Due to the superficial nature of this exfoliation, you should not expect to really “peel”, but you may experience some localized flaking, redness or a wind-burn sensation. There are certain conditions that may require postponement of your peel including: inflamed acne lesions, opens cuts/ scratches, surgery within the last 3-6 months, illness or severe stress.
1. 24-48 hours prior to treatment, discontinue using all alpha hydroxy acid products (those containing glycolic or lactic acid), salicylic products, and other acne medications such as benzoyl peroxide.
2. The following procedures should not be performed for a minimum of 7 days before microdermabrasion: waxing, electrolysis, cosmetic injections (Botox, fillers), Chemical Peels, laser treatments.
3. Discontinue use of Vitamin A products 5-7 days prior to treatment. For prescription retinoids, discontinue use 2 weeks prior.
4. Avoid direct sunlight or tanning beds 2 weeks prior to treatment.
5. Male clients should shave the day prior to treatment.
1. Mild redness or tightness in the skin can be experienced for the first 12-24 hours post treatment and occasionally light flaking in localized areas. It is extremely important that you do no pick, scratch, pull or rub your skin during or after the treatment. If you do, it may damage underlying new skin, and cause scarring or pigmentation changes. Drink plenty of water and apply moisturizer as needed.
2. For the first 24 hours adhere to the following: avoid chemical hair treatments, sleep on back if possible, a fresh pillow case should be used, avoid excess heat from hot showers, steam rooms, hot tubs or extensive exercise, avoid use of make-up or irritating cosmetics. Do not go swimming for 48 hours post treatment. Chlorine, excess heat and irritating make-up or skin care may cause complications such as hyperpigmentation, rash or unwanted reaction.
3. No waxing, use of AHA’s, BHA’s, Retinoids, perfumes or exfoliation tools for 7 days post treatment.
4. No direct sun exposure or tanning for the duration of your treatments and for at least 2 weeks after your last. It is absolutely imperative to wear a minimum SPF 30 daily before, during and after Microdermabrasion.
5. Follow the appropriate home care regimen described by the Aesthetician following Microdermabrasion to ensure proper healing.
· Dermatitis, Eczema or Psoriasis in treatment area
· Suspicious spots, lesions or moles
· Excessive Telangiectasias
· Active Rosacea
· Open wounds/ bleeding
· Active/frequent Cold Sores/ Fever Blisters
· Hepatitis A/B/C or HIV/AIDS
· Auto-immune diseases including Insulin-dependent Diabetes, Lupus, Lyme’s etc.
· Cancer/ Chemotherapy medication(s)/ Radiation Treatment
· Accutane within last 12 months.
· Smoking: Heightened vascular sensitivity from nicotine and debilitating effect of exposure to toxic chemicals may result in decreased healing time.
· General state of health: Increased stress levels, chronic illness can result in decrease healing time.
· History of keloid scarring in treatment area.
· Very hypersensitive or Reactive Skin types
DOES MICRODERMABRASION HURT?
No. While Diamond Microdermabrasion deeply exfoliates the upper layer of the skin, it doesn't hurt. It may cause a slight "wind-burn" sensation or mild peeling for a few days after the treatment, but it is generally gentle enough for all skin types and sensitivities.
HOW MUCH TIME DOES IT REQUIRE?
A typical microdermabrasion face treatment takes between 30-45 minutes. However, if you have a lot of congestion, dead/dry skin, need extractions, choose to add-on to the treatment, or want your chest or other parts of the body treated, it may take longer.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE RECOMMENDED?
This depends on the skin type and concerns being treated, however marked improvements are typically obvious after the fifth consecutive session, even though most patients say they observed improvements after the first two. Most healthcare professionals suggest 6 to 10 Microdermabrasion treatments, scheduled around two-four weeks apart, so the skin has time to recover between sessions. After the recommended number of sessions, you may have to schedule another Microdermabrasion once every two or three months, to maintain the effects.
HOW SOON CAN I RETURN TO WORK/ACTIVITIES?
You can return to work/activities the minute you leave! However it is best to avoid direct sunlight and certain activities like vigorous exercise that can cause sweating, to avoid irritation to the skin. If your skin looks reddish, like after a mild sunburn, you are welcome to wear a light tinted moisturizer or non-irritating foundation.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT POST TREATMENT?
A hydrating sunscreen moisturizer is applied after Microdermabrasion, to avoid sun damage when you leave for the day. Some redness might occur on treated areas, but they generally disappear after a few hours. During the first 24 hours, your skin may feel dry, similarly to effects of a mild wind or sunburn. Use lots of moisturizer and drink plenty of water during the first few days.