Microdermabrasion

1What Is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a quick, safe and effective form of exfoliation for all skin types and colours with no downtime and virtually no discomfort. Microdermabrasion affects the outer layer of skin, the epidermis, by exfoliating the dead skin cells of your face, neck, chest or other areas. This is a treatment that many people like because it is not nearly as abrasive as dermabrasion or a chemical peel. Although results are subtler, those who have had the treatment find that their skin is more radiant, make-up goes on better, and pigmentation is evened out.

Microdermabrasion can treat brown sun spots, hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone, aging and dry skin, large pores, and may help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Your skin will look and feel healthier, smoother and more refreshed after this treatment. A more even skin tone and texture are key benefits. Any body area can be treated with the most common areas being the face, neck, chest, shoulders, back, hands, knees and elbows.
2How Does Microdermabrasion work?
Microdermabrasion works by exfoliating the dead skin cells from the outer layer of your skin. Approximately every 28 days we create a new layer of skin. As new cells form they push their way to the surface and the dead cells settle on the surface. This can cause enlarged pores, clogged pores, a bumpy uneven texture, and a dull appearance. As we age, this process slows down leading to the appearance of older skin with less radiance. The sensation felt is fairly mild and will leave the skin feeling like it has a slight sun or wind burn.

The Viora microdermabrasion system is - a new, compact, state of the art, skin peeling system. It has unique handpieces allowing practitioners to perform hypoallergenic laser cut, diamond resurfacing treatments. The duration of each treatment is significantly reduced and the peeling precision unparalleled, providing visible results after the first treatment.
3Who Are Good Candidates?
Men and women of any skin type or colour. Anyone with aging, congested, flaky, dry, devitalized, thickened, blemished, dull and sun damaged skin will look rejuvenated and refreshed. Blotchiness, uneven skin tones and texture will also be improved.
4How Long Does A Treatment Take?
Depending on the area being treated, the procedure can take between 20 and 40 minutes. A moisturizing sun block is applied after the procedure is completed. This treatment is meant to be progressive not aggressive. Typically, most people go through a series of 4 to 8 treatments at intervals of one to three weeks to achieve their desired results. Generally results are more noticeable after the 3rd treatment. Although, after the first session the skin will appear fresher, cleaner, smoother and softer. Maintenance treatments are suggested once every 1 to 1 ½ months. If you are having IPL treatments the usual interval is one 7-10 days prior to IPL then one 7-10 days after the IPL. Microdermabrasion treatments are often done as a series in combination with the IPL treatments.
5Does It Hurt?
Microdermabrasion causes little inconvenience or discomfort and most people can return to work immediately after the treatment.
6Side effects/precautions?
After the treatment, a slight tingling sensation may be experienced and the skin may feel tighter, as if exposed to the wind or sun. The skin may also appear slightly flushed, however, this generally fades in 12-24 hours. Extra hydrating soothing products are recommended, especially for the first 72 hours. Another important thing to remember is to wear sunscreen after the treatment, since your skin will be more susceptible to the light. Since there is minimal discomfort and no healing time, one can resume most normal activities immediately after the treatment. It is important, however, to NOT EXERCISE immediately after treatment, where perspiration is created. The perspiration may stimulate a stinging sensation that can take several hours to dissipate.

People who are taking Accutane must be off the medication for 4-6 months before having a microdermabrasion session. Those with undiagnosed lesions, a recent herpes outbreak, warts, active weeping acne, active Rosacea, unstable diabetes, or autoimmune disorders should not have microdermabrasion on the affected area.

Deep acne or other scars are not eliminated with microdermabrasion. Neither are tattoos or deep wrinkles, which deep peels or laser resurfacing are more effective in treating.

If you suffer with cold sores, you shoud be cold sore free prior to a treatment to avoid the risk of them spreading. Also, you need to discuss with the technician if you have severe rosacea, dermatitis, skin cancers, bruise easily, inflamed acne, Hepatitis C, AIDS, are on blood thinners or Accutane. If you use Retin A products or any skin care products that irritate the skin you should stop them for at least 2-3 days before and do not restart until 2-3 days after.

There is no concern if you are pregnant or nursing. If you use sun beds it is suggested to not tan for 2 weeks after a session.