Getting Microdermabrasion in Atlanta
What is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion has been around for many years, and it’s one of the most affordable skin treatments available that offers therapeutic benefits1. It also pairs well with a variety of other skin treatments like chemical peels and Affirm laser2.
While there are various types of Microdermabrasion procedures available at WIFH we have chosen the bristle technology, DermaSweep MD, for its precision, comfort, and efficacy. Like all microdermabrasion devices, DermaSweep removes the top layer of skin cells leaving the skin soft and smooth. While most microdermabrasion treatments stop here, DermaSweep has an infusion step. After the skin has been nicely exfoliated it is open to better receive topical products. A polishing tip is placed on the hand piece and a customized serum is infused deep down into the skin with gentle suction. This is what sets this microdermabrasion apart from the others on the market. These infusion serums can help target dehydrated skin, pigmentation, oily, or acne prone skin, and revive dull skin.
Microdermabrasions are ideal for improving the appearance of:
● Fine lines and wrinkles
● Dull skin
● Enlarged pores
● Mild sun damage
● Uneven texture
It a perfect treatment to get skin back in good health. It’s also a great maintenance treatment3.
1. El-Domyati, M (2016). Microdermabrasion: a clinical, histometric, and histopathologic study. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology. 2016; 15(4): Pages 503-513. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27357600
2. Abdel-Motaleb AA (2017). Dermal morphological changes following salicylic acid peeling and microdermabrasion. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology. 2017; 16(4): Pages e9-e14. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28229524
3. Fernandes M (2014). Effects of microdermabrasion on skin rejuvenation. Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy. 2014; 16(1): Pages 26-31. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24131070
How Does Microdermabrasion Work?
Unlike traditional microdermabrasion machines that use irritating and messy particles to exfoliate the skin, DermaSweep MD uses a patented bristle technology to give the skin a noticeable glow. The skin is left smoother as the vacuum action stimulates blood flow, cleans the pores, and removes skin debris. This also encourages collagen formation which will firm and tone the skin.
The treatment doesn’t stop there. An infusion serum will be selected based on each patient’s skin’s needs. The bristles are replaced by a soft polishing tip. The serums are delivered deep into the skin layers with suction. When the skin has been freshly exfoliated it allows for better absorption of any topical product that is applied, leaving the skin radiant.
The basis of microdermabrasion is exfoliation, and this is precisely why it pairs well with other skin treatments. As mentioned, once the outer layer of dead skin cells is removed, the skin is better able to receive other treatments and/or product4.
Microdermabrasion + VI Peel or MicroPeel
Doing a microderm prior to a peel allows for the chemicals to penetrate deeper into the skin rather than being wasted on the dead skin on top. This is precisely where chemicals provide the skin the most benefit.
Microdermabrasion + Affirm Laser
The same holds true with laser treatments. The laser energy is better able to penetrate the skin once the dead skin has been removed from the surface. Patients will see a greater benefit from their Affirm treatment when paired with microderm.
4. Freedman BM (2009). Topical antioxidant application enhances the effects of facial microdermabrasion. Journal of Dermatological Treatment. 2009; 20(2): Pages 82-87. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18720185
What are the Risks/Side Effects?
Microdermabrasion is a pretty benign skin treatment and carries little risk. The DermaSweep system utilizes bristles to abrade the skin. There is always a possibility that there could be a frayed bristle that could scratch the skin, but this would be very rare. Microdermabrasions are very safe.
*This treatment is safe during pregnancy.
Preparing for Microdermabrasion
The Week Before the Procedure
● 3-5 days before microdermabrasion treatment it is advised to stop using exfoliating products, acids and bleaching creams/products.
● Discontinue retinols and tretinoin (Retin-A) at least 12 hours in advance (day before).
● Do not wax or have a skin treatment like a chemical peel or IPL 2 weeks prior to treatment.
● Microdermabrasion cannot be done if patients have active acne, cold sores, or open lesions.
● Please discontinue Accutane 6 months prior to having any skin treatment or procedure due to skin sensitivity.
The Day of the Treatment
There is no real prep involved on the day of the treatment. It is always preferred that patients come in with a clean face (no make-up), however if they are coming from work, we will have patients cleanse the face once they arrive.
What to Expect During the Procedure
Skin will be cleansed and prepped for treatment. Based on the skin condition, our aesthetician will select the bristle type to use (they range from mild, moderate and aggressive). Once the bristle tip is attached, they will select the suction setting and then the treatment will begin.
During treatment suction may be adjusted based on how the skin reacts. Two passes will be made to all areas of the face. Once the skin has been thoroughly exfoliated, an infusion serum will be selected. Again, this treatment is customizable based on the skin’s unique needs. The soft polishing tip will be attached. Suction is applied. As the tip suctions the skin up, the serums pass through the tip infusing them into the skin. It will feel cool on the skin, but it will not feel super wet as most of the fluid is being absorbed by the skin.
Once the treatment is complete your aesthetician will apply some additional products as well as sunscreen before you leave.
If a patient is having microderm + VI Peel, the infusion pass will be skipped and instead the VI Peel will be applied.
If a patient is having the microderm + micropeel, we will exfoliate the skin, apply the micropeel, buff the skin, and then follow up with the infusion pass.
If a patient is having microderm + Affirm laser, we will exfoliate, then the Affirm treatment will be done and then it will be completed with the infusion pass.
Microdermabrasion is a very comfortable treatment. Patients will feel the suction draw up the skin and the bristled wand moving back and forth, but there is no discomfort at all. If at any point during treatment it becomes uncomfortable patients should let their skincare professional know so that they can adjust the suction.
Patients can have a microdermabrasion as frequently as every 2 weeks. Microderms are a great “maintenance” procedure to keep the skin smooth and fresh.
If patients are using an aggressive product regimen like the Obagi Nu Derm System it is recommended to have a microderm every 6-weeks or so to keep the skin from becoming dull. It’s good to get all of that dead skin off from time to time.
Microdermabrasion Recovery Time
Immediately following treatment, the skin may be a little pink. This will typically subside in a few hours but can last as long as 24 hours. This is normal.
It is recommended that patients keep the skin well hydrated and if a patient is going to be outside, to use sunscreen.
Patients are able to apply make-up right away although many don’t want to put anything on their skin because it looks so fresh and polished.
Use only gentle cleansers for 3 days post treatment. Do not use a Clarisonic or powered cleansing brush during that time.
Refrain from using any exfoliating or acid-based skin care products for at least 3 days.
After 3 days patients can resume their normal skincare regimen.
Consultations are very important when considering any skin treatment. At the consultation patients will meet with one medical aestheticians who will put together a treatment plan along with product recommendations for the patient to consider.
Microdermabrasion pricing is determined by the number of treatments performed. At WIFH, the cost for Microdermabrasion can range from $150 for a single treatment to $700 for a package of 6 treatments.
How does the DermaSweep Microdermabrasion system work?
What type of skin conditions does Microdermabrasion treat?
- Reducing early aging lines
- Uneven skin texture
- Surgical Scars
- Uneven skin texture
- Photo damage
- Improving overall skin health
Is getting a Microdermabrasion treatment painful?
Will I miss work or need to stay indoors after a Microdermabrasion?
How long will it take before I see results after a Microdermabrasion?
What is the advantage of the DermaSweep system over other exfoliation and Microdermabrasion treatments?
*Results vary from person to person and are not guaranteed