Microdermabrasion is a painless, hygienic, non-invasive treatment for skin rejuvenation, which promotes intense cellular renewal. Similar to a facial but takes less time out of your busy day and gives a more efficient clean. The Austin Clinic has a Clairderm Crystal Slim Microdermabrasion Machine.
How Does Microdermabrasion Work?
Microdermabrasion is a system of intense exfoliation and resurfacing by using ultra-fine crystals. The crystals strike the skin to remove its outer layer, known as the epidermis, which is immediately vacuumed back up along with the dead skin cells. This action of crystals striking the skin increases blood circulation in the area and kickstarts collagen renewal, which is a process the body does naturally.
A mask is then applied to further treat your skin condition and finally a post treatment cream is applied to help soothe the skin and protect it from the elements.
What Skin Conditions Does Microdermabrasion Treat?
Microdermabrasion has many benefits and is appropriate for everyone. It is particularly good for helping those with Acne or uneven skin tone. The exfoliation of the crystals really helps to clear away blockages and dead skin cells that can cause Acne. The motion of the crystals on the skin also helps reduce scarring and can help to close large pores. Let’s not forget that Microdermabrasion also combats fine lines and wrinkles and improves skin tone and texture.
Microdermabrasion is good for:
- Acne scarring
- Large pores
- Dull or uneven skin tone
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- General rejuvenation
It Also Works Well With…
At the Austin Clinic we often recommend alternating treatments or following one treatment with another to gain optimal results. Treatments that work well with Microdermabrasion are:
Good for: Acne and Sensitive skin
Why? Adding a photonlight treatment onto the end of a Microdermabrasion treatment can be very beneficial for those with Acne or sensitive skin. It can help to further reduce inflammation, redness and Acne caused by bacteria
- Broadband Light
Good for: Uneven tone and Fine lines/wrinkles
Why? Alternating Broadband Light and Microdermabrasion treatments can help to further improve uneven skin tone and fine lines or wrinkles
- HydraFacial MD
Good for: Sensitive skin, Acne and Skin conditions
Why? Alternating HydraFacial MD treatments with Microdermabrasion treatments can improve the tone and texture of the skin further and is particularly good for those with sensitive skin or skin conditions like Rosacea
- Dermal Needling
Good for: Scarring and Acne Scarring
Alternating dermal needling treatments with Microdermabrasion treatments can help to further reduce Acne scarring
To get the most out of your Microdermabrasion treatment speak to the doctor or your skin specialist about your skin care regime. There may be something you are doing or using inadvertently which could be counter-productive or even exacerbating your skin condition.
Q: How much does a Microdermabrasion cost?
A: A Microdermabrasion costs $165/treatment. If you have Acne or Acne scarring you may be eligible for a rebate from Medicare. A consultation with the doctor is needed to assess your eligibility.
Q: How often should I have a Microdermabrasion?
A: If you are treating a particular skin condition the doctor will suggest a number of treatments close together, reducing the frequency once the condition calms down. If you are coming to keep your skin healthy or for rejuvenation, we recommend coming every 3 – 4 weeks to get the best results.
Q: Do I need to prep my skin before having a Microdermabrasion?
A: No, you do not. Unless your doctor specifically advises you to stop a topical treatment you are using prior you do not need to change your regular skin care regime at all.
Q: Is there any downtime after a Microdermabrasion?
A: No, there is no downtime. You may be slightly pink after but this should fade within a couple or hours. As your skin has had a deep clean during your treatment we recommend not using a scrub or any other really active exfoliant that night. You can go back to your normal skin care regime the next day. Just be aware that as all of the dead skin cells have been removed your new skin will be more sensitive to the sun for about a week after so we highly recommend wearing a minimum 30+ UVA/UVB sunscreen and re-applying often.
Q: Can I put make up on straight after?
A: Yes, you can. To get the most out of your treatment it would be best to leave your skin clean but if you do need to apply makeup it is not going to undo the treatment. To ensure you are not exacerbating your skin condition we would strongly recommend that you wear a mineral makeup that is non-comedogenic.