Is your skin dull? Do you wish your skin care does what it claims to do? You may be just a few skin layers away from the dreamy complexion you always had but didn’t know you can attain. Remove a couple layers, and you’ll find that your skin is just as glowing, cooperative and youthful as you know it is. At SpaForever, we offer microdermabrasion Chicago to help you remove stubborn dead skin cells!
Microdermabrasion is a procedure that involves the use of a tool, such as a diamond tip, to exfoliate the skin without scratching or damaging it. The purpose of the procedure is to aid dead skin cell removal, a normal function in a healthy skin cycle. It is not intended to replace the skin’s natural function but to help skin appear clearer, brighter and smoother in shorter time. Performed on a regular basis (monthly or so), you can see subtle yet significant improvement in your skin’s tone and texture.*
With this cosmetic procedure, you can expect a few minor improvements in the appearance of your skin. You may enjoy less visible fine lines, more even/balanced skin and less noticeable acne scars. In addition, pores may appear smaller and skin may feel softer to the touch. The reason for these varied benefits is that the top layer of skin creates an occlusive layer that serves a protective function but cosmetically burdens the skin with excess cells. When you remove the dead skin cells, the skin can breathe and regulate better, as well as incorporate topical skin care more efficiently.
Microdermabrasion may irritate very dry or sensitive skin, because it’s effectively sloughing off the top layer. However, this procedure is very mild relative to more irritating work such as chemical peels. Microdermabrasion Chicago is a fairly natural, easy alternative to slightly more ‘invasive’ procedures. It’s great prep for our facials or any procedure that intends to moisturize or hydrate the skin.
With this procedure, side effects are mild and typically go away by the next day. Your skin may feel tender to the touch and look red or flushed; in worst cases, it may appear to flake or look sunburnt. However, microdermabrasion is a lightweight procedure (often described as ‘lunchtime’ especially due to its brief delivery) and avoids more invasive techniques or practices (no anesthesia or cutting into skin!). Even if you have acne-prone skin, this procedure works great. However, a skin condition such as psoriasis may worsen with this procedure.
You know your skin best, so call us to discuss possible side effects given your skin’s individual characteristics.
We want to be transparent and find the service that works for YOUR needs. In this way, we clarify what microdermabrasion can and cannot do. Microdermabrasion can exfoliate the skin and shed the dead skin on top, making fine lines less apparent (just like dermaplaning). Microdermabrasion cannot remove wrinkles (especially deeper ones) or fill them in like hyaluronic acid fillers do (try Botox or Xeomin to smooth out contraction-induced ones). It can make scarring less noticeable or rough. It cannot fill scars in such as deep ones due to severe acne (try Bellafill for acne scars). It also cannot smooth over stretch marks, something more suited to a cellulite removal treatment. All microdermabrasion does is simply improve the appearance of skin tone and texture by revitalizing the outer appearance. Being a superficial procedure, it works at the top layers, not inside the skin.
Microdermabrasion is versatile, working on skin ranging from very dry to very oily. If your skin is sensitive, we can apply less pressure. If you rarely exfoliate your skin and it is exceptionally rough, we can apply more pressure. We can focus on areas of your skin that require greater intervention (for example, the forehead) and be gentle in areas that are fragile or thinly protected (like the under-eye area). Every time we perform the procedure, we carefully examine your skin to identify the areas that can benefit from more intensity and the areas that require light to no intensity.
Microdermabrasion is commonly performed on the face. We can also treat the upper neck, shoulders and chest. We care about the health and beauty of your decollete, the oft-neglected, upper torso area. This area can also benefit from a Photofacial, which is especially suited to treating hyperpigmentation due to sun damage. If your hands, arms or back are exceptionally rough, we can see to treating those areas with microdermabrasion Chicago. Let us know where we can improve your skin’s texture and we’ll let you know the risks/benefits of treating there!
Because microdermabrasion stimulates blood flow to your skin, it may also aid with building up the proteins of your skin like collagen and elastin. The vacuum function helps to oxygenate the tissues and get the skin to be more active. In a way, it’s like a massage for your face. The underlying muscles help with this, as they can really help blood circulate. Microdermabrasion Chicago also interrupts the specific patterns skin stays in (leading to wrinkles). Because the diamond tip adds pressure to the skin, the skin will loosen its traditional form and possibly experience an uptick in cellular activity to match the external stimuli.
You should come to a skin care specialist for procedures that can potentially cause damage if performed incorrectly. In the case of microdermabrasion, you risk over-exfoliating skin using an at-home tool, through how often, long or intensely you do it. Complications of at-home microdermabrasion range from small skin tears to infection, inflammation and scarring. The risks of an at-home session outweigh the benefits that dermatologists confer upon the professional microdermabrasion procedure.
*Individual results will vary. We cannot guarantee results.