MICRODERMABRASION AND LIGHT CHEMICAL PEELS
MICRODERMABRASION AND LIGHT CHEMICAL PEELS: WHAT ARE THEY GOOD FOR?
Light chemical peels and microdermabrasion are most commonly used for:
- refreshing skin texture and improving “glow”
- helping to treat certain types of acne, clean out pores
- helping with melasma when done in a series of 4-5
- after some lasers to speed shedding of brown pigment
- before weddings, reunions, etc to improve skin
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WHAT DO MICRODERMABRASION AND LIGHT CHEMICAL PEELS TREAT?
Microdermabrasion is often used in conjunction with laser photorejuvenation treatments to help even out color and remove brown spots. It is more effective than home scrubs.
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WHAT IS MICRODERMABRASION?
Microdermabrasion is a method by which very fine crystals are vacuumed across the skin under pressure with a tiny vacuum-cleaner-like tip. The newer systems don’t use crystals but instead tiny diamond chips embedded in the tip to provide the abrasion. It’s nice to use the newer crystal-free systems but not essential.
Also, the newer systems offer the ability to infuse therapeutic agents at the same time that the microdermabrasion is being performed. For example, an aesthetician can infuse a solution of salicylic acid, which helps to clean out the pores while the microdermabrasion is working. Or, hyaluronic acid, could be infused to add extra moisture.
Microdermabrasion can cause irritation or inflammation if the microdermabrasion is too aggressive for your skin type.Depending on how much acne or pigment you have and how sensitive your skin is, approximately five microdermabrasions are done one to four weeks apart, followed by a maintenance treatment about every four to eight weeks.
You may have seen the terms Parisian peel, diamond peel, or lunch-time peel. Most of these all refer to the same process microdermabrasion.
WHAT ARE LIGHT CHEMICAL PEELS?
Like microdermabrasion, they are usually gentle enough that you can go right back to your daily activities.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I GET MICRODERMABRASION OR LIGHT CHEMICAL PEELS?
This really depends on your skin. If you are very oily and acne-prone, you may want to get a series or two every year with maintenance treatments every 4 weeks. For others, a series (usually 3-5 treatments) followed by a maintenance treatment every couple of months might be plenty.
WHEN WILL I SEE RESULTS WITH MICRODERMABRASION OR LIGHT CHEMICAL PEELS?
will help to keep the pores unclogged.
HOW MUCH DO MICRODERMABRASION AND LIGHT CHEMICAL PEELS COST?
MDAs and light chemical peels are often priced by the area, such as the face, neck, chest, upper back and discounts are often given if you purchasing a series so it’s difficult to say exactly. A single treatment of face might be $75-150 with a series of 5 in the range of $300-600.
ARE CHEMICAL PEELS NEW?
DO THE TREATMENTS HUR, AND HOW LONG WILL THEY TAKE?
For light chemical peels, there is mild stinging for a few minutes. The treatments usually take 30 to 60 minutes, depending on what else is being done.
WHAT WILL I LOOK LIKE RIGHT AFTER TREATMENT, AND WHAT WILL THE HEALING TIME BE?
Generally, the skin may look slightly pink for one to two days after the treatment, although not everyone experiences this. Check with your aesthetician, but makeup can be used starting right after the treatment as long as it is applied over a moisturizer and removed very gently.
You will need to increase your use of moisturizers during the treatment period as your skin will be slightly drier temporarily. Be sure to use sunscreen every morning.
PRIOR TO THE TREATMENT FOR MICRODERMABRASION OR LIGHT CHEMICAL PEELS...
Postpone treatment if an active herpes (cold sore) outbreak exists or if you plan to be exposed to
strong sunlight in the next week.
IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE TREATMENT WITH MICRODERMABRASION OR LIGHT CHEMICAL PEELS
- Moisturizers and sunscreen will be applied before leaving the treatment room.
- Moisturize and re-apply sunscreen (at least an SPF 15 with 5-10% zinc or titanium or 3% mexoryl) several times during the day as needed.
- Your skin may feel like you had a slight windburn or sunburn. Maintain hydration both topically and internally (drink plenty of water).
- Avoid direct sunlight for a week.
- Avoid Retin-A and glycolic acids for two-three days after the peel.
- Avoid swimming in chlorinated pools for a few days before and after (chlorine is very drying). Always avoid tanning beds.
- Avoid waxing of the treated area for at least one week; areas may be sensitive to waxing for up to one month after treatment.
WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE MEDICAL OR COSMETIC SIDE EFFECTS?
MDAs and light chemical peels are generally quite safe when performed by an experienced, licensed aesthetician or a medical provider like an MA or an RN.
Burns have occurred though if peel solutions were too strong or left on too long. These are usually superficial and heal well. Rarely, permanent scarring or pigment problems have occurred.
MDA, if done too aggressively, can irritate, cause redness and inflammation and an increase in fine lines (temporary). Both can activate cold sores as mentioned above. You will also be temporarily more sun sensitive so be sure to use sunscreen daily and more often if outdoors.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?
The main side effects are mild, temporary swelling, redness, an accentuation of the brown spots, crusting, and an occasional bruise.
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