Microdermabrasion

  • “Micro” implies tiny;  “Derm” implies skin;  “Abrasion” implies scrape; Superficial abrasion of the skin
  • This technique is often referred to as a “lunchtime peel”
  • The usual goal of this procedure is to rejuvenate the skin.  It is one of the most relied on cosmetic techniques around the world.
  • The crystal dermabrader slides across the surface of the skin, simultaneously using vacuum and compressive forces to: a) stimulate skin cell proliferation; b) acceleration of exfoliation of dying cells in the surface (stratum corneum)
  • The vacuum tube pulls the skin into its opening at the handpiece, bringing the circulation to the surface, while holding the surface against the high pressure flow of microcrystals.  The crystals are very hard and sharp, chemically inert, aluminum oxide.  They fracture the surface layer of keratinized dying skin cells as the vacuum side draws the debris away into a chamber within the device.
  • Crystals are made of Aluminum Oxide, otherwise known as corundum.  The crystalline structure is identical to that of sapphire, another crystal for a reputation of hardness.  Hardness is second only to diamond.  It is chemically inactive, that is, it doesn’t undergo chemical reactions under conditions of use.
  • As the old cells are vacuumed away, the underlying epidermal replacement cells step up to the surface, improving the appearance of skin.  “Out with the old, and in with the new.”
  • Newer data supports that exfoliation is not the main event.  Rather it may be the stretch and suction at the handpiece that initiates a molecular cascade of events that ends with a new generation of skin cells and collagen production.  It is not unlike the mechanisms that underlie a laser peel, albeit more modest.  After a series of 6 sessions, microscopic studies reveal increased dermal and epidermal skin thickness due to new collagen and new skin cells.    “Grow and glow”
  • The diamond tip alternative to crystal microdermabrasion makes the procedure easier, less costly for operators, but sacrifices the effect of vacuum stretch on the skin.  The deeper tissue changes seen after crystal dermabraders was thought to be due to the vacuum stretch of the skin, augmenting the effect of exfoliation alone
  • Phonophoresis, or iontophoresis, is a method of electronically assisted delivery of molecules across the skin, relying on the electrical changes that occur with the ultrasonic dermabrader technologies.  The alternating electrical polarities in the skin result in increased absorption of molecules such as Vitamin C.  Always the biggest pitfall in delivery of nutriceuticals is enabling their crossing over the protective skin surface.  After ablation of the surface crust, and with electronic facilitation, the pro-health molecules are more efficiently delivered inside target cells
  • “Dermal Infusion” is enhanced in that window of efficient delivery after microdermabrasion ablation of the stratum corneum skin crust.   Examples of Skin Products that are available at Nirvana come from “SilkPeel Dermalinfusion System
    • Lumixyl – peptide formula to reduce hyperpigmentation
    • Clarifying Formula for acne – Salicylic Acid and Aloe
    • Hydration Solution – hyaluronic acid restores hydration, aloe and chamomile soothe
    • Vitamin C – stable and potent antioxidant formula potentiated by VitE restores cell function after sun damage, Aloe & Allantoin soothe
    • Infusion is facilitated by a) disrupted stratum corneum; and b) Ultrasonic iontophoresis
  • The procedure is enjoyable, without pain, like the sensation of a cat’s tongue or an emery board over the skin.  The procedure is perceived by most as relaxing, like a deep facial massage
  • Suitable for type 1 – 5 skin
  • It may be repeated at short intervals, (one week) as a serial program to revitalize the skin.
  • Complications are exceedingly rare, and temporary.
  • Patient satisfaction is high. Compliments are common afterward.
 

Side effects include:

  • a few hours of mild flushing immediately after the treatment
  • up to a week of mild skin flaking;
 

Reasonable expectations include:

  • “After glow” lasting weeks
  • Smoother texture
  • Reduced appearance of fine lines and acne scars
  • Reduction of dark marks left by acne
  • More uniform skin color
  • Diminished acne inflammation, temporary
Strengths of the Nirvana Microdermabrasion
  • All patients have the option of consultation with an MD specialized in Cosmetic and Laser Medicine. Retinoid or other prescription products may be provided to the patient, as indicated.
  • The technician spends sufficient time with the patient, hands on, for a powerful skin workout.
  • A glycolic chemical peel is performed first to enhance the exfoliative benefit of the crystal abrasion.
  • Nirvana has both diamond tip and crystal dermabraders, but the public prefers crystals.
  • The ultrasonic dermabrader further improves exfoliation, blood flow, deeper stimulation, as well as enhanced absorption of Vitamin C and other topical healthful infusions
  • SilkPeel top quality dermal infustion products are available with your microdermabrasion procedure.
  • Sanitation is a priority at Nirvana.
  • The procedure is performed in esthetic surroundings for the hour, making it a very relaxing, truly beneficial, “no downtime” rejuvenation treatment