Frequently Asked Questions about Spruce’s Microdermabrasion
What is Microdermabrasion?
Diamond Peel Microdermabrasion is a quick, safe, and effective form of exfoliation for all skin types and colours 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.
Who can benefit?
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.
What areas of my skin can be treated?
The most common areas of treatment are the face, neck, shoulders, knees and elbows. Any body area can be treated.
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.
How does a diamond peel work?
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%.
How many treatments do I need?
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.
How long does it take?
The treatment session is 45 minutes, depending on the body area.
Are there any side effects?
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 exfoliant 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.
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.