Non Invasive Exfoliation / Microdermabrasion Sydney
Microdermabrasion is a light cosmetic procedure that uses a mechanical medium for exfoliation to gently remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells from the epidermis. Most commonly, microdermabrasion uses two parts: an exfoliating material like crystals or diamond flakes and a machine based suction to gently lift up the skin during exfoliation. It is a non-invasive procedure and may be performed in-office by a trained skin care professional. It’s usually done to the face, chest, neck, arms or hands. Before we can understand how microdermabrasion does what it does, it’s important to understand how skin works.
Your skin is made up of two main layers, the epidermis and the dermis. The epidermis is the layer closest to the outside world. It’s a set of dead skin cells on top of another layer of cells that are in the process of maturing. The topmost layer is called the stratum corneum. The stratum corneum mostly acts as a barrier between the outside world and the lower skin layers. It keeps all but the smallest molecules from getting through.
Much like brushing one’s teeth, microdermabrasion helps to gently remove skin “plaque” and skin debris.] Since human skin typically regenerates at approximately 30 day intervals, skin improvement with microdermabrasion is temporary and needs to be repeated at average intervals of two – four weeks for continued improvement. Multiple treatments in combination with sunscreen, sun avoidance, and other skin care creams yield best results.
How Microdermabrasion Works
Microdermabrasion may be performed to help diminish the appearance of superficial hyperpigmentation, and photo-damage, as well as diminish fine lines, wrinkles, acne, and shallow acne scars.
When you put lotions or creams on your skin, some of the moisture passes through the stratum corneum, but not all of it. This layer is home to many minor skin imperfections like fine wrinkle lines and blemishes. Removing dead skin (startum corneum of the epidermis) will aid in the penetration of skin care products and medications by up to 10-50%. The controlled skin exfoliation delivered by microdermabrasion will allow make-up and self-tanning products to go on much more smoothly.
Microdermabrasion treatment carries minimal to very few possible side effects or complications. However, some patients may experience temporary mild dryness, sun sensitivity, and rarely temporary bruising or scratches in the area of skin treated. Most people immediately return to daily activity after a session. Makeup and non-irritating creams can usually be applied within a few hours or right after microdermabrasion. Since there is an often immediate increased minor skin sensitivity after microdermabrasion, irritating products like glycolic acids, Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Retinoid products or fragranced creams and lotions are typically avoided right after the procedure.
At Laser Sydney our Microdermabrasion facial runs for 45 minutes. We being with cleansing of the face usng the amazing ASAP range with has the active ingredients to help prepare your skin for a regenerative facial.
We then apply the ASAP AHA/BHA mask for 5-10 minutes to help loosen the dead skin cell build up. While the mask is on we enlighten the treatment with a scalp massage.
Once the mask is removed we perform the microdermabrasion treatment using organic oxidized crystals which will go for 10 minutes.
Finally to finish off the treatment we apply the corrective serums your skin needs followed by the recommended moisturizer and massage it all in with a 5-10 minute facial massage.
Chemical Peels, Skin Rejuvenation
Glycolic acid is an Alpha-Hydroxy Acid (AHA) which naturally occurs in sugar cane, it has the smallest molecular size of all the AHA’s allowing it to better penetrate the skin. Lactic Acid is derived from milk and whilst it is excellent at resurfacing the skin it also increases the skin’s moisture levels. It is applied to the skin in various strengths ranging from 20-70% for varying time frames depending on the desired result and skins response. It loosens the thickened surface layers that appear as dry, rough, scaly skin and stimulates the production of collagen in the deeper layers. As the uppermost layers are sloughed away, a smoother textured and healthier skin is revealed. Glycolic peels are used to treat mild sun damage, pigmentation and loss of elasticity as well as acne, scaring, and uneven skin tones. Chemical Peels are divided into three categories: superficial, medium and deep.
ASAP skin care has developed two superficial peels: Glycolic Acid (GP40) and Modified Jessner’s (JP7). Superficial peels are generally tolerated well and require little down time following the treatment.
GP40 GLYCOLIC PEEL – 40 minutes $80
(Includes scalp massage + facial massage)
GP40 is a 40% Glycolic Acid (fruit acid) skin peel designed to remove dead skin cells and reveal a smooth and healthy glow. May be used to assist with treating dehydration lines, uneven skin tones, pigmentation and acne as well as many other skin conditions. The pH has been increased (buffered) to approximately 2.5 to reduce skin irritation and discomfort. Additional ingredients are Melfade, which assists with skin lightening and Cromist HYA, to assist in maintaining skin moisture immediately after a peel. Mild peeling may occur but is not typically severe.
A series of peels is recommended to achieve optimal results.
JP7 REVEAL PEEL – 40 minutes $99
(Includes scalp massage + facial massage)
JP7 is a modification of a traditional peel known as a Jessner’s peel. An advanced chemical skin peeling system designed to penetrate deeper for better results and even colour, revealing skins natural radiance. The concentration of all the active ingredients have been altered. This Peel is a little more intense than the GP40 and should only be done once every 3-6 months depending on the severity of the skin condition. This peel is only recommended for Fitzpatrick skin types 1-3 (Fair to light olive skin types) Contains Melfade to assist with reducing pigmentation, Trichloroacetic Acid to improve efficacy and Citric Acid for a mild peeling and hydrating effect. JP7 is likely to result in flaking skin for 5-7 days after the treatment.
What are the advantages of having a series of glycolic/lactic peels?
Helps to break down the cross linkages between aging skin cells
Speeds up the cell turnover rate
Can assist with the absorption of other products following a peel
Helps stimulate collagen production and other skin molecules to produce plumper, more even skin
Rejuvenated skin has a more youthful glowing appearance