Microdermabrasion is a gentle non-surgical treatment that exfoliates the top layers of the skin. It is frequently used to treat skin conditions such as sun damage, acne and hyperpigmentation.
The treatment consists of a light abrasion and is more superficial than ordinary dermabrasion, and does not require anaesthesia. Microdermabrasion works by removing the top layers of the skin and can improve facial tone and texture.
The anatomy of the skin
The skin is made up of multiple layers and the very top layers are composed of dead skin cells which lie on top of a layer of maturing cells. This explains the ability of microdermabrasion to remove the top layers without causing any damage to the skin below.
The two main layers of the skin are the dermis - the lower layer - and the epidermis - the layer closest to the outer world. The very top layer of the epidermis is called the stratum corneum; this layer is home to many of the skin's minor imperfections such as fine lines and sun damage, and it is this level that is targeted during microdermabrasion treatment.
Microdermabrasion is commonly used to treat skin problems such as acne, sun-damage, superficial age spots and wrinkles. Treatments normally take place over several sessions and microdermabrasion it suitable for all skin types.
During microdermabrasion treatments, a hand held device using a highly controlled flow of fine, medical grade crystals is passed over the skin. The crystals are then immediately vacuumed away, taking the top-most layer of dead skin with them. Microdermabrasion is painless and the results are instant, with no time needed for recovery afterwards.
Many people choose to book microdermabrasion and skin peel treatments at the same time.
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