Is There An Alternative to Microdermabrasion?

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Is There An Alternative to Microdermabrasion?

In 1985, Microdermabrasion was introduced to the world by Drs. Marini and Lo Brutto in Italy revolutionized skin resurfacing.  By 2005, microdermabrasion was one of the top five aesthetic procedures performed in the U.S. The FDA classifies microdermabrasion machines as Class 1 medical devices, meaning they can be sold without demonstration of clinical efficacy and operated without medical supervision. 

In the hands of a skilled Aesthetician, microdermabrasion is a virtually painless, non-invasive procedure that targets dead skin cells while leaving viable cells alone.  Our patients at Red Bamboo report feeling renewed and totally refreshed immediately after treatment.  We use the BellaDerma microdermabrasion machine, which was developed by the original inventor of this type of medical device, physicist Al Metcalf.  It stimulates collagen and can improve the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and acne scarring. 

During the procedure, the Aesthetician guides a handheld device over the skin to provide a light, gentle abrasion.  The American College of Dermatology recommends microdermabrasion for acne scars, hyperpigmentation, sunspots, age spots, and dull complexions.  So why would you consider anything but microdermabrasion as a treatment for these issues?  Because science marches on, and new techniques have been developed that are equally effective for most cases, and in some cases can provide even better results.

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What are some of the top alternatives to microdermabrasion?

In 2015, Red Bamboo began offering a new alternative to microdermabrasion called Diamond Glow Dermalinfusion.  It provides all the benefits of microdermabrasion while it infuses the skin with carefully selected nutrients.  The dermal infusion skin treatment uses the same diamond tip as microdermabrasion to buff away dead skin cells. Still, it is unique in that it simultaneously infuses the skin with nutrient-dense serums specifically designed to revitalize the skin.

Diamond Glow Dermalinfusion Treatments are often called the “lunchtime” Facial rejuvenation treatments because they are quick and require no downtime.  Makeup can be reapplied immediately after the procedure, usually complete in 30 minutes or less. At Red Bamboo Medi Spa, we also include a facial mask, a hand, and arm massage, and warm towels with our Diamond Glow Dermalinfusion treatment for a relaxing, rejuvenating full-hour experience.

Tattoo artists noticed that the skin of their tattooed clients was softer in the area of the tattoo compared to the surrounding skin.  It was determined this was the result of the tiny needle punctures used to apply the ink.  That observation led to the development of micro-needling, where tiny needles are used to penetrate the surface of the skin.  The minor damage the needles cause triggers the skin’s own repair process of producing collagen and elastin, which results in young-looking skin. 

Chemical peels are another alternative to microdermabrasion.  Also a minimally invasive facial treatment, chemical peels use a natural chemical solution to reduce the appearance of acne scarring, age spots, and hyperpigmentation.  Light chemical peels typically require a multi-step process where ten-minute treatments are performed monthly until you achieve your desired results.

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Red Bamboo Medi-Spa uses Image Skincare Clinical Couture® Designer Peels

These include the following treatments:

Wrinkle Lift Peel

This resurfacing glycolic and retinol treatment visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines by exfoliating dead surface cells, leaving the skin firmer and healthier. Generally, only mild flaking of the skin occurs with this treatment.

Ormedic Enzyme Lift Peel

This non-chemical peel harnesses the power of natural enzymes from pineapple, papaya, and passion fruit to rebalance, regenerate, and restore the skin. It is safe for all skin types and can be performed on pregnant women. No peeling of the skin occurs with this treatment.

Acne Lift Peel

This safe and outstanding alpha and beta hydroxy acid formula reduces and treats all kinds of acne while resurfacing and smoothing the skin after just one treatment.

Beta Lift Peel

This powerful non-blended beta hydroxy acid treatment improves skin prone to cystic acne breakouts. This salicylic acid peel provides smoother skin, oil reduction, and reduction of active acne within 24 hours.

Perfection Lift Peel

This self-neutralizing modified Jessner’s peel is a next-generation blend of advanced exfoliating and revitalizing ingredients that rejuvenates and repairs moderate to severe acne and addresses aging and pigmentation concerns.

The Signature Lift (formerly the 4 Layer  Lift)

A results-driven treatment that combines Vitamin C, hydroxy acids, and enzymes to speed up cellular renewal. This treatment energizes, detoxifies, soothes, and produces noticeable results in one session 

Lightening Lift Peel

Uneven complexions have met their match. This results-driven treatment combines the most innovative and effective botanical brighteners and anti-aging peptides that will leave the skin looking younger and luminous.

Ask one of our Medical Aestheticians which treatment is right for you.

Everyone’s skin is unique, so it’s important to weigh all your options and choose a skilled Medi-Spa team that can recommend and perform the treatment that’s best for your specific needs.  To learn more, visit

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