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Microdermabrasion with LED light therapy.

First of all, what on earth is that?

Vilalfortuny has crafted a fabulous machine that offers microdermabrasion and LED Light Therapy either individually or together to create one phenomenal face treatment. This provides super exfoliation, re-hydrates the skin and gives light to heal imperfections and promote collagen growth.

The crystal grains used are less harsh than traditional microdermabrasion crystals and are highly therapeutic. The procedure is known to improve leathery, sun-damaged skin and iblotchy pigmentation and minimise broken capillaries and age spots.

It's also effective for cleaning out blackheads and whiteheads.

So what happens?

Microdermabrasion (also known as particle resurfacing) involves the doctor using a hand-held device that blasts fine crystals against the skin to vacuum away dirt and dead surface skin.

Microdermabrasion is also called a "lunchtime peel," because it takes only 20 to 30 minutes for a full-face treatment and can also be used on the neck and chest. It requires no anaesthesia and will not adversely lighten or darken skin, as some exfoliating treatments do.

Blasting crystals on your face, ouch! Did that hurt?

I was understandably apprehensive about having grains blasted against my skin but microdermabrasion is an enjoyable experience.

The sensation of the machine refining my skin with the tiny organic grains was unusual but pleasant. I could see a visible difference in my skin straightaway as it had smoothed away roughness and fine lines. I did experience mild redness and a slightly itchy sensation afterwards though but it wasn't uncomfortable and faded on its own after an hour.

Did you have to have any follow up treatments?

After the initial session, periodic maintenance treatments (from once a month to once every three months, as needed) are often recommended. After a few days of following the clinic's resident Plastic Surgeon Doctor Marwan Al Zarouni's skin care routine my skin texture had considerably improved and it was visibly noticeable.

All our skin care woes cannot, sadly, be solved with one facial but if you're serious about getting your skin ship-shape, proceed with a tailor-made course of treatments. This combo suited me - the microdermabrasion polished up my dull skin, while weekly peels cleans away dead cells.

The speed with which one sees results varies between individuals: all I saw, at first, was oily skin due to the heavy moisturiser.

However, a fresher-looking me materialised the day after!

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Publication:7 Days (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Date:Jul 29, 2010
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