Wet microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion of the skin has been one of the most popular non invasive treatments for skin rejuvenation over the past 2 years. The principle is simple – exfoliate the build up of dead cells on the surface of the skin to brighten up the complexion and at the same time allow better penetration of the rejuvenating products we are applying on the skin.

In February this year, whilst on a visit to Singapore, I decided to visit one of the most successful aesthetic doctor there, Dr KK Chew, who also happens to be a classmate from Medical School. I learnt that one of the most popular treatment in his well established city center clinic was the next generation of microdermabrasion – wet microdermabrasion. This combines microdermabrasion with an infusion of various serums into the skin. As there was no down time,I accepted the offer of a complementary treatment.

I loved it!

The treatment itself felt good, like a firm massage with a scrub. At the end of the treatment, my skin felt baby smooth and I lost that slightly dull and sallow look. This was perfect as I had my class reunion the next day. 

This has prompted me to look into the physiology and science behind wet microdermabrasion. There is evidence that a course of treatment can reduce pigmentation, reduce fine lines, reduce pore size and thicken the collagen in the skin. The next step was to look at the available devices.

There are 2 main devices in the market at the moment – the Silkpeel and the Hydrafacial MD. Both have excellent reviews and we are trialling both.

The other additional benefits are :

1 Extraction of comedones(blackheads) and other debri accumulated in the pores of the skin – an essential step to reducing pore size and in the treatment of acne.

2 A blue LED light for destroying the bacteria that causes acne

3 A red LED light that contributes to the stimulation of collagen synthesis

4 A vacuum device for assisting in Manual Lymphatic Drainage, an important step in reducing swelling(edema). This is also used after surgical procedures.


The trial continues. Watch this space.


Mrs CC Kat is a leading Midlands Consultant Plastic Surgeon specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. She is a full member of both British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) and British Association of Aesthetic , Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (BAPRAS) as well as several international aesthetic surgery associations. She worked as a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust but now runs her private practice, CC Kat Aesthetics – Birmingham Laser, Skin and Cosmetic Surgery Clinic, full time. For more information, visitwww.cckat.com or call 0121 456 7930

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