Microdermabrasion is one of the most modern skin-care techniques which is used at our clinics in Leeds, Liverpool, Bury and Altrincham . It is increasing seen as an effective alternative to facial peels. The handpiece emits crystals onto the surface of the skin to buff away the surface layer, leaving your skin smooth and refreshed giving the skin an overall fresh, healthy-looking glow. It is effective on all skin colors and types with virtually no side-effects.
Your skin is made up of two main layers, the epidermis and the dermis. The epidermis is the layer closest to the outside world. It’s a set of dead skin cells on top of another layer of cells that are in the process of maturing.
The topmost layer is called the stratum corneum. The stratum corneum mostly acts as a barrier between the outside world and the lower skin layers. It keeps all but the smallest molecules from getting through.
All of the action in microdermabrasion takes place at the level of the stratum corneum. Since it only really targets the epidermis (and not the dermis), it is more accurate than any cream based products, affecting deeper layers of skin would be painful and harmful, and it would risk permanently embedding the tiny grains into the skin. so this is seen as a gentle way of exfoliating the skin.
There are many factors that can influence cellular regeneration and epidermal growth. For instance, the skin’s natural response to excessive sunlight is to become thicker. This can result in slower shedding and a dry, rough skin tone.
Acne sufferers, for example, may retain their skin cells, causing further congestion and thickening of the stratum corneum (top skin layer). Other factors, such as age, genetics, hormone balance and inadequate diet, all influence epidermal cellular turnover and the production of new, healthy cells.
As seen below microdermabrasion removes dead skin cells and initiates cellular turnover at the dermis and epidermis levels this improves skin elasticity, texture, colour, and overall appearance.
Microdermabrasion and New Cellular Growth Illustration: