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.