Microdermabrasion is a simple convenient procedure used in patients with early signs of ageing and sun damage. Those with minimal superficial scarring and hyperpigmentation can also benefit. It is non-invasive procedure with no discomfort or recovery time.

It has been available in Europe since the late 1980s using corundum aluminum oxide mineral microcrystals to remove dead or damaged superficial cells.

The most commonly treated areas include the face, chest, shoulders, back and hands. The procedure is performed with a jet of fine mineral crystals passing over the skins surface by creating a gentle vacuum. The crystals gently exfoliate the outmost layer of skin known as the stratum corneum. Once removed it reveals ones own fresher younger looking skin beneath. One Microdermabrasion session is roughly equal to three 30% glycolic acid peels or one 70% peel.

These treatments are meant to be progressive and not aggressive. Results are seen after the 3rd treatment. Treatments are performed every several weeks usually in a series. Microdermabrasion is helpful to perform 7 to 10 days before Intense Pulsed Light IPL treatments to enhance the IPL results.

Microdermabrasion will take 15 to 40 minutes depending on the area being treated. The procedure is applied to clean skin. Sunscreen SPF 30 or higher is applied immediately after and should be used for several days after.

There is minimal to no discomfort but some patients may experience a slightly tingling afterward. Rarely the skin may appear slightly red which lasts 12 to 24 hours. It is important not to exercise immediately after Microdermabrasion because perspiration will cause a stinging sensation that can last several hours.

Patients who undergo Microdermabrasion should discontinue Vitamin A acids and glycolic acid creams 3 to 5 days before. These can be restarted 2 to 3 days after the procedure.

Bay Dermatology Centre offers a full range of cosmetic procedures. Referral from another doctor is not necessary to see a dermatologist at the centre for more information on one of our services. Patients can also request to meet with our laser technician who runs the laser area of the clinic to discuss any of the various cosmetic procedures offered at the Bay Dermatolgoy Centre.

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