Microdermabrasion is a procedure that exfoliates and removes the superficial layer of dry, dead skin cells. According to licensed medical aesthetician Monique Wheeler, at Advanced Medical Aesthetics, microdermabrasion machines can buff and polish the skin using a stream of fine crystals or a diamond tip. This system has a suction to vacuum the loose skin cells from the face while buffing it.
Patients with fine lines, uneven pigmentation and clogged pores may benefit most from a series of microdermabrasion treatments. Dr. Josef Khalil, the Physician and director of Advanced Medical Aesthetics, also recommends it for melasma patientsand individuals using retinoids such as Retin-A.
Patients with melasma, a form of pigmentation caused by a combination of hormones, ultraviolet light and inflammation, risk aggravating the pigment with lasers and almost any type of irritation, However, here at Advanced Medical Aestheticswe find melasma does well with a combination of a good topical care, vigilant sun protection and microdermabrasion.
Two of the major differences between an in-office microdermabrasion and an at-home wand or spa treatments are the devices used. In a medical office setting, we generally have machines with larger motors and more power, which penetrate deeper into the skin to provide precise exfoliation. At home machines operate on batteries, a total disadvantage in strength. Another advantage to medical setting microdermabrasion is the product that is used while receiving your facial. Advanced Medical Aesthetics has ingredients which are specifically formulated and a lot stronger than over the counter ingredients, which give lasting results.
The process of Diamond Microdermabrasion is a slightly different one, which produces somewhat different results. The Diamond procedure is best defined as working by means of a process of abrasion. Think of abrasion as a process of scratching or grating against the surface (a bit like how a cheese grater works), and essentially “sanding” away debris from the surface of your skin. A standard course of Diamond Microdermabrasion treatment will end with the use of a special, diamond tipped device, which will be used to “sand” away dead skin cells and suck up dirt from the surface of your face.
Microdermabrasion is not painful. It may leave the skin slightly red for an hour but our calming moisturizer and sunscreen, made by Dr. Khalil, here at Advanced Medical Aesthetics is applied after treatment and usually relieves all redness so you are just glowing out the door.
You shouldn't expect the results of a deep chemical peel or fractionated resurfacing laser with microdermabrasion. It is an excellent procedure to help buff off old skin and maximize the benefit of your regular topical regimen, as it removes the top layer of dead skin, it allows deeper penetration and absorption of products into new healthy skin. It keeps skin feeling smooth, helps pigment look even and is recommended to be done on face neck and chest.
How often you should get a microdermabrasion facial depends on your overall skin care needs and technician. Most in-office procedures pack a bigger punch and treatments are often scheduled at 3-6 week intervals. Our medical aesthetician is always hearing “I’m tired of wasting time and money on batteries for my home machine, they do nothing” She gladly shows them the difference and how effective our diamond tip is and everyone leaves feeling and seeing a real difference from a first time diamond tip micro-dermabrasion treatment.