Microdermabrasion and Dermaplaning

Microdermabrasion and Dermaplaning have become two of Jennifer and Company’s top selling skin care services. Today, I want to tell you about both to help you decide which treatment would be best for you.

Microdermabrasion  is a machine that sucks and blows tiny crystals on the skin.  It pretty much acts like a buffer! The suction increases blood flow and stimulates collagen.  This leaves the skin looking plump and full of life.  As the crystals hit the skin it removes dead skin and debris from pores.  This helps to minimize the pores.  It also helps with dull dry skin, fine lines, and acne scarring.  It is recommended you do a series of 4 to 6 treatments a week apart from each other to receive the full benefits.  This treatment is not for everyone though.  If you have rosacea or cystic acne forget it.  It will just stimulate redness and cause further breakout in the skin.  Also if you are on any acne medications or retinols you would have to stop using a couple days prior and post treatment.  Also it is highly recommended you don’t tan.  In fact if you do tan I will not perform this treatment on you because once the dead skin is gone it leaves you highly exposed to great damage like burning and hyperpigmentation (sun spots.) The contraindications to this are: peeling, swelling, redness, and feeling of wind burn.

Dermaplaning is similar and different to micro.  Instead of a machine your esthetician will manually use a scalpel in a light scraping motion to physically remove dead skin and hair.  Yes it may sound scary but it really is not.  In fact this is my favorite treatment! This is like getting a chemical peel without any peeling removing 2-3 weeks of built of dead skin and left over makeup.  It leaves your skin looking renewed and soft and allows for you’re at home products to work deeper in the skin.  This is also great for people with access hair on the face.  If waxing breaks you out then this is a great alternative!  It keeps the fine hair away for up to 5 weeks just like waxing.  Yes coarser hair will grow back quicker because that is the nature of the hair.  Again this is not for everyone like people who have acne.  But good news is just about every other skin type can benefit from this.  This treatment is recommended once every 4-5 weeks.  Again you cannot be on any acne medication or retinols.  If you tan will not do this on you either.  The contraindications to this are: small nicks in skin, redness, allergic reaction to nickel, raised lesions, and inflamed acne.

Both micro and derm work to exfoliate the skin in different ways and may be combined with chemical peels to work deeper into the skin.  We start out by cleansing and wiping the skin with alcohol to tighten and remove any oil.  The treatment is done and then the rest of your daily skincare products are applied.  Both treatments take about a half an hour.  It is highly recommended that you purchase a zinc oxide based Sunscreen (like our Image Prevention SPF.)  Your skin is left highly exposed to the sun and environment so you need to keep it protected or you are just throwing $$ away getting these treatments.   

By Kristine Kerr-Managing Esthetician

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