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This treatment is currently only available at New Town Skin Cancer Centre.
Microdermabrasion is one of the most affordable and effective non-surgical treatments available in skin rejuvenation. It produces immediate results with no downtime.
The 30-minute treatment involves the application of tiny, rough crystals to rub away the upper layers of dead skin cells. The cells are then gently removed by a suction device attached to the same crystal depositing head. There is no pain or discomfort during the procedure.
The combination of abrasion and suction allows the skin’s healing process to commence and bring back newer skin cells which look and feel smoother. Some visible imperfections such as sun damage and fine lines can be removed.
The treatment differs significantly from dermabrasion, a treatment used by dermatologists since the 1930s for the treatment of acne scars and sun damaged skin. Dermabrasion is a much more ablative procedure than microdermabrasion. It requires anaesthesia, many hours to perform, and several weeks to heal and recover from.
Microdermabrasion can benefit people of all ages. It is unlikely to provide any dramatic cosmetic benefit for teenagers and people in their early 20s, however it can act like a therapeutic facial massage for this age group.
The treatment is unlikely to make any major change to fine lines, wrinkles, or deep pigmentation changes such as melasma. Most skin ageing or cosmetic concerns need additional treatments such as chemical peels, skin needling or antiwrinkle injections. The microdermabrasion procedure generally takes about 30 minutes, and is performed by one of our registered nurses or clinical assistants. Be assured our doctors are always on site.
Some patients are not suitable for microdermabrasion. These include patients with a lot of fine capillaries, broken spider blood vessels or tendency to rosacea in the mid face. Such patients can develop pinpoint bleeding under the skin.
You will be at rest on a reclining couch under soft lights, with protective eye pads and a head band. Your face will be cleansed of all makeup prior to treatment. The hand piece is applied sequentially over your forehead, temples, mid face, nose, upper lip, lower face, and chin. You may feel a slight pulling sensation as the hand piece moves over your face, but there is no pain or discomfort. The treatment is usually completed within 30 minutes and is followed by an application of cosmeceutical serum to promote healing.
Patients often feel better about the way their skin feels within 24 hours. They comment that their skin is smoother and feels fresher. These results are temporary, lasting up to two weeks. Microdermabrasion treatment can be beneficial when undertaken once a month as part of a skin care regime.
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