ANTIAGING TREATMENTS: FACIAL
Dermabrasion affects deeper layers of skin than chemical
peels, and may be useful for removing disfiguring marks,
such as deep acne scars or deep wrinkles. It is often
used instead of chemical peels for people with darker
skin colours, and as with chemical peels, it cannot
be used around the eyes.
Standard dermabrasion uses a rotating brush to selectively
remove the top layers of skin, exposing the underlying
dermal layers. The effect of this is similar to chemical
peels, with scabbing and new skin formation.
Microdermabrasion is a very popular procedure, which
has largely replaced the standard version. Being a gentler
variation, it uses very tiny crystals to polish the
skin and a vacuum technique to remove them.
Results are similar to light chemical peels and can
be done in lunch breaks, allowing patients to return
directly to work. Only mild redness occurs after treatment,
although for best results five or six repetitive treatments
are needed every 1-2 weeks.