When microdermabrasion first promised to resurface our skin like never before, we were intrigued, and then hooked for life—or so we thought. But then, on a recent visit with celebrity esthetician and our resident authority on all things skin, Renee Rouleau, we experienced Bio Brasion. It’s just like our beloved microdermabrasion, only better. Much better. Since we’re never ones to keep a beauty secret, we pressed Rouleau for all the details.
Keep reading to find out what makes Bio Brasion so great!
Simply put, it’s an exfoliation treatment. “Bio Brasion is a crystal-free, low-suction abrasion system that uses gentle vibration with customized levels of exfoliation,” Rouleau says. During a treatment, your esthetician will run a handheld device with unique, interchangeable tips across your skin, to painlessly lift off the outermost dry, damaged layers of the skin, revealing the healthy layers of skin beneath—healthy and smooth (baby soft doesn’t even begin to describe it).
If you’re thinking all of that sounds great, but it also sounds a lot like microdermabrasion, you’re not wrong. The treatments are very similar, but there are a few factors that set Bio Brasion apart. “Microdermabrasion, while effective for exfoliating the surface of the skin had some negatives associated with it,” Rouleau says. First, the crystals that spray out of the hose are often uneven and unpredictable. “So you kind of have an uncontrolled amount of exfoliation.” Secondly, the suction used can be quite strong. “So anyone with weak capillaries and redness could have some damage,” Rouleau says.
Bio Brasion, on the other hand, uses a lower suction, so you're not pulling and tugging at fragile capillaries and there’s no risk of damage. It’s considered controlled exfoliation because it uses a diamond-head tip (not crystal), which ensures a consistent amount of abrasion. “And unlike microdermabrasion, it’s performed on wet skin,” Rouleau says. “An acid-based foam is applied to the skin to instantly start to loosen up dead cells, so when the Bio Brasion hand piece goes over the skin, it works to remove the dissolved cells.” All of that boils down to more effective, deeper (and risk-free) exfoliation.
Are you sold yet? Good news: Rouleau says the treatment is right for you. “Bio Brasion is safe for all skin types (including red and sensitive complexions), delivering noticeable improvements to skin’s texture and overall appearance.” Rouleau also recommends it to treat chest and body areas with sun damage, and to help soften bumps due to a condition called keratosis pilaris.
Now that you’re itching to Google to Bio Brasion near you, let’s talk specifics. Results are always number one, and the bottom line is Bio Brasion delivers. “One treatment will give immediate results in smoothing the skin, and is ideal when done a few days before a wedding or special occasion,” Rouleau says. “There’s no downtime and each procedure works progressively, bringing increased skin correction with additional sessions.” So when you're really trying to create change in your skin, do a series of 6 or 12 treatments, performed weekly. A single Bio Brasion facial will probably cost you between $75 and $175. And most series of six treatments will run you anywhere from $450 to $600.
For even greater results, Rouleau recommends stacking treatments. “When a light chemical peel is applied to the skin after Bio Brasion, it can give dramatic results for clearing acne, smoothing discoloration from acne, and fading brown spots and discoloration from sun or hormones,” Rouleau says. Just note that adding a peel can create some dryness and light flaking for a few days post-treatment.