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Microdermabrasion

Smooth, even, luminous skin — it’s something we all want, yet only a few are blessed with naturally. For the rest of us, imperfections such as pigmentation, acne, fine lines, dull skin and scars can leave our complexion looking less than ideal. 

Skin exfoliation is a way to remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells and debris that clog the pores and create a weary complexion. One exfoliation method that produces immediate results without discomfort or downtime is microdermabrasion. This treatment is available at Kaya Cosmedica, both as a stand-alone treatment and in combination with other procedures to help you meet all your aesthetic goals.

What is microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive procedure that removes surface skin cells to produce a cleaner, more refreshed appearance. A device is used to sand away the superficial layer, and the loosened cells and debris are then suctioned away. In the process of exfoliation, subtle imperfections are also improved even while the skin is renewed for a healthy, radiant look following the procedure.

Not only does microdermabrasion remove the damaged outer layer of your skin, but it also encourages higher production of collagen and elastin. This means that, although microdermabrasion is a gentle procedure, it still yields incredible and lasting results.

This painless treatment offers a myriad of benefits, as it addresses the following concerns:

  • Uneven skin texture
  • Pigmentation irregularities
  • Dull complexion
  • Fine lines
  • Shallow scarring, usually from acne or chicken pox
  • Signs of acne, like whiteheads or blackheads
  • Enlarged pores

Microdermabrasion is also effective in increasing circulation in the skin, which produces the healthy glow you are sure to enjoy after treatment. The procedure offers instant, subtle results that can be further enhanced with subsequent sessions. In addition, combining microdermabrasion with other skin rejuvenation treatments can create an even more dramatic outcome.

Where can it be used?

The most common treatment area for microdermabrasion is the face, where it can address signs of ageing and sun damage, as well as other minor imperfections. However, we can also use this procedure to rejuvenate the skin of the neck, chest, back and the backs of the hands with excellent results in most cases. Our expert staff at Kaya Cosmedica will assess the condition of your skin to determine whether microdermabrasion might be the best choice for achieving your cosmetic goals.

Can Microdermabrasion be done at home?

Though there are microdermabrasion devices designed for home use, professional microdermabrasion treatments are strongly recommended. The procedure should be performed by a trained cosmetic practitioner to ensure it is done safely and customised for your skin type and concerns. Having microdermabrasion done in a professional setting is also an opportunity to ask your practitioner questions about other treatments and products that can transform your skin for the better.

What is the Difference Between Crystal and Diamond Microdermabrasion?

Two types of microdermabrasion devices are commonly used in skin clinics.

Crystal microdermabrasion was the first iteration of this procedure. These machines exfoliate by blasting the skin surface with a constant flow of tiny aluminium oxide crystals. Simultaneously, a vacuum system removes dead skin cells, other dirt and debris, and the used crystals.

Diamond microdermabrasion is a newer innovation. These devices have a diamond-tipped wand that is used to slough away the top layer of the skin and suction up the residue. There are no particles that could be left behind on the skin.

Crystal-free microdermabrasion is the preferred method in many cosmetic practices today. These devices are less irritating to the skin and easier to control, resulting in a safer and more precise treatment. At Kaya Cosmedica, we perform microdermabrasion with our Dermafrac device.

Does Microdermabrasion work for all skin types?

Nearly all skin types and colours are suitable for microdermabrasion. The treatment can be adjusted to cater to both oily and dry skin, and it can even treat sensitive skin with the right settings.

However, those with exceptionally sensitive skin may be better served by a different treatment. It’s important to discuss your medical history with your provider during your initial consultation, so you can receive treatment recommendations that are tailored for your skin.

Is Microdermabrasion suitable for me?

Dr Khinda will assess your skin to determine whether microdermabrasion is a safe and effective choice that can help you meet your skin goals. Most healthy men and women can undergo microdermabrasion with minimal risk of adverse effects. Unlike many light-based rejuvenation therapies, this procedure is safe for all skin tones, including dark skin. Ideal candidates have mild to moderate skin concerns and realistic expectations about what microdermabrasion can and cannot do.

Microdermabrasion is not recommended for individuals with any of the following conditions: rosacea, acne pustules, fragile capillaries or vascular lesions, warts, open sores or a history of poor scarring. Patients who are using or have used certain medications must wait six to 12 months before a microdermabrasion treatment.

How should I prepare for a Microdermabrasion treatment?

There are a few ways you can prepare for an exfoliating treatment like microdermabrasion. Discontinue the use of products with harsh active ingredients and exfoliants for the recommended period before your appointment. Do not wax or tan the intended treatment area. If you’ve recently undergone a laser procedure, had a chemical peel or had any other procedure that may have increased the sensitivity of your skin, your session should be postponed to a later date. This includes scrubs, enzymes, retinoids and other products that slough off the skin. Overexfoliation can damage your skin and cause redness or hyperpigmentation.

Do not wax or shave the intended treatment area. Avoid direct sun exposure and any other form of tanning for at least one week. Use an SPF 30+ sunscreen daily. Too much time in the sun can make your skin more sensitive than normal.

If you’ve recently undergone a laser procedure, had a chemical peel or had any other procedure that may have increased the sensitivity of your skin, your session should be postponed to a later date. Please reschedule your appointment if you have open lesions or acne.

On the day of your procedure, we recommend cleansing your face and arriving with no makeup or creams on your skin.
Contact Kaya Cosmedica for preparation advice specific to your situation and unique skin condition.

What can I expect from the treatment process?

We perform microdermabrasion in our office, usually in less than one hour and sometimes in under 30 minutes. No anaesthetic is required before the procedure, and most patients find the mild scratching sensation and vibration of the device to be very tolerable. The applicator is run across the skin, loosening the outer cells and other particles responsible for dulling the complexion. Next, we apply suction to remove the loose matter and create a clean, smooth look and feel to the skin.

Does Microdermabrasion hurt?

Microdermabrasion is often compared to the rough lick of a cat’s tongue. Most patients find the mild scratching sensation and vibration of the device to be very tolerable.

Your comfort is a priority for us, so please let your provider know how you’re feeling during the procedure. We can adjust the pace and intensity of your microdermabrasion treatment to accommodate your tolerance level. A microdermabrasion procedure should never be painful.

Will I be able to return to activities right away?

There is no downtime after microdermabrasion, so patients resume their regular schedule immediately following treatment. It is unlikely your skin will belie the fact that you just had a procedure performed, other than taking on a healthy radiance that can enhance your appearance and boost your confidence. The stimulation of blood flow in the upper layers of your skin may temporarily cause redness, but this is ultimately a good thing.

What will my skin feel after Microdermabrasion?

While microdermabrasion is a gentle procedure overall, it may result in some temporary side effects. In addition to a pink or red complexion, you may experience:

  • Slight skin tightness and/or dryness
  • The feeling that your skin is sunburnt or windswept
  • A sensitive or tender sensation

How do I take care of my skin after Microdermabrasion?

If you can, avoid applying makeup the day of the service so it can heal and breathe. Use a gentle cleanser, apply moisturiser liberally and always wear sunscreen. Focus on keeping your skin cool and calm.

Avoid direct sun exposure as much as you can for the first seven days. Microdermabrasion reveals a new layer of skin, and it is extra sensitive to sun damage. Protecting your skin from the sun helps secure the best possible results and reduces the risk of side effects.

Avoid irritating the treated skin with harsh chemicals, scented products, rubbing, scratching or tanning. Check with your provider to confirm that your normal products are safe to use on your skin after microdermabrasion.

You may experience mild flaking or shedding in the first few days post-treatment. Do not pick at any flaking skin, as this can cause scarring. Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated and promote cell regeneration.

You may want to avoid heavy exercise and hot environments that cause sweating for 48 hours after microdermabrasion to minimise irritation. If you do engage in these activities, wear a headband to soak up the perspiration before it comes into contact with your skin and wash your face immediately after the activity is over.

What risks are associated with Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive procedure that has few risks associated with it. Patients who undergo the treatment when they have open skin lesions or active acne may risk spreading the condition after the procedure. For this reason, we do not tend to perform microdermabrasion on patients with these concerns. Inflammation, persistent redness, scabbing or mild peeling can occur in some individuals with sensitive skin. These symptoms heal without any long-term damage to the skin. Seeing a qualified medical practitioner for treatment can greatly reduce possible microdermabrasion risks.

When can I see results and how long will they last?

You should leave our office sporting a smoother skin texture and a healthy glow. However, your results will continue to improve in the days and weeks following your treatment as the procedure also tends to stimulate skin cell renewal and collagen production to enhance your refreshed appearance.

With time, microdermabrasion produces improved skin tone with fewer signs of ageing, scarring and pigmentation. Patients often report improved skin softness and radiance and reduced sebum levels and visibility of pores.

How long does Microdermabrasion last?

Like any other skin resurfacing treatment, microdermabrasion cannot give you permanent results. Your skin naturally resurfaces itself approximately once a month, and your skin will continue to be exposed to environmental and lifestyle factors (not to mention the ageing process!). No skin treatment will last forever.

However, if you follow your provider’s recommended skincare plan, you can increase the longevity of your results. You can also maintain the improvements in your skin through future appointments as needed.

How many Microdermabrasion treatments will I need?

Because microdermabrasion only treats the top layer of skin, we usually recommend patients undergo a series of treatments to achieve the best possible results.

Treatments are spaced two to four weeks apart. The number needed in an initial treatment plan will depend on the level of correction required and the results you are hoping to achieve. Some people only need a few treatments to refresh their complexion, while others require up to 12 to 15 to target their concerns effectively.

Regular maintenance sessions will also be required to help you maintain your rejuvenated look over the long term. We will help you create a maintenance schedule that fits your personal needs and the rate at which your skin regenerates.

What treatments can be combined with microdermabrasion?

One of the most popular combinations offered at Kaya Cosmedica is microdermabrasion and microneedling, a process we refer to as DermaFrac. Microneedling is a painless procedure that uses a device to create micro-injuries in the skin that stimulate the body’s healing processes. DermaFrac also adds in the application of topical serums designed to restore essential ingredients to the dermal layers. We can also apply substances to lighten skin, protect it from damage and minimise acne breakouts. When the serums are combined with microdermabrasion and microneedling, they can penetrate the dermis much deeper to have the greatest possible effect.

Microdermabrasion can also be combined with injectable treatments that reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and restore youthful volume to the face. When the two procedures are performed at the same time, the results can be both intense and long-lasting compared to undergoing either treatment alone.

How does Microdermabrasion compare to other exfoliating treatments?

Microdermabrasion vs. Dermabrasion
Dermabrasion is a more intense resurfacing treatment that removes deeper layers of the skin. This produces more dramatic results, but it involves more discomfort and downtime. Microdermabrasion is a gentler procedure with comparatively less risk, discomfort and recovery time.

Microdermabrasion vs. Chemical Peels
Exfoliation can be physical or chemical. Microdermabrasion is an example of physical exfoliation, which manually dislodges dirt and strips away dead skin cells. Chemical peels are a type of chemical exfoliation, which resurfaces the skin using acids or enzymes to dissolve the outer layers. Chemical peels come in a variety of formulas and intensities,

Microdermabrasion vs. Laser Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing uses light energy to break the bonds between dead and damaged skin cells. The laser also stimulates collagen production and the growth of new skin cells. Laser treatments penetrate deeper than microdermabrasion, making them effective in fewer sessions and more suitable for moderate-to-severe skin issues.

Microdermabrasion vs. Microneedling
Microneedling does not directly remove the outer layer of skin. Instead, it uses multiple ultra-fine needles to penetrate the skin and trigger a healing response. This stimulates collagen production and cellular renewal, which has the effect of improving skin texture, tone and signs of ageing. Microneedling prompts the skin to repair itself.

Microdermabrasion vs. Dermaplaning
Dermaplaning is a very gentle exfoliating treatment performed with a medical-grade sterile blade. The blade is used to scrape away built-up dead skin cells and vellus hair (a.k.a. “peach fuzz”), leaving behind a brighter and smoother complexion. Dermaplaning is painless and downtime-free, but its benefits are limited compared to microdermabrasion.

Enjoy Healthy, Beautiful Skin All Year Round

Your skin is exposed to environmental threats each day, not to mention the stresses of ageing and lifestyle — without help, your daily skincare regimen may not be up to the task of keeping your complexion fresh.

Microdermabrasion is just one option in skin rejuvenation and anti-ageing at Kaya Cosmedica. We offer a full menu of nonsurgical treatments to help our patients reach all their aesthetic goals. To learn more about this procedure or others available, contact Kaya Cosmedica today on 03 9329 9991.

*Providing accurate information on medical procedures is extremely important to Kaya Cosmedica. All content on this website has been reviewed by Dr Parvin Khinda before being published. For more information on Microdermabrasion, please use the contact form below to get in touch.

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