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MICRODERMABRASION

MICRODERMABRASION IS SAFER THAN IPL, RF, FLASH LAMPS, AND LASERS

Definition: Microdermabrasion: “Microdermabrasion is a mechanical exfoliation technique that removes the corneum cells” ( Mark Lees). “It is a process using crystalline particles that are pressure-sprayed onto the skin and then vacuumed”. (Mark Lees). The crystals can also be mixed in a cream and applied by hand and used with a rotating pad for home care.

Abstract:

Microdermabrasion is a proven mechanical skin exfoliation technique used in salons and cosmetic clinics to rejuvenate the facial skin and to reverse aging changes ( Mark Lees). It can safely be used by trained cosmetic beauticians and is far safer than IPL, RF, lasers, fractional or mosaic photothermolysis. Microdermabrasion should not be combined with alphahydroxy home care, as the skin can become severley sensitized. But, according to Mark Lees, loss of skin elasticity, can be improved greatly cosmetically, by the use of alphahydroxy acids, peptides, collagen stimulants and sunscreens, alone. Microdermabrasion physically removes dead cells from the stratum corneum, and the outcomes are predictable ( Mark Lees). It is a good alternative to chemical peels for exfoliation, but a combination is too severe for the skin of the face. As far as rejuvenation is concerned, a combination of microdermabrasion and good quality cosmetic cream renders far superior and faster clinical results than RF, IPL, flash –lamps , fractional or mosaic-fractional laser treatment. This combination of treatment ( exfoliation plus cosmetic cream) is a fraction of the price of IPL, RF and laser. In terms of money, we are talking about hundreds compared to thousands of Rands. Microdermabrasion plus creams almost always works. On the other hand, IPL, RF and lasers often have invariable results, leading to very angry clients who have wasted a lot of money and end up with dermal scarring of the face or excessive pigmentation. Over-exfoliation can occur with combination chemical peels and microdermabrasion, and the two options should not be used concurrently( Mark Lees). This combination can damage the skin barrier function ( Mark Lees). This is why it is important to have an experienced doctor next door, to supervise and give critical advice. Leaving important decisions up to a beautician will just court disaster. There are so many faces out there that are very sensitive, and waiting for a disaster. A detailed pre-assessment with skin-analysis, by an expert is needed to advise an appropriate rejuvenation option. It is not acceptable to tell a client, all we have in the salon or clinic is IPL or laser. Lesser treatments are far better often and one should start off with massage, facials and then progress onwards. Clinics should not just start with IPL and lasers ab-initio and ignore established beautician techniques. On the other hand, the danger of microdermabrasion, although small, is that it can be overdone by the salon or clinic esthetician due to bad judgement ( Mark Lees). Therefore, before selecting an exfoliation option, carefully assess the sensitivity and thickness of the clients skin ( Mark Lees). From a time point of view, it is quicker to do microdermabrasion than a chemical peel. Results are basically the same. But a salon or clinic that does good peels exhibits sophistication above the rest. And for the SPA, salon, clinic to achieve these goals, experienced medical personnel and beauticians are needed. Clients must be careful of clinics that do cosmetics treatments just with machines, without the presence of cosmetic beauticians. Clinics should have the full range of beauty treatments available and take into account the physiology of the skin. Inappropriate laser therapy can cause dermal scarring, pigmentation, induce severe skin drying, and induce damage to the lipid and acid mantle. Insist on a pre-treatment assessment by an expert and careful skin analysis before accepting an option. Fortunately, with microdermabrasion, one cannot go wrong and side effects are very uncommon. For microdermabrasion, a series of treatments is needed, but results are quickly observed ( and much faster than IPL, RF, flash lamps, fractitional and mosaic laser phototherapy) , and skin texture can be improved. Excessive use again, causes hyper-pigmentation like IPL and lasers in skin sensitive clients. AHA products should not be used for up to 2 weeks after having microdermabrasion treatment ( Mark Lees). Interval or maintenance treatment is needed, as the effect is lost once treatment is stopped, and the old skin reforms and builds up. ISOLAGEN PROCESS IS EFFECTIVE ADJUNCTIVE BIOLOGICAL TREATMENT FOR BEAUTY AND COSMETIC PRACTICE

Specialists in nonablative skin rejuvenation and autologous cellular regeneration.
Fibroblasts 2008
Isolagen or PRP? 08
Isolagen Process 08
PRP Rejuvenate 08
PRP Dressing 08
L-MESITRAN 2008
PRP Injuries 2008
PRP-Hair Graft 2008
PRP-Face 2008
Plateltex-Gel 2008
Smartlipo 2008
Tissue Culture 2008
Botox Risks 2008
Skin evidence 2008
PRP 2008
Ultrashape 2008
Keratinocytes2008
Needling 2008
Lipofilling 2008
Diabetic Foot 2008
Myofibroblast 2008
NERVE 2007
PRP: S. Africa
Imedeen wdrwl
Radiancy 2007
Velasmooth
E- Laser
Regenlab ACR 07
Regenkit 2007
Regen PRP MESO
Skin Analysis
LED 2007
GF and Peptides
Thermage
Stem Cells
Testimonials
Skills
 
Click here to go to ReGen Lab PRP
 
Got to Laboratoires La Licorne

 

 

MICRODERMABRASION

MICRODERMABRASION IS SAFER THAN IPL, RF, FLASH LAMPS, AND LASERS

Definition: Microdermabrasion: “Microdermabrasion is a mechanical exfoliation technique that removes the corneum cells” ( Mark Lees). “It is a process using crystalline particles that are pressure-sprayed onto the skin and then vacuumed”. (Mark Lees). The crystals can also be mixed in a cream and applied by hand and used with a rotating pad for home care.

Abstract:

Microdermabrasion is a proven mechanical skin exfoliation technique used in salons and cosmetic clinics to rejuvenate the facial skin and to reverse aging changes ( Mark Lees). It can safely be used by trained cosmetic beauticians and is far safer than IPL, RF, lasers, fractional or mosaic photothermolysis. Microdermabrasion should not be combined with alphahydroxy home care, as the skin can become severley sensitized. But, according to Mark Lees, loss of skin elasticity, can be improved greatly cosmetically, by the use of alphahydroxy acids, peptides, collagen stimulants and sunscreens, alone. Microdermabrasion physically removes dead cells from the stratum corneum, and the outcomes are predictable ( Mark Lees). It is a good alternative to chemical peels for exfoliation, but a combination is too severe for the skin of the face. As far as rejuvenation is concerned, a combination of microdermabrasion and good quality cosmetic cream renders far superior and faster clinical results than RF, IPL, flash –lamps , fractional or mosaic-fractional laser treatment. This combination of treatment ( exfoliation plus cosmetic cream) is a fraction of the price of IPL, RF and laser. In terms of money, we are talking about hundreds compared to thousands of Rands. Microdermabrasion plus creams almost always works. On the other hand, IPL, RF and lasers often have invariable results, leading to very angry clients who have wasted a lot of money and end up with dermal scarring of the face or excessive pigmentation. Over-exfoliation can occur with combination chemical peels and microdermabrasion, and the two options should not be used concurrently( Mark Lees). This combination can damage the skin barrier function ( Mark Lees). This is why it is important to have an experienced doctor next door, to supervise and give critical advice. Leaving important decisions up to a beautician will just court disaster. There are so many faces out there that are very sensitive, and waiting for a disaster. A detailed pre-assessment with skin-analysis, by an expert is needed to advise an appropriate rejuvenation option. It is not acceptable to tell a client, all we have in the salon or clinic is IPL or laser. Lesser treatments are far better often and one should start off with massage, facials and then progress onwards. Clinics should not just start with IPL and lasers ab-initio and ignore established beautician techniques. On the other hand, the danger of microdermabrasion, although small, is that it can be overdone by the salon or clinic esthetician due to bad judgement ( Mark Lees). Therefore, before selecting an exfoliation option, carefully assess the sensitivity and thickness of the clients skin ( Mark Lees). From a time point of view, it is quicker to do microdermabrasion than a chemical peel. Results are basically the same. But a salon or clinic that does good peels exhibits sophistication above the rest. And for the SPA, salon, clinic to achieve these goals, experienced medical personnel and beauticians are needed. Clients must be careful of clinics that do cosmetics treatments just with machines, without the presence of cosmetic beauticians. Clinics should have the full range of beauty treatments available and take into account the physiology of the skin. Inappropriate laser therapy can cause dermal scarring, pigmentation, induce severe skin drying, and induce damage to the lipid and acid mantle. Insist on a pre-treatment assessment by an expert and careful skin analysis before accepting an option. Fortunately, with microdermabrasion, one cannot go wrong and side effects are very uncommon. For microdermabrasion, a series of treatments is needed, but results are quickly observed ( and much faster than IPL, RF, flash lamps, fractitional and mosaic laser phototherapy) , and skin texture can be improved. Excessive use again, causes hyper-pigmentation like IPL and lasers in skin sensitive clients. AHA products should not be used for up to 2 weeks after having microdermabrasion treatment ( Mark Lees). Interval or maintenance treatment is needed, as the effect is lost once treatment is stopped, and the old skin reforms and builds up.

Process of facial rejuvenation

  • You need to be referred to a reputable Spa, salon or clinic

  • The clinic should be staffed with trained practitioners and beauticians
  • A clinic offering cosmetic treatments should offer the full range of services
  • Don’t just jump for IPL, RF, lasers
  • First undergo a proper facial assessment, including skin analysis
  • Discuss the treatment options
  • Start with beauty treatments and proper cosmetics. In younger clients Botox offers excellent short term treatment, and gets rid of ugly frown lines.
  • Commence with microdermabrasion and cosmetic creams, and pleasing results will be seen after two weeks.
  • Results are subtle and modest and take weeks or months to become obvious. Repeated treatment sessions are needed. There are no magic bullets to reverse the aging process and to turn the clock back. But the face can be preserved with good cosmetics.
  • If you have a sensitive skin be careful.
  • Reduce alcohol consumption and stop smoking.
  • Stay out of the sun and wear sunscreens. Wear a broad rim hat when you go into the sun. Stay in shaded areas with overhead sun between 12 and two o’clock.
  • See a dermatologist if you have scaly areas, and pigmented areas that change. It is important to diagnose malignant melanoma and other skin cancers early so that they can be removed by a plastic surgeon.

The general indications for microdermabrasion include:

  • Photoaging of the skin : prevention and treatment

  • Actinic spots
  • Hyperkeratosis
  • Acne scars
  • Melasma (but can come back!!)
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Blackheads and to control pore size
  • Oily skin
  • Superficial and keloid scars
  • Stretch marks
  • Pre-treatment for LED laser treatment/ resurfacing ( Microdermabrasion used together with 633nm LED light therapy renders excellent results within 5 sessions and is not so harsh as lasers and IPL: simply because 633nm red LED therapy is athermal in nature and stimulates the skin fibroblasts and keratinocytes/mast cells by bio modulation
  • Will enhance absorption of quality creams

Contraindications for microdermabrasion ( after Mark Lees)

  • Comporose and telangiectic skin ( lots of small vessels)

  • Fragile, thin skin ( problem of reddening)
  • Older skin ( bruising)
  • Severely sun damaged skin
  • Patient receiving retinoic acid or Retin-A
  • Acne prone skin
  • Fair, thin, red and irritable skin
  • History that skin is easily irritated

Mild abrasive treatment that renders pleasing results

If the client is looking for a non-ablative and non-invasive facial resurfacing technique, without down time, this is the option worth considering in aesthetic medicine, at least before IPL, RF or laser. Microdermabrasion is the core business of salons because together with it you have so many options, is cost effective, renders predictable results and is affordable. The face does not get damaged and there are no risks of post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation seen after IPL and laser treatment. Also, the results of non-ablative fractional or mosaic photothermolysis, are very variable. But the outcomes of microdermabrasion take time to become visible and are not permanent. This leads to client dissatisfaction because the lines and wrinkles have not gone or ameliorated, and pigmentation may be accentuated in a small cohort of persons, if overdone. But with microdermabrasion, good facial creams, and an optional peel you can be sure of an excellent result. A silky skin, polished and smooth. Also after the 4th treatment a very good result is visible, except in faces severely damaged by solar aging. And the treatment is far cheaper than IPL, RF and laser, takes about 20-30 minutes and that’s it. And the treatment costs about R300 per session and the treatment is endorsed by dermatologists and plastic surgeons. Often no need for botulinum, but can be considered. This is really a good option worth considering if you want to upgrade your beauty treatment and you are cash strapped. BOLANDCELL has extensive experience in this aesthetic treatment modality and recommends it. Most salons are equipped with this device, the tip of which may be crystals are diamonds. Models can be purchased from Radiant Health in Gauteng.

The apparatus ( for potential buyers) consists of the following vital components.

  • Chassis , suction component, and dials to control suction

  • An extension pipe from the machine to the patient onto the end of which is attached the working head lined with crystals and diamonds.

The practitioner or therapist works with the apparatus as follows.

  • You lie supine on an examination couch, having removed all make-up

  • The suction is set and the head is manually massaged over the face, gently and the superficial dead and exfoliating skin is abraded away and sucked up. That’s all. First the one side then the other side of the face is done, finally the neck. And it is not painful. At the end of the session the skin feels smooth and relaxing. So the superficial layers of the face skin is gently “sand-papered” and rough surface smoothed out. Your salon will also advise a peel or facial at a later stage. You need about 6-10 sessions and twice yearly sessions for maintenance. Female’s gender really enjoy the treatment which is affordable and works, compared to RF, IPL and lasers. This is a good point of departure with facial beauty treatment.

There are three levels of microdermabrasion: superficial, intermediate and deep level. BOLANDCELL recommends the superficial one that leaves the skin refreshed and feeling comfortable. Treatment sessions should be weekly as the effect is lost at about three weeks. Results are visible by the 3rd session of treatment. After treatment avoid the sun, apply sun block SPF 30. Consider maintenance biannually.

Adverse reactions are few, but some people have a very sensitive skin and become red very quickly, especially in the neck region. Not a problem, as it subsides in a few hours. Some complain of slight burning, but this is also short lived. In some, tenseness of the skin and dryness is seen. Moisturisers solve this problem. Pigment changes are not seen, but if occur, are transient in nature. Avoid going too deep as crusting and infection can be precipitated, but is very rare. Be mindful in persons with acne. Delay treatment if acne is wet and pimples are visible.

Aftercare with a good cosmetic cream is important. A night serum, such as NEOSTRATA™ BIONIC FACE SERUM (lactobionic serum) renders very good results.

Basically, the procedure mechanically abrades the dead upper layers of the skin and vacuums the dead cells away (from Stratum corneum). This allows new cells to regenerate from the depth of the epitehelium including the stem cells that form the keratinocytes. Collagen formation is also stimulated.

BOLANDCELL choice:

Microdermabrasion on a regular basis, LED red light-phototherapy ( Omnilux™), and occasional peels with the use of night creams such as NEOSTRATA™ bionic face serum. Start early in life before severe sagging, and midface jowls become obvious at what stage reversal is difficult. In cosmetic selection, one should consider Neostrata Renewal Cream ( 12 AHA) and Neostrata High Potency Cream ( 20 AHA).

Fig 1: Skin keratinocytes and fibroblasts in TC

 

Fig 1: Skin keratinocytes and fibroblasts in TC

Fig 2: Technique of microdermabrasion in the SPA, salon and clinic

 

Fig 2: Technique of microdermabrasion in the SPA, salon and clinic

Fig 3: Keratinocytes in TC. Microdermabrasion removes dead keratinocytes from the stratum corneum.

 

Fig 3: Keratinocytes in TC. Microdermabrasion removes deadkeratinocytes from the stratum corneum.

References:

  • Mark Lees: Skin Care Beyond The Basics. Third Edition. Thomson.

Posted and revised: 26 May 2008

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