With so many skincare options available, it is important to select the right products for your specific needs. To help you decide on the most effective regimen for your skin, learn more about microdermabrasion, the PMD device, and the treatment results below. Dr. Mark Taylor, President, Gateway Aesthetic Institute is a minority investor in PMD Personal Microderm.
Treatment & Benefits
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Q: What Is Microdermabrasion?A: Microdermabrasion is an effective, non-surgical way to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and brown spots by exfoliating the top layers of the skin. No chemicals or laser beams are used, only aluminum oxide micro crystals that gently sand the skin, leaving it smooth and fresh. Microdermabrasion also stimulates the skin by using a vacuum, helping your skin repair itself faster than normal. It removes the top layer of dead skin which stands as a barrier to the penetration of cell renewal lotions and serums. Once the barrier is removed and the vacuum can activate the surface of the skin, the treatment lotions and serums are significantly more effective in aiding cell rejuvenation and healing.
Q: What Does Microdermabrasion Involve?A: For a proper microdermabrasion treatment, you must cleanse the skin and wait for it to completely dry. The aluminum oxide micro crystal on the spinning disc is pressed against the skin with the cap flush to the skin. Suction vacuums the dead skin cells away into the filter. You slowly move the tool across your entire face, not just on treated areas, so that you don't experience inconsistence in skin texture or color. After your microdermabrasion treatment, you apply your toner and a soothing cell renewal lotion or serum. Make sure you use sun block daily during the treatment intervals. This will allow you to go back to your daily routine immediately after treatment.
Q: How Long Will Each Disc Last?A: Depending on what kind of pressure you apply and for what period of time will determine how long the disc will last. For a typical treatment of approximately ten minutes, each disc should last three to four treatments.
Q: What Topical Treatments Should I Use In Conjunction With Microdermabrasion?A: Always use a good cleanser, toner, and cell renewal serum or cream as part of the treatment. If your cleanser is pH balanced you will not need a toner. We have carefully formulated skin care products to use with your PMD tool. Use your cell renewal lotion immediately after the treatment and every day, both morning and night in between each treatment.
Q: What Is Your Return Policy?A: Due to the personal nature of this tool we do not accept returns except for malfunctions and/or mechanical failure. The tool has a full warranty for six months. The store or website you purchase your unit from may have their own return policy.
Q: Is Aluminum Oxide Safe?A: Aluminum oxide crystals are perfectly safe and non-toxic if ingested. They don't cause adverse skin reactions and are not carcinogenic. The crystals placed on each disc should not come off in a form that will cause any irritation and or risk.
Q: How Much Time Does Microdermabrasion Require?A: Home microdermabrasion takes approximately ten minutes for your face, including the pre-treatment cleansing and post-treatment cream application. A typical office visit microdermabrasion facial treatment takes between 20 and 30 minutes. However, if you want your neck or other parts of the body treated, it takes much longer.
Q: Is Microdermabrasion Suitable For Me?A: If the goal is to reduce the appearance of superficial blemishes, blotchy skin, brown spots, fine wrinkles or uneven skin tone and texture, you are a perfect candidate for microdermabrasion. All skin types and colors can be treated with microdermabrasion. But before you try it, pay careful attention to your medical history or any skin issues that you have because there are conditions which may make microdermabrasion unsuitable for you, including any conditions that create ultra sensitive skin. If you are being treated by a Doctor or have serious skin issues consult your Doctor before trying.
Q: What Can Microdermabrasion Do For Me?A: Microdermabrasion can reduce the appearance of fine expression lines, wrinkles, facial blemishes, evens skin tone, and revitalizes dull skin. Microdermabrasion helps skin regeneration by stimulating the skin. The skin looks fresh and feels smooth as soon as treatment is over. With microdermabrasion, there is no recovery time and little to no discomfort.
Q: How Much Does Microdermabrasion Cost?A: After the initial purchase of the PMD Personal Microderm your monthly treatment costs including discs and lotions should total less than ten dollars. An office visit microdermabrasion treatment costs, on average, $75 to $200, depending on where it is performed and the area treated. For best results, more than one microdermabrasion session is needed.
Q: Will I Experience Any Discomfort During Treatment? Does It Hurt?A: If you experience pain during the treatment stop use and move to a less intense disc. Do not use any peel products like Alpha and Beta Hydroxy acid or retin A or retinol products 48 hours before or after using the PMD. Your skin will be too sensitive. Do not use if you are on Accutane. Don’t use if you are seeing a Doctor for skin issues, or have very sensitive skin, or are taking prescriptions for your skin without your Doctors consent. The PMD is a safe and effective tool if used correctly. If you have discomfort or any questions please contact us at 888.445.4532.
Q: How Do I Prepare For Microdermabrasion?A: One of the advantages of microdermabrasion is minimum pre-treatment needed. Make sure your skin is clean of all makeup, oils and dirt. It must be dry as well.
Q: When Do Microdermabrasion Results Become Visible?A: That depends on your skin. Many patients reported changes after the first treatment. Your skin will look cleaner and healthier after a few microdermabrasion treatments, but more significant changes (like reducing the appearance of wrinkles and blemishes) should become visible after five or more treatments.
Q: Are There Maintenance Treatments After Microdermabrasion?A: After a complete series of microdermabrasion treatments, you may want to keep your skin looking smooth and youthful by maintaining treatments once a month.
Q: When Is Microdermabrasion Not Favorable?A: Always consult your doctor. However, we have found that microdermabrasion is not recommended who have keratosis, people with undiagnosed lesions, active rosacea or acne, weeping acne (stages 3 to 4), diabetes, auto-immune disorders, fragile capillaries, eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis or lupus. Recent laser surgery or Accutane acne treatments may also be sound reasons for your doctor not to recommend microdermabrasion. Discuss your medical history with your doctor if unsure.
Q: Are There Any Risks Involved?A: If you follow the directions and use this tool according to protocols listed you should have little to no risk. Just like any other tool that you may use at home, the risk will come if you misuse the tool.
Q: What If I Find That My Skin Becomes Dry And Flaky The Second Day After The Treatment?A: This might happen on some skin types. Keep applying the cell renewal creams for three to four days and the flaky, dry skin should go away revealing new, soft and vibrant skin. If the flaky, dry skin does not heal after two or three weeks please stop using the tool.
Q: Can Makeup Be Applied After Treatments?By: Eppley Plastic Surgery/Ology Medical Spas | Barry L. Eppley, MD, DMD Carmel, IN Microdermabrasion treatments do not penetrate the top epithelial layer of the skin and remove only dead skin cells. It does not expose the underlying or the 'live' part of the skin. As a result, microdermabrasion does not create an open wound and no real healing is needed. Therefore, you can apply cosmetics shortly after a treatment. Your make up will glide on after each treatment.