How Microdermabrasion Works


The ExcellaDerm Microdermabrasion System is based on the method of polishing and removing the upper-most layer of skin (called the stratum corneum). The result is a topical exfoliation as well as an indirect stimulation to the basal layer of the skin. When we stimulate the basal layer of the skin, we increase cell proliferation (turnover) and blood flow, stimulate nervous tissue and trigger the stimulation of oil and water production. It can also have a direct influence on increased fibroblast, collagen and elastin production. The results: a healthier, more vibrant, firmer, hydrated and improved texture and appearance to the skin.

Small crystals of Aluminum Oxide (the only PDA approved substrate) are delivered to the skin. The abrasive characteristics of this particulate remove various amounts of dead tissue with the degree of ablation (dead tissue removed) depending on three variables:

  1. The level of power used during the session.
  2. The amount of time on the tissue. Moving the crystals slowly across the skin results in more ablation; faster across the skin, less ablation.
  3. The number of passes on the skin. The more times you pass over a particular area, the more ablation you get.

Once the crystals are rotated on the skin, they are vacuumed away by a specially designed hand piece and deposited into the waste canister for later disposal. The vacuum device on our system also has additional benefits. As it glides over the surface of the skin, the vacuum acts as a stimulant to increase blood flow to nourish the skin, as well as to accelerate collagen and elastin production. The result is a firmer, more toned appearance.

Under normal circumstances, the uppermost skin layer exfoliates naturally in around 10-12 days. New cells in the basal cell layer take 28-30 days to rise to the surface and ultimately slough away. By removing dry dead skin cells with microdermabrasion, new living cells that are deeper in the tissue are revealed, showing healthy skin. Microdermabrasion accelerates the migration of the new cells to the surface.

Microdermabrasion is best when performed as a series of procedures at one week intervals but effects are seen even with a reduced frequency of treatments. More severe problem skin may require additional procedures to obtain the desired results. After a series of procedures, we recommend that a maintenance or "refresher" procedure is received.

Skin sensitivity to our dermabrasion systems is minimal and post procedure discomfort is unlikely. We recommend the use of appropriate skin care products to assist the repair process and to ensure optimum results. This includes the use of a good (45 or higher SPF) sunblock.


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  • The most even exfoliation and removal of dry, dead skin cells resulting in a fresher, more healthy look.
  • Diminishing appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Because we are exfoliating the debris on the surface as well as in the pores (follicles) the pore size is normalized and more refined.
  • The removal of keratinized (thickened) areas of skin caused by dehydration, environmental factors, excessive use of topicals, etc.
  • The removal of existing comedones and milia due to highly effective exfoliation and follicular removal.
  • Prevention of breakouts due to the "cleansing" of the follicles keeping the pores clear of buildup that leads to acne.
  • Dark spots (hyperpigmentation) appear to be lightened significantly.
  • The blending of lines of demarcation (uneven pigmentation) from laser resurfacing, burns and other trauma.
  • The reduction of scar tissue resulting in a flatter, smoother texture.
  • The improvement of post inflammatory pigmentation scarring from acne.

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Although we believe our systems to be safe and effective, the contraindications of microdermabrasion include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Skin Cancer
  • Any Diagnosed/Undiagnosed Skin Lesion(s)
  • Recent Herpes Outbreaks
  • Warts
  • Active, Inflamed Acne Lesions
  • Active Rosacea
  • Unstable Diabetes
  • Open Wounds

NOTE: No active topicals such as Retinols, Glycolic Acids, etc. should be used for 48 hours prior to and after procedure.