At ENRICH, we offer microdermabrasion using the Asclepion Erbium Laser, a cutting-edge technology new to Australia. ENRICH is the first clinic in Australia to offer this technology.
The Erbium Laser can be used in a minimally ablative manner requiring little to no downtime compared to other deep-peels or lasers, due to its deep and targeted penetration. This laser gently removes the top layer of skin, polishing and smoothing the skin, whilst also stimulating collagen renewal. This helps to rejuvenate the texture and tone of the skin.
Multiple sessions are required to get the skin to a state that is optimal, but speak to your dermatologist about your expectations. Almost all cosmetic procedures are done in a bundle, since this is how the best results are seen. Just one session will not be enough. The Erbium Laser is suitable for face, neck and hand rejuvenation.
Contact us to discuss how microdermabrasion can rejuvenate your skin.
Laser and non-laser microdermabrasion – Melbourne clinic
Microdermabrasion is used for softening or removing fine lines and wrinkles caused by sun damage. Microdermabrasion can also make a difference in acne scarring or skin with surface imperfections, including removing stretch marks and pigmentation.
The microdermabrasion procedure – Melbourne clinic
First, a topical anaesthetic is applied to the face an hour prior to treatment. Microdermabrasion is exactly what it sounds like, and therefore the anaesthetic protects from any discomfort that would otherwise be expected. Protective eyewear is also required of both patient and practitioner.
Microdermabrasion is performed at ENRICH by a laser – the laser passes across the skin where the damaged skin or wrinkles are, with the beam penetrating the top layer of skin and removing the outer skin cells.
The laser will make a popping sound. After the treatment, a special soothing cream is applied to the face to keep it from drying out.
Microdermabrasion recovery and results – Melbourne clinic
Right after microdermabrasion, the skin will change colour slightly, but this will depend on how deep the laser needed to go. Redness is usually gone within a day, and sometimes, minor scabbing will appear. This also settles within days.
Sunscreen is very important after microdermabrasion, since your new skin is so delicate and fresh. Any sun will damage it. You can wear make-up a day or so after microdermabrasion.
The texture of your skin will be immediately improved. Risks include hyperpigmentation, but this is uncommon and will be discussed with you prior to your treatments.
Microdermabrasion is a quick, non-invasive skin rejuvenating treatment. The top layer of dead skin is removed, with fresh skin underneath being revealed. Skin is stimulated to produce collagen and elastin, and therefore skin feels hydrated and looks radiant.
Any skin type can benefit – dry or oily – and thick or thin skin, including scarring, acne, or wrinkles. You can be in and out in half an hour.
Benefits of microdermabrasion
- Improved texture
- Improved tone
- Promote collagen production
- Reduces wrinkles
- Clears pigmentation
- Freshens your complexion
- Clears out skin congestion
- Reduces pore size
- Get your creams working harder for you
- Deep exfoliation
Conditions you can treat with microdermabrasion
- Fine lines
- Acne scarring
- Overproduction of oil
- Large pores
- Age/liver spots
- Dull skin
- Congested skin
- Stretch marks
Microdermabrasion is considered a very safe cosmetic procedure. It is non-invasive and recovery is quick. You will feel a slight tingling, like a fine sandpaper going over the skin, with a warm, lightly sunburnt feeling afterwards.
You will experience some redness after your treatment, at least for a few hours. The skin may shed dry skin over the coming days, which is normal. If you had acne treated, there may be small scabs that take a few days to go away. Do not pick! It can cause scarring.
A few days later, you will start to see your new fresh complexion appearing. It’s likely you will need several treatments, up to six, performed every few weeks.
You may need to return in an ongoing way as part of your anti-ageing strategy, but speak to your dermatologist. There may be other options for you.
Microdermabrasion works on all skin types and tones, including sensitive skin. Some skin conditions won’t allow for microdermabrasion, however, for example those with rosacea may be dissuaded from having these treatments, as it may exacerbate your condition. Don’t forget though – there are always other options, so if you can’t have microdermabrasion, you will most certainly be a candidate for one of our other extremely effective skin rejuvenating treatments.
You’ll need to have a low-irritant, high-quality moisturiser – ask your dermatologist for a recommendation. Sunscreen is also a must. Some of you may be prescribed an antibiotic cream if your treatment was deep.
Keep in touch with your dermatologist or clinic nurse if something seems to be going wrong.
What’s the difference between microdermabrasion and dermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is non-invasive, removing only the top layer of skin. Dermabrasion, on the other hand, may require a general or local anaesthetic and has a recovery time of up to two weeks. Dermabrasion is the hard-core cousin of microdermabrasion, and is used with great effect for severe skin problems.
Microdermabrasion on other areas besides the face
Microdermabrasion can be performed anywhere on the body – arms, chest, neck, back, hands – with excellent results.
How does laser skin rejuvenation differ to microdermabrasion?
Laser resurfacing is a very effective non-invasive skin treatment that works to the same end as microdermabrasion, just using different techniques. Laser resurfacing can be deeper, typically. Both treatments stimulate collagen and elastin in the skin, strengthening, smoothing and clarifying.
At ENRICH in Melbourne, we do both laser and non-laser microdermabrasion, however we do love our microdermabrasion lasers because we think they do a superior job with less side-effects.
Who should avoid microdermabrasion?
- Anyone on strong medication for acne – skin is too fragile, ask your dermatologist
- Moderate to severe inflammatory acne – causes worse inflammation
- Rosacea – makes it worse, but if you’re clear, can work – ask
- Cold sores – treatments will make it worse, spread infection – wait it out
- Rashes, wounds, irritations, psoriasis, eczema, ringworm – clear it up first
- Topical retinoid use – ask
- Ask your dermatologist if you are a candidate for microdermabrasion
What are other options besides microdermabrasion?
A chemical peel can be an excellent option to remove the top layers – or deeper – of skin. Chemical peels have improved over the years in both gentleness and skin improvements.
Chemical peels come in a variety of ingredients and aggressiveness, so the peel chosen for you by your dermatologist will determine the outcomes.
An intensive facial
Facials are designed to give your skin a boost, so don’t be scared to get a regular ‘ole facial. Your skin will thank you! If deep treatments are not going to work for you, talk to your dermatologist about non-irritating options.
Light and wave-based treatments
We have a lot of light and wave-based therapies that work to stimulate collagen and elastin, and improve skin quality from the cellular level up. These include lasers and radiofrequency devices that penetrate deep into the skin, and exert their impact on the cell, forcing it to regenerate itself.
Experiences of microdermabrasion
Generally microdermabrasion is considered a safe, effective cosmetic treatment that has solid, predictable results. It is a chemical-free procedure too, so that makes it a good choice for anyone who wants to avoid putting anything on their skin that could cause a reaction.
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