What microdermabrasion treats
- provides general facial rejuvenation
How does the procedure work?
Microdermabrasion is a system of exfoliation and light resurfacing that rejuvenates and cleans the skin. It uses a device similar to a vacuum cleaner to remove the outer layer of skin (the stratum corneum). This procedure treats a range of skin concerns including acne, fine lines, enlarged pores, blackheads and whiteheads as well as the reduction of scarred tissue and blemishes caused by sun damage or pigmentation. It is commonly used in conjunction with topical skin applications for further effect.
What will the patient experience during the procedure?
The patient’s skin will be thoroughly cleansed using the Clarisonic cleansing device. The microdermabrasion machine utilised at The Dermatology Institute of Victoria has a hand piece about the size of a little finger, connected to a suction device and the open end is moved over the skin's surface in either a brushing or rubbing motion. Inside the open end is a small disc with a fine diamond surface which acts in the same way as sandpaper. As the machine is moved over the skin, the dead skin cells are gently detached from the skin’s surface. The procedure is often finished with the application of skin care serums and sunscreen.
What can the patient expect after the procedure?
After the treatment, the patient’s skin may feel tight and there may be some slight flaking or dryness. We advise all patients to avoid swimming, exercise and sun exposure for one day after the treatment. Most people can return to work immediately.