Diamond Peel Microdermabrasion FAQs

Q: What is Microdermabrasion?

A: Diamond Peel Microdermabrasion is a quick, safe, and effective form of exfoliation for all skin types and colors with no downtime and virtually no discomfort. It has been available in Europe since the late 1980’s. It is achieved by the use of diamond-tip technology to remove dead or damaged skin cells. Skin will appear softer, smoother, brighter, clearer, and younger looking.

Q: Who can benefit?

A: Men and women of any skin type or colour. Anyone with aging, flaky, dry, devitalized, thickened, blemished, and sun damaged skin will be rejuvenated and refreshed. Blotchy and uneven skin tones will also be improved.

Q: What areas of my skin can be treated?

A: The most common areas of treatment are the face, neck, shoulders, knees and elbows. Any body area can be treated.

Q: Why microdermabrasion?

A: Approximately every 28 days we create a new layer of skin. As new cells form they push their way to the surface and then dead cells settle on the surface. This can cause enlarged pores, clogged pores, a bumpy uneven texture, and a dull appearance. As we age this process slows down leading to the appearance of older skin with less radiance.

Q: How does a diamond peel work?

A: This gentle exfoliation is performed with a diamond tip passing over the skin’s surface by creating a gentle vacuum. Microdermabrasion exfoliates approximately 20-25 microns of dead skin cells of the outermost layer (stratum corneum). Once removed it reveals one’s own fresher, younger looking skin beneath. One microdermabrasion is equal to three 30% glycolic peels or one 70%.

Q: How many treatments do I need?

A: The recommended amount is 6. Treatments are performed every 7-14 days. Treatments are meant to be progressive not aggressive. Results are most noticeable after the 3rd treatment, although, it is common to see results after the first session. Maintenance treatments are suggested once every 4-6 weeks. If you are having Intense Pulse Light treatments, such as a photo facial, the usual interval is one microdermabrasion treatment 7-10 days prior to an IPL, then one 7-10 days after the IPL. They are often done as a series in combination with the IPL treatments.

Q: How long does it take?

A: The treatment session is 45 minutes, depending on the body area.

Q: Are there any side effects?

A: There is little to no downtime. One may experience a slight tingling, and the skin may feel tighter afterwards. Skin may appear slightly flushed and this generally fades in 12-24 hours. You may experience peeling or flaking, this is a sign of the cell renewal process being stimulated. If flaking occurs, simply use an exfoliate recommended by your skin care therapist 3-4 days after the treatment.
It is very important after to NOT EXERCISE. Where perspiration is created, you will develop a stinging sensation that can take several hours to dissipate.

Q: Cautions?

A: If you suffer with cold sores, you should be symptom-free prior to a treatment to avoid the risk of spreading. Discuss with the technician if you have any of the following: Severe rosacea, dermatitis, skin cancers, bruise easily, inflamed acne, Hepatitis C, AIDS, or using blood thinners or Accutane.
If you use Retin A products or any skin care products that irritate the skin, you should discontinue use 2-3 days before and after treatment.
There is no concern if you are pregnant or nursing. If you use sun beds, do not tan for 2 weeks after a session.
If you are planning to have injectables such as Botox, Collagen or Restalyne it is recommended to have them 2-5 days after a microdermabrasion.

Q: How does microdermabrasion work?

A: Diamond-tip microdermabrasion uses the vacuum technology and hand-held wand. There aren’t any crystals moving through the tip. The diamond tip itself exfoliates the skin and the vacuum whisks the dead skin away. There are many different tips with various grades of roughness, and the esthetician chooses the correct one for your skin type and condition. Diamond-tip microdermabrasion is much less uncomfortable, but achieves the same results. It is also usually better for sensitive skin.

If you are planning to have injectables such as Botox, Collagen or Restalyne it is recommended to have them 2-5 days after a microdermabrasion.

Q: Is Microdermabrasion painful?

A: Microdermabrasion is performed with very little discomfort. At the most, sensitive skin might experience a slight sensation resembling light sunburn. After treatment, the skin has a pink glow, and you can resume your normal activities almost immediately. The procedure can be done during lunch hour.

Q: What are the benefits of a Microdermabrasion Facial?

A:

  • Immediate results
  • Causes minimal discomfort
  • No anesthesia or recovery time required
  • Safe for all skin types and tones, even for sensitive and dark skin types
  • Can be performed quickly (30 minutes)
  • Return immediately to daily activities
  • More affordable than laser, botox, collagen, surgery or other methods
  • Can achieve dramatic results to soften fine lines and wrinkles, help to smooth coarsely textured skin, decrease the appearance of scarring, decrease pore size, and reduce superficial hyper-pigmentation, also known as age spots
Q: How does microdermabrasion help aging skin?

A: Microdermabrasion stimulates skin cell turnover
by removing the dead cells from the skin’s surface, and also by causing “micro-damage” – or mini-trauma to the skin’s surface that is not enough to be visible but sufficiently severe to trigger the arrival
of collagen and “repair cells” to the skin’s surface. Because these “repair cells” are newer and younger, they improve the skin’s appearance. Also, the removal of surface layers improves the effectiveness of topical anti-aging products by enhancing their ability to penetrate the skin.

Q: How does microdermabrasion help acne and beneath-the-surface bumps?


A: Acne, blackheads and whiteheads result from sebaceous materials – or oil – clogging the pores, sometimes rupturing under the surface. By peeling away surface layers of the skin, microdermabrasion can remove the material trapped in many of the pores, further, the removal of surface layers improves the effectiveness of topical acne medications by enhancing their ability to penetrate the skin.

Q: How many treatments will I need?

A: Age and skin condition determine the number of treatments required to achieve optimum result. A typical regimen consists of a series of four to eight treatments done at intervals of two to four weeks. Our skilled estheticians will recommend a program for you.

Q: Contraindications

A: Do not get microdermabrasion if you have extremely sensitive skin, diabetes, vascular conditions like rosacea, skin inflammation, bacterial infections, lack of tactile sensation, keloid scarring, cuts and abrasions, or have gotten Botox within 72 hours. Other contraindications to microdermabrasion include sunburn, viral infections like herpes simplex, and acne. If you are taking anti-coagulant drugs.

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