Many of us are becoming more and more savvy when it comes to intelligent and healthy skin care, and we know that proper exfoliation is ideal for getting rid of dead, dull surface cells. The average cell turnover of our skin is every 28 days and is a process by which new skin cells, or epidermal cells, work their way to the surface to emerge as new and vibrant skin. This process of cellular turnover becomes sluggish as we grow older, because the new skin cells are impeded by the accumulation of dead skin that has not sloughed off. For this the reason skin appears congested, with clogged or enlarge pores, is uneven and rough in texture, and is visibly dull and less radiant.
Exfoliation is a must as we age and nowadays there are many options for every skin type. Microdermabrasion is a treatment option that effectively polishes the skin, partially or completely, by removing the surface skin cells in a gradual and controlled manner using a light abrasion. It can effectively work to remove the outer layers of sun-damaged skin, refine fine lines and wrinkles, treat blackheads and whiteheads, remove or lessen the appearance of scars and dark spots, and effectively stimulate cellular regeneration. Microdermabrasion can also be used for treatment of acne prone skin, but must be repeated every so often to be effective. The most common areas treated are the face, neck, décolleté, hands and shoulders, but nearly any area of the body can be treated. During the procedure, special attention is often paid to key problem areas and readies the skin for the introduction of specialized serums and other actives to the skin. Microdermabrasion should not be used on individuals who have taken the medication Accutane in the past 6 months to a year since this product causes the skin to become thin and vulnerable.
Microdermabrasion methods include mechanical abrasion using a low-pressure suction pump that blasts tiny crystals from pen-like device in a controlled stream of micronized aluminum oxide crystals. The used crystals and exfoliated skin cells are then sucked away by the vacuum action leaving the skin instantly softened and new. Another method is with a diamond tip; the appropriate tip or head is attached to a wand and then manipulated over to the skin combining mild abrasion with suction to remove the dead, outer layer of skin. Neither process is particularly painful, and may result in only mild discomfort and irritation
Add-on’s such as IPL treatments and chemical peels can go a long way to further promote cellular regeneration, and circulation for complete skin wellness. One can have spectacular results with specialized services of this kind that aggressively tackle age-related skin concerns like superficial age spots, as well as hyperpigmentation, acneic skin, oily, dry or patchy skin types and conditions, or skin that is congested and lackluster in appearance. A cocktail of treatments including IPL, microdermabrasion, chemical peels and facials can be alternated over a period of 3-6 weeks. Furthermore, these other facial treatments will be enhanced by one another and the skin will become visibly fresher and renewed in a much shorter time period.
Soon after a superficial microdermabrasion treatment, you may experience mild discomfort and your skin may look pink, much like having slight sunburn, but you will still be able to return to your regular activities that same day with a few exceptions. It is advised that you omit swimming or use of excessive heat, sunbathing (which is not recommended by skin care experts, period) or the use a tanning bed for as long as 48-72 hours following the procedure.
Also, the appropriate post-treatment home care is essential to preventing sun-induced hyperpigmentation and other damage. It is critical that unprotected sun exposure be avoided and a broad spectrum sun protection lotion or cream be worn at all times during the day. The sun protectant should have and an SPF of at least 15-30, and should be worn even in the winter. If make-up must be applied, begin with a light mineral powder and avoid the use heavy foundation for up to three days, until the new skin restores its protective barrier or acid mantle.
Microdermabrasion procedures should only be performed by specially trained and licensed aestheticians. For a microdermabrasion treatment in New York City, visit the nearest LaserTouch Aesthetics clinic for a complimentary consultation with a trained and licensed professional, or visit our website at www.lasertouchsoho.com for more information and promotions.
By: Lu Heaney
About LaserTouch Aesthetics:
LaserTouch Aesthetics and laser hair removal center, located in New York City, provides laser hair removal, laser skin rejuvenation, microdermabrasion, cellulite treatment, SmartLipo and other aesthetic procedures for female and male clients of all skin complexions. In order to best serve clients, LaserTouch Aesthetics utilizes the most advanced and safest laser and aesthetics technologies such as Candela GentleLASE®, GentleYAG®, Cutera® Xeo, Viora Reaction and Cynosure MPX. Services at LaserTouch Aesthetics include but are not limited to laser hair removal, ingrown hair treatment, SmartLipo, laser genesis, laser vein removal, freckle removal, sun-spot removal, cellulite reduction, skin tightening, mole and wart removal, radiosurgery, chemical peels, acne treatment with Levulan, VI Peel, Botox, Dysport, dermal fillers such as Juvederm, Radiesse, Restylane, and microdermabrasion(*).