Microdermabrasion – you asked, we answered

What is microdermabrasion used for?

  • Signs of photoaging, including fine lines caused by sun damage
  • Improvement of mild acne scarring and surface imperfections

What happens during a microdermabrasion treatment?

  • A topical anaesthetic cream is applied one hour prior to treatment to minimise discomfort.
  • Protective eyewear is worn by both patient and the ENRICH specialist nurse.
  • During the procedure, the laser is passed over the skin, especially in areas of damaged skin cells and or wrinkles.
  • The beam from the laser penetrates the upper layer of skin, removing only the outer dead skin cells.
  • As the skin is numb, no discomfort is felt, however a ‘popping noise’ from the laser can be heard.
  • After treatment, a cream will be applied to soothe the skin and to keep the skin from drying out.

What is recovery from microdermabrasion like?

  • The skin usually appears grey, pink or red, depending on the number of times the laser passes over the treated areas.
  • Any redness usually settles within 24 hours.
  • Rarely, slight scabbing may occur, but this usually settles within a few days.
  • After the first few days, non-irritating moisturisers may be used. (Nurses will recommend a suitable cream.)
  • Sunscreen application is important after any treatment.
  • Makeup can usually be worn the day after treatment.

When will I see results from microdermabrasion?

  • The texture of the skin is visibly improved almost immediately.

Are there any precautions for microdermabrasion treatments?

  • Although uncommon, hyperpigmentation (increased pigmentation) can result after treatment. This is not usually significant and can be treated should it occur.
  • Risk is assessed and discussed prior to treatment.

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