pilaris), you may want to pass on this one, since it might irritate your skin. Same goes for anyone with inflamed acne as sliding a sharp scalpel over your spots can irritate them and worsen existing breakouts.

Is there any downtime?

Some light redness can be expected but not always. It’s fine to have this as a lunchtime procedure, but if you can bear it, it’s good to leave make up off straight after, as your skin will be more sensitive just then

Post-exfoliation, your skin will be especially susceptible to the sun, so do take sun protection seriously, using a non comedogenic (won’t block pores) skinblock.  We always recommend Heliocare. For everyone. Everyday! Just saying…