Sapphire® Abrasion is an advanced alternative to what microdermabrasion used to offer. In my opinion, Sapphire 3® Photo Abrasion provides more comprehensive treatment and the outcomes are better.
Sapphire 3® Photo Abrasion is a three step skin rejuvenation program from Raja Medical® (West Palm Beach, Fla.) that combines dry and wet abrasion, lymphatic drainage and LED light therapy. This next generation device offers an alternative to established microdermabrasion treatment.
“Microdermabrasion has become a bit passé in this day and age because it is now offered through home units and topical solutions,” said Mitchell Chasin, M.D., medical director at Reflections Center for Skin and Body, in Livingston, N.J. “I think the public is looking for a variation on the theme. Sapphire® Abrasion is an advanced alternative to what microdermabrasion used to offer. In my opinion, Sapphire 3® Photo Abrasion provides more comprehensive treatment and the outcomes are better. It is a higher tech alternative.”
Treatment is also more comfortable and less irritating to the skin, compared to traditional microdermabrasion. Typically, the sequence is crystalfree, dry abrasion, followed by wet abrasion, then lymphatic drainage. “Instead of using suction, the sapphire tip uses vibration, which allows you to better customize the level of ablation to the patient’s needs,” Dr. Chasin said. The three different head sizes are 100, 70 and 50 grit.
Light therapy is the last step of treatment, both concentrated red monochromatic LED and blue LED. “Red therapy stimulates fibroblasts in the connective tissue to produce collagen and also promotes elasticity and firmness of the skin,” Dr. Chasin explained. “The blue LED therapy creates an environment that kills bacteria on the surface. Blue light also has a soothing and healing effect on the skin. For acne, there is a synergism between the exfoliation from sapphire abrasion and the bacteria killing effects of the blue light.”
Dr. Chasin normally recommends one treatment session of Sapphire 3® Photo Abrasion once every one to two weeks, for a total of six sessions, followed by maintenance. “This is advanced technology for primary care practices considering aesthetics because it is a safe, predictable and effective system,” he said. “And because it is new and novel, Sapphire 3® Photo Abrasion helps to distinguish the practices that are using it.”
“Sapphire 3® Photo Abrasion has played a tremendous role in the growth and success of our aesthetic practice,” noted Daniela Dadurian, M.D., who practices internal medicine in West Palm Beach, Fla. “It complements every anti-aging procedure that we offer and is beneficial for both men and women. We have been able to replace other technologies because of its capability to treat multiple skin conditions.”
Initially, Dr. Dadurian advises a series of treatments that are followed by one maintenance session each month. “You can treat a wide-range of patients with minimum to no contraindications,” she said. The system also employs a unique vibrating tip comprised of actual sapphire granules.
After the initial treatment, “patients see an overall improvement in their skin texture. The skin looks refreshed and more radiant,” said Dr. Dadurian, who began offering aesthetics in 2002. “There is also no patient discomfort associated with treatment. I believe Sapphire 3® Photo Abrasion is really the next generation of microdermabrasion, with much better and exciting results. In fact, it is the number one recommended treatment in our practice. This treatment is also complementary to lasers, fillers and Botox.”