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Sapphire 3 Photo Abrasion

Sapphire 3 Photo Abrasion is the ultimate combination in noninvasive skin therapies involving unique wet and dry exfoliation, lymphatic drainage, vitamin infusion, and light therapy.

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Sapphire 3 Photo Abrasion is the ultimate combination in noninvasive skin therapies involving unique wet and dry exfoliation, lymphatic drainage, vitamin infusion, and light therapy.

Benefits of Sapphire 3 Photo Abrasion include improvements in:

Sapphire 3 Photo Abrasion Quick Facts

  • Costs $160 to $210 per treatment depending upon the areas treated
  • No downtime
  • A great treatment to maintain results of lasers like Fraxel and Yag
  • Treatment takes around 45 minutes

How Does Sapphire 3 Photo Abrasion Work?

Sapphire 3 Treatment Process

Sapphire 3 Photo Abrasion LED Therapy Plus IPL Suction MicrodermabrasionSapphire 3 is a crystal-free, suction-free, non-thermal technique that uses a sapphire handpiece that vibrates while it slowly passes across the skin’s surface to effectively and comfortably ablate the outermost layers of the skin. The level of exfoliation is customized to your needs and comfort level. This process results in improved skin texture, tone, and appearance, but makes the skin more receptive to the next stage of treatment, which involves wet, vitamin-infused gel exfoliation and hydration.

Lymphatic drainage is accomplished by a slow-moving alternating pressure head, which removes toxins and waste and improves circulation.

Red monochromatic light with microcurrent and high-frequency aids in the stimulation of cells, stimulates collagen synthesis, and gently tones and lifts the skin. Blue LED therapy, effective for mild acne, has additional healing and calming effects. The LED energy penetrates the skin better after the exfoliation is performed.

  • Recovery & Downtime: None required
  • Numbing: None required
  • Cost:$160 to $850 for six treatments
  • Candidacy: Patients of all skin types who want tighter, more even skin
  • Duration: 6-8 weeks with each treatment, progressive results with multiple treatments
  • Why We Love It: Relaxing, soothing alternative to standard microdermabrasion

Frequently Asked Questions About Sapphire 3 Photo Abrasion

  • What is the treatment like?

    This is a relaxing, healing treatment that patients consistently prefer over microdermabrasion. This treatment is provided by our professional aestheticians and is often used in combination with (or for maintenance after) laser therapies, which are performed by our physicians.

  • How long does a treatment take, how many treatments are advised, and can it be used on all skin types?

    Treatments take approximately 45 minutes. Depending on the desired results and the areas being treated, a series of six treatments (each two weeks apart) are recommended. The treatment can be performed on patients with all skin types.

    Repeated treatments over time have been shown to enhance collagen synthesis and positively affect the way the skin ages.

  • How does this treatment differ from microdermabrasion?

    Patients report enhanced results and a better overall experience with the multi-step Sapphire abrasion process, compared to microdermabrasion. Because the treatment is performed without suction and crystals, patients report the process to be more comfortable and less irritating to the skin. Though microdermabrasion still has its place in the field of aesthetics and continues to be offered at Reflections for patients who request it, the Sapphire abrasion treatment is more advanced and comprehensive.

  • When will I see results?

    Treatment results are progressive, and you should notice correction with each treatment. Some results, such as smoother texture, usually appear after the first treatment.

  • Can Sapphire 3 be combined with other skin or laser treatments?

    Yes, most definitely! It is quite common to combine Intense Pulsed Light treatments (Photofacial, IPL) with Sapphire abrasion for their synergistic and more comprehensive results. Sapphire abrasion is also used to maintain and increase the longevity of results seen with Fraxel, Portrait, and erbium laser treatments. Studies have regularly demonstrated an increase in the level of collagen synthesis when such procedures are done in combination.

    For more profound results, laser therapies should be performed first, followed by Sapphire 3 to maintain your results.

  • How much does it cost?

    Sapphire 3 costs from $160 to $850 for six treatments.

  • Is downtime required?

    No downtime is required.

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Dr. Mitchell Chasin is a Cosmetic & Laser Physician at Reflections Center. Dr. Chasin believes strongly that the best cosmetic physicians are those who are dedicated to mastering their craft through continuing education and collaboration with the industry’s top doctors.