Microdermabrasion is a procedure which involves a removal of the top layer of skin with a small hand-held device. It is considered to be a non-invasive procedure.
Microdermabrasion exfoliate the skin, reduce signs of aging, reduces appearance of scars and make the skin appear more even. The procedure is usually painless and takes approximately 20-30 min to complete. At Hardwick Clinic we combine microdermabrasion with other skin rejuvenation procedures to optimise the results. An example of a combine procedure would be microdermabrasion, microcurrent and photodynamic therapy (PDT). As a guide, it is recommended to complete 4 to 12 procedures two to four weeks apart to achieve optimal results.
Photodynamic Therapy following microdermabrasion
To enhance the effect of the chemical peel it can be combined with Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) and carefully selected skin care products and/or lymphatic drainage combined with a soothing facemask to take home.
Your doctor will always discuss these treatment with you and design a treatment plan based on your skin. In general these procedures are excellent for the following:
Reduce appearance of lines and wrinkles
Treat the results of sun damage
Improve the appearance of mild scarring
Treat certain types of acne
Reduce pigmentation, post inflammatory pigmentation, age spots, freckles and dark patches
Improve the look of skin that is dull in texture and color
You should not have such treatments in the following circumstances:
Active Coldsore – herpes labialis / simplex
Roaccutane use within past 6 months
Recent surgery (healing wound)
Sunburn from Insufficient sun protection
Usually 6-12 treatments are required, with a minimum of 2 to 4 weeks between treatments.
Your doctor will inform you at the free consultation about the best ways to prepare for these treatments. We can prescribe professional cosmetics 2 weeks prior to treatment and for post-treatment use. This will optimise the response to the peel or microdermabrasion and support skin rejuvenation afterwards.
For male clients it is important to have shaved approximately 3-4 hours before treatment.