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February 29, 2016

Your Microdermabrasion Questions – Answered!

At Laser Hair & Skin Centre, we get questions all the time from people wondering about microdermabrasion – what is it? Is it right for me? What should I expect, and many more. We want to provide as much clarity as possible so that you can make the right choice, so we’ve created the ultimate list of questions and answers on microdermabrasion! Let’s get started.

What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is an effective method of removing acne scars, fine wrinkles, and sunspots. No chemicals or lasers are used in microdermabrasion, instead only aluminum oxide micro crystals are gently sandblasted against the skin, leaving it smooth and fresh. Microdermabrasion also promotes collagen production, helping the skin rejuvenate faster.

What Does It Involve?

First, the skin is cleansed before microdermabrasion begins. The aluminum oxide micro crystals are sandblasted through a small tube that is activated when pressed against the skin. The tube also vacuums up spent crystals and skin cells.

The doctor will slowly run the wand across your face so that no part of the face looks different in color or texture. The treatment takes anywhere half an hour to an hour, and after treatment you will be given a nourishing moisturizer.

Is Aluminum Oxide Safe?

The aluminum oxide crystals used in microdermabrasion are perfectly safe and non-toxic if ingested. They don’t cause adverse skin reactions and aren’t a carcinogen. During the procedure, your eyes will be protected with safety glasses.

How Long Will It Take?

A usual microdermabrasion session will last about 30 mins for the face, and about an hour if the neck or other parts of the body need attention.

Is Microdermabrasion Suitable for Me?

If you want to get rid of lingering acne scarring, blotchy skin, large pores, age or sun spots, fine wrinkles or uneven skin tone, then you’ll find great success with microdermabrasion. All skin types and colors can be treated with microdermabrasion.

Be sure to consult with a specialized beauty specialist about your medical history before the treatment because there are conditions that will make the treatment unsuitable.

What Should I Expect?

Microdermabrasion can reduce fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and evens out skin tone. It can also eliminate white and black heads, minimizes large pores and revitalizes dull skin. Microdermabrasion helps the skin to regenerate its elasticity and collagen production. As soon as the treatment is over, the skin looks and feels fresh.

How Many Treatments are Required?

Your doctor can give you a rough estimation of the treatments you’ll need to achieve the desired results, however most doctors will recommend 6-10 sessions. The treatments should be two weeks apart so that the skin can heal between.

Does it Hurt?

Microdermabrasion is painless, and downtime is marginal. Some patients say there’s a slight itchiness or stinging when it first starts, however your body quickly adapts to the crystals. After the treatment, your skin might be a little red, but this lasts as long as 24 hours.

What Should I Expect After Treatment?

Some redness might occur on the treated areas, but they generally disappear quickly. During the first day, your skin my feel dry, similarly to the effects of a mild sunburn. Use lots of moisturizer during the first few days, and avoid sun exposure for at least a week.

Do you need microdermabrasion done in Calgary? Come to the trusted experts in the area! Our clinic and specialized staff can provide the positive experience and results you need! Call us today for more info.