Microdermabrasion and Micropeel are two of the most common anti-aging skin care methods in use today. However there are a vast number of microdermabrasion machines available and only a very few produce an effective peel and a visible result.
More importantly the machines used in a doctor's office are allowed to be stronger and more effective than machines sold to a spa or salon. Aestheticians who do microdermabrasion and Micropeel vary greatly in their skill and understanding of these techniques. Medical Aestheticians working in a physician's office are specifically trained and experienced. The fact that they work under the supervision of a doctor allows more effective treatments to be done.
Your result is very dependent on how your peel is done and how good the medical aesthetic and her machine are. Below I will discuss how Microdermabrasion and Micropeel work, what they can achieve for you, the best machines, and how you can tell if you receive a good treatment.
How Microdermabrasion Works
Microdermabrasion is a deep exfoliation technique that removes dead and damaged skin cells from your face, neck and décolletage skin. After the treatment new fresh skin cells are revealed and the skin looks and feels smoother. Superficial skin pigment or brown spots will be lightened.
Studies have shown that after repeated treatments fine wrinkles are improved, new collagen forms in the defect skin layer called the dermis, and sun spots are gone or significantly lightened. There are significant facial rejuvenation and anti-aging skin care benefits:
o Deep Exfoliation
o Removal of Sun Damage
o New Collagen Growth in Dermis
o Fine Wrinkle Removal
o Better Penetration of Retin A and Other Topical Agents
The technique uses a small glass tube with a hole on the side. A constant suction is passed through the tube by the machine and small sand like silica particles are passed through the glass tube by the machine.
As the tube is passed over your skin, the suction pulls your skin up into the stream of rushing silica particles and the moving particles abrade or remove dead skin cells that are dry, damaged and pigmented. This is exfoliation.
The Best Microdermabrasion Machines Are In a Doctor's Office
Companies that make these machines are only allowed to sell de-powered units to salons and spas. These weaker machines just are not effective. If you want to see effective results you need to have your treatment by an experienced medical aesthetician in a doctor's office.
We use the Megapeel machine. Dermagenesis is another good brand. Many machines just do not have enough power to provide adequate suction to abrade the skin.
There have been many new chemical machines which do not use the silica particles, but my patients prefer the standard original method using suction and silica particles.
How To Tell A If You've Had A Good Treatment
o Your skin will be pink or red
o Your skin will feel smooth
o Your skin will be slightly irritated
o You may have some skin peeling after a day or so
Micropeel is a combination of dermaplaning (scraping dead and damaged skin cells off of the surface of your face with a scalpel) followed by the application of a dilute AHA (glycolic acid) solution to the skin. This is often called the "lunchtime peel" because the Micropeel (TM) can be done and you can usually return to work right after the peel.
The Micropeel provides both mechanical (dermaplaning) and chemical skin peeling. While this sounds more complex, the Micropeel is a gentler lighter peel. We use the Micropeel for:
o Dry Skin
o Sensitive Skin
o Patients with Rosacea
Salicylic Acid, which is stronger than dilute glycolic acid, can be used for an even deeper peel. When Salicylic Acid is used the technique is called Micropeel Plus (TM).
How Long Does A Treatment Take?
These treatments take about 30 minutes.
What Do These Treatments Cost?
Effective treatments with better machines and proper technique are done in a doctor's office by an experienced medical aesthetician. They will be more expensive than those done in a salon or spa.
In Boston where I practice the following are typical costs:
Micropeel- $ 70.00
Microdermabrasion- $ 125.00
Where Should I Have My Treatments Done?
The benefits of having these treatments by a medical aesthetician in a doctor's office are:
o Medical Supervision
o Stronger, More Effective Treatments
o Access to Prescription Topical Medications
o Proper Safe Management if You Have A Problem
These are my favorite no-time non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures. These deep exfoliation techniques plus topical Retin A and Vitamin C Serum are the foundation of anti-aging skin care for all of my patients.
These techniques work, they are safe, effective and pleasant to experience. What could be a better way to start the anti-aging skin care process? It is never too early to start.