MICRODERMABRASION

Microderm-abrasion is the least invasive of all treatments for ageing, acne scars and pigmentation

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Microdermabrasion is a popular method of superficial skin resurfacing.    Finely ground Corundum powder (Aluminium chloride crystals) is used to abrade the skin surface. 

 

In a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology  (Feb 2005, p215) it has been shown that microdermabrasion activates a skin remodelling / wound healing cascade resulting in increased deposition of collagen in the skin. 

 

This finding has an important bearing on the treatment of scars and wrinkles.  By removing the upper layer of the epidermis, excess melanin is removed from skin cells, and medications used to lighten areas of darkening penetrate with greater ease. 

 

Uses:
 
  • Acne scarring

  • Pigmentation of the skin (chloasma)

  • Fine lines 

  • Stretch marks

 

How is the procedure performed?

 

  • The skin is first cleansed.

  • Corundum is applied to the skin using a specialised device which allows the powder to be applied under pressure, resulting in the surface of the skin being abraded (peeled).

  • The corundum powder is then brushed or washed away.

  • A moisturiser and sunblock are then applied.

 

How long does the procedure take?

 

About 15 minutes

 

What medication is used for Chloasma after microdermabrasion?

 

Thiospot is used  following microdermabrasion for pigmentary disorders of the skin in the following way: 

 
For pigmentation:

 

  • Thiospot morning and evening

 

  • Vitasure gentle cleanser twice a day

 

  • Vitasure day cream with SPF 30 every morning

 

How many treatments?

 

At least 8 treatments are required to see a difference.

 

What happens if Thispot does not lighten the skin sufficiently?

 

Hydroquinone in varying strengths can then be used.  Because of the possibility of side effects with prolonged use, these products are used under supervision of your dermatologist and for limited periods only.

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