An article detailing the differences between Microdermabrasion and Hydrodermabrasion and their treatment uses and benefits.
What is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a skincare treatment that improves the look and feel of the skin without the need for harsh chemicals. Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive, aesthetic skin care treatment which exfoliates the skin, removing dead skin cells resulting in improved skin tone and appearance – this is enabled by improved blood flow which encourages natural skin rejuvenation with the production of collagen.
Benefits of Microdermabrasion
Rejuvenating treatment aiding the following skin conditions:
- sun damaged skin
- reduce acne scars
- reduce dark spots
- improve uneven skin tone
- skin pigmentation
- reduce fine lines and wrinkles
- ageing, tired looking skin
Microdermabrasion Treatment Options
There is a range of microdermabrasion systems on the market, some utilise a stream of tiny crystals (crystal microdermabrasion), and others use a diamond-tipped wand (diamond microdermabrasion).
What is Crystal Microdermabrasion?
Crystal microdermabrasion is a skin exfoliation treatment performed by a professionally trained aesthetician who will glide the microdermabrasion wand across the client’s face. The wand emits a fine stream (or spray) of tiny (micro) crystals to remove the outer dead layer of skin.
What is Diamond Microdermabrasion?
Diamond microdermabrasion utilises a diamond-tipped wand. Wands and tips are available in various sizes and textures (rather like extremely fine sandpaper) – a professional aesthetician will know exactly which wand and tip to use for specific skin types and treatments.
Possible Reactions to Microdermabrasion
Though a non-invasive procedure, some patients could experience minor skin irritation, dryness and slight redness following treatment, this will disappear within a short period of time.
Both crystal and diamond microdermabrasion provide the same final outcome, however, many skin care specialists prefer to use a diamond-tipped wand, especially around the eye area where they can more accurately perform the procedure, and also to ensure no foreign bodies enter the eyes, nose, etc., (which can occur with crystal microdermabrasion).
What is Hydrodermabrasion
Hydrodermabrasion has taken over in popularity from microdermabrasion, this is due in part to the fact that the treatment utilises the natural healing powers of water and oxygen to effortlessly, and painlessly exfoliate the skin without the use of hard microcrystals or abrasive textured wands. Hydrodermabrasion treatments provide deeply hydrated, firmer, smoother, and healthier looking skin.
Benefits of Hydrodermabrasion
Hydrodermabrasion Jet Peel treatments are highly effective for:
- improved skin texture and tone
- reduced fine lines and wrinkles
- deeper hydration of the skin
- improved blood flow leading to collagen production
- reduced/improved acne scarring
- improved uneven pigmentation
- skin congestion, blackhead, etc.,
Jet Peel ® has created a crystal-free dermabrasion applicator – a handheld nozzle that works by utilising a supersonic jet of specially blended saline solution combined with oxygen. This combination of micro water droplets is dispersed at high velocity from the nozzle, on striking the skin it causes the dead layers to peel off effortlessly, providing a deep exfoliation that leaves the skin looking and feeling rejuvenated. The Jet M system can also be used to administer enriching nutrients, vitamins and minerals that penetrate deep into the skin to further improve the final results.
Skincare specialist, Regina Ilankovan enthuses about the Hydrodermabrasion Jet Peel system which is offered at The Wentworth Clinic, saying, ‘Hydrodermabrasion is an amazing step forward in skincare technology with highly effective results seen after just one treatment’.
It goes without saying that our skin is the first thing that people notice about us, so regular skin care maintenance is a must. However, always remember to visit only a qualified, professionally trained aesthetician, and meet face to face with them for a personal consultation prior to any skincare treatment.
What does Hydrodermabrasion cost?
In the UK, Hydrodermabrasion treatments from a professional skin care specialist, generally start at £250.00