All Things Micro

Micro...In the evolving world of esthetics, things are always changing. There are so many new treatment options available for woman; many of them with similar sounding names. Clients often ask me to explain the various differences to them.

So here’s a short primer on esthetic treatments which begin with the prefix…micro.

Microblading – This is a form of permanent makeup tattooing that is used to create fuller eyebrows or to give more definition to brows that have become sparse or virtually invisible due to loss of pigment.   A tiny instrument is used to etch a dark colorant into the skin.  When done properly, the technician should be using feather-like strokes to create fine rows of lines that look like hairs.  Results varying according to the experience and expertise of the technician as well as their selection of a matching dye to  blend with the client’s natural eyebrows.  Choose wisely when selecting a professional to perform this service.  Uneven positioning of the eyebrow tattooing or use of a dye that is too dark will create unsatisfactory results.

Microcurrent – Also known as facial toning, microcurrent is an esthetic treatment that physically tones and tightens the skin through muscle education.  As we age, our body’s biological current and chemical energy slows down, cellular renewal takes longer and skin cells don’t perform as efficiently as they once did.  This can lead to loss of tone, elasticity, fine lines and wrinkles.  Microcurrent works to stimulate the facial muscles at traditional acupuncture points with tiny amounts of electricity to re-energize their biological currents and re-establish muscle memory.  This process also helps to restore the production of collagen and elastin. The effects are immediate and cumulative which makes microcurrent the ultimate anti-aging tool.  Contraindications to receiving treatment are epilepsy/history of seizures, implanted pacemaker, and facial skin cancers.  (For more information, I direct you to my earlier blog article:  Holistic Facial Rejuvenation)

Microdermabrasion – This is a form of exfoliation that mechanically sheds the surface of the skin.  Some forms of microdermabrasion use crystals (aluminum oxide or sodium bicarbonate) which are sprayed across the skin while being simultaneously sucked up by a vacuuming device.  Due to this dual action of stimulating the skin, clients often experience red or irritated faces immediately after treatment.  Other methods of microdermabrasion utilize a diamond head for particle-free sessions.  There has been some controversy over the crystals due to the possibility of inhalation or ingestion when they become airborne.  Vacuum strength, speed of application and the number of passes are important factors which should be considered when selecting a practitioner to perform this service.  Additionally, the technician should determine if your skin type can comfortably endure the process and if it is an appropriate procedure for your skin condition.  It should never be used on acne, rosacea, cancerous growths or broken capillaries.

Microneedling – Also known as collagen induction therapy, has recently become a popular treatment for skin rejuvenation.  While it can be an effective process for improving fine lines, wrinkles and reducing the appearance of scars…it is often being used inappropriately and incorrectly.  No one — other than a physician in a medical setting — should be using a device with needles that are longer than 0.3 mm.  The needles are typically mounted onto the head of a roller and move along the surface of the skin.  (For smaller areas, a stamp-like instrument is used to perform a similar function.)  The act of microneedling creates micro-preforations in the skin.  These resulting channels work to enable serums to penetrate deeper into the skin.  It is of utmost important that high-quality pure ingredients are used so that no bacteria is introduced into the skin.  This is a service where more harm can result than good.

Lori Weintraub is a licensed skin care therapist, holistic health coach and a hair removal expert. She offers consultations, skin care lessons, exceptional products and hand-holding guidance to help women over 40 regain their youthful glow.  Learn more here. 

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