Microdermabrasion FAQs

Microdermabrasion FAQs
What is microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that uses a mechanical process to exfoliate the skin and remove dead cells from the outermost layer of the epidermis. The process uses crystals or a spinning diamond head for abrasion, in combination with a light vacuum to remove the flakes from the patient’s skin. Microdermabrasion has many advantages over surgical dermabrasion techniques and/or chemical peels. Among these are:
  • Virtually no down-time
  • An almost instant improvement of the skin condition
  • Safe on any skin type, specifically sensitive ethnic skin that is often prone to discoloration if chemical peels are used
  • Enhanced blood circulation and collagen production
  • Short application time
  • Low cost
Regular treatments, weekly or bi-weekly, often bring dramatic improvements for the patient, especially if combined with masks that are applied after the procedure.

I heard that some clients break out after the treatment...
This happens very seldom, but can happen after the first treatment. However, there is nothing to worry about – in fact, it is the first step to more beautiful and radiant skin. What happens is that your skin - for the first time - gets mechanically stimulated, and lots of dead cells removed from its surface. This naturally stimulates the skin, increases the blood flow, and literally awakens the skin to new life. Sometimes, if your skin is very sensitive, this leads to a small reaction.

Should this happen, Linda will apply a Dermaculture facial or other mask that can work wonders. Shortly afterwards, sometimes within hours, the skin will calm down, and on the second or third treatment, the issue no longer comes up and your skin looks picture perfect.

Do you use crystals or a diamond-based system, and what is the difference?
There are two kinds of microdermabrasion systems in use. The first, traditional kind uses microcrystals that are accelerated by a vacuum system, and by flowing through a specially designed tool, they come in contact with the skin and softly slough up the outer layer of the epidermis. The vacuum system removes both the crystals and the dead cells from the skin, leaving only a very small residue of the crystal powder behind.

The second type of microdermabrasion system uses a tool with a rotating peeling head, whose rough surface has immersed diamond particles. Like with the crystal based system, the abrasion process is entirely mechanical, with the rate at which dead skin cells are removed depending on the head’s rotation speed and the pressure applied to the skin. A vacuum suction is used to remove the dead cells, hence, both types of systems require a pump and make some noise. Some estheticians prefer the diamond head system, because it doesn't require the purchase of crystals (which can only be used once), and it does not carry the risk of accidentally wiping or blowing crystals into the clients ears, eyes, or nose.

We prefer the crystal-based system, because it reduces the risk of skin damage if too much pressure is accidentally applied. By adjusting the crystal flow rate, we have much finer control over the speed of the abrasion process, and the machine can control the flow rate much better over a long time. Our clients are extremely happy with the results of our high-end, professional Dermaglow system.
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