We’re getting closer and closer to being my perfectly kitted out dream clinic! In October the new microdermabrasion machine arrives from Yorkshire company Diamonds on Demand and I couldn’t be happier!
Microdermabrasion is an essential weapon in the arsenal of a therapist who wants to combat dull, tired, aging or congested skin.
A diamond tipped wand is used to gently exfoliated the dead skin cells and debris from the upper epidermis. This treatment is much more effective than facial scrubs and polishes: on average they will remove 3-4% of the dead skin cells while microdermabrasion will remove 10 times that!
Not only does your skin look clearer and brighter immediately, it is an ideal step before extractions to remove blocked pores AND the benefits don’t stop there. The intense exfoliation stimulates the skin to produce more fresh, healthy skin cells (a bit like how in winter animals produce a thicker coat (we do too, but that’s something for a waxing post!))
Initially your skin will look smoother from the removal of dead cells, lines will be softened and colour improved. Over the following weeks the skin itself will become plumper and firmer (from the formulation of these new cells in the dermis) and contours more taut.
How many treatments will it take to see a result? Well that is one of thse “how long is a piece of skin” questions. A well nourished and hydrated skin will respond much more quickly to treatment and require fewer sessions. If your skin isn’t currently well cared for, we will talk through improvements you can make to your routine to support your goals.
Everyone will see a difference after a single session, but a course of 3 or 6 weekly sessions will get cumulative results which can be maintained with monthly treatment of microdermabrasion or another facial from our range to suit your skin.
It is not a suitable treatment for anyone taking roaccutane or oral steroids. You need to be off these for at least 6 months before your skin will be recovered enough to undergo microdermabrasion. The Interactive range and our Pre & Post Serum will help to strengthen the skin for you.
If you suffer from diabetes, or any other disorder which can affect your healing then this is not a recommended treatment. Try the Active Rejuvenation Treatment instead.
Active acne is also contraindicated, but microdermabrasion is brilliant for treating scarring once the acne has been treated. Consider a course of Deep Cleanse Treatments to get the problem under control.
An outbreak of cold sores (herpes simplex virus) is a contraindication to any facial treatment. Don’t stress, just try to give 24 hours notice and we can reschedule to another day for you.
The skin can undergo a lot of changes during pregnancy and may react unpredictably, so I’m afraid you will have to wait a while.
Any recent chemical peels, use of glycolics or AHA products may contra-indicate you for the treatment. Discuss it with me when you book.