Ask your practitioner about
Microdermabrasion for the body
Fine lines & wrinkles, sun damage, superficial age spots, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone & texture, melasma, acne & acne scars, clogged, congested or enlarged pores, blackheads, and stretch marks.
Contraindications include but are not limited to the following:
- Accutane (isotretinoin) in the last 6 months
- Retin A topical or other skin-irritating products
- Aesthetic procedures/injections in the last 2 weeks
- Blood-thinning medications within the last week
- History of keloid scarring or abnormal wound healing
- Skin cancer or suspicious lesions
- Sunburn (natural sunlight, tanning) and extreme sensitivity
- Epilepsy (contraindicated for LED light therapy)
- Poorly controlled medical conditions (i.e. diabetes, vascular)
- Impaired immune system and/or use of immunosuppressive medications
- Active infection, cold sores (Herpes Simplex), psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis
- Patients with unrealistic expectations
Your aesthetic specialist will assess the condition of your skin and provide you with a customized treatment plan. During your treatment, your skin will be appropriately cleansed and prepared. Microdermabrasion uses a wand covered with small, natural diamond chips to physically exfoliate the top layer of the skin, removing dead skin cells and revealing an overall smoother and brighter complexion. Afterward, your skin will be replenished and hydrated, and protected with an SPF. Microdermabrasion is very tolerable and leaves the skin looking fresh and vibrant. It also increases the efficacy of your medical grade skincare products, by boosting their absorption. Treatments typically take 30 minutes.
A series of regularly scheduled treatments 2 – 8 weeks apart. A typical plan starts with two sessions per month for the first 2 – 3 months and then touch-up treatments every 1 – 2 months to maintain and prolong the desired effects.
Compliance with the recommended pre / post-care instructions as well as recommended follow-up visits by your practitioner are crucial in minimizing the risk of side effects and complications. It is your responsibility to inform your practitioner of your most recent sun exposure, new medications, or changes in medical history before each treatment is performed.
Before Your Treatment
- Pregnancy or lactating. Treatment may lead to excessive skin irritation and/or breakouts.
- Patients who have used Accutane or similar products within the last 6 months CANNOT be treated.
- Avoid excessive sun exposure as well as the use of artificial tanning beds for 72 hours before treatment.
- Always use an SPF 30 or higher containing zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide for proper sun protection.
- Discontinue the use of any topical products that may be drying or irritating (e.g. AHAs, BHAs, retinoids) for 48 hours prior.
- Discontinue use of over-the-counter acne medications such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid for 48 hours prior.
- Refrain from waxing and use of depilatories for 48 hours prior.
- For men, shaving is not recommended on the day of treatment. If you choose to shave, please shave at least 3-4 hours prior.
- Avoid other aesthetic procedures or cosmetic injections in the area(s) to be treated for 2 weeks before and after. Botox and fillers can be given on the same day but ONLY AFTER the microdermabrasion treatment.
- If you are prone to cold sores, it is recommended to take antiviral medication for 2 or more days before and after.
- Stay hydrated by drinking 8+ glasses of water daily to improve results & healing time.
Day of Treatment
- Arrive with clean skin free of any lotion, oil, makeup, powder, or sunscreen.
- Notify your practitioner of any changes in your medication, health status, or personal activities that may be relevant to your treatment.
- Microdermabrasion treatments last around 20 – 40 minutes depending on the treatment area.
- Your practitioner will make individual recommendations on when to resume normal skincare.
After your treatment
- Use of sunscreen following treatment is mandatory! Please use SPF 30 or higher containing zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide for proper sun protection following treatment as your skin is more susceptible to UV rays which slow down the benefits of your treatment.
- Please refrain from prolonged direct sun exposure or tanning beds for 2 weeks.
- Common side effects such as slight redness, tenderness, and swelling usually subside within a few hours after treatment.
- Petechiae, or colored spots indicating pinpoint bleeding beneath the skin which usually clear up within a few hours to several days.
- Keep the treated area clean and well hydrated (specifically for the first 7 days). DO NOT scrub skin when cleansing.
- Discontinue use of any topical products that may be drying or irritating (e.g. AHAs, BHAs, retinoids) for 48 hours after.
- Discontinue use of over-the-counter acne medications such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid for 48 hours after.
- Avoid excessive heat exposure (i.e. hot showers, hot tub, sauna, intense cardio, or other workouts) for 24 hours after.
- Do not have any other aesthetic treatments on the treated area for at least 1-2 weeks after.
- If you do not need to apply makeup for the remainder of the day it is preferred to go without.
- To achieve maximum results, ongoing treatments and a daily home skincare program are recommended.
If you experience any side effects, such as prolonged redness, irritation, or a histamine reaction contact your practitioner immediately for proper assessment and care instructions.