Microdermabrasion is a skin rejuvenation treatment that relatively painless and less agressive compared to dermabrasion. It uses a minimally abrasive instrument to gently sand the skin, removing the thicker, uneven outer layer and stimulate new skin growth. This technique also helps to thicken your collagen, which results in a younger looking complexion.
This type of skin rejuvenation is used to treat light scarring, discoloration and sun damage and there's even microdermabrasion for stretch marks.
There are two kinds of microdermabrasion treatments. One approach involves a hand-held device that streams tiny crystals across your skin. An attached vacuum simultaneously suctions those exfoliating crystals back into the machine, along with the dead or loosened skin. The newer approach uses a diamond-tip wand that is gently moved across your skin to exfoliate.
With microdermabrasion, there is less down time than with dermabrasion. Skin is pink but fully recovers within 24 hours. No anesthetics are used.
What is it for?
- Eliminate age spots and black heads.
- Removing hyperpigmentation (patches of darkened skin) or uneven skin tone.
- General rejuvenation of the skin
- Lessen the appearance of stretch marks.
- Reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
- Reduce or eliminate enlarged pores.
- Treat acne and the scars left by acne.
Is there any side effect?
Microdermabrasion is considered a very safe and comfort procedure. Any discomfort experienced as part of microdermabrasion is usually short-lived. This can include redness and swelling, which should subside within a few hours. Later, you can expect the skin to be flaky and dry for several days. Some of the side effects include:
Irritation from crystals getting into unprotected eyes
Bruising which can occur from the suction, which may last several days.
What happens during the treatment?
Tiny crystals are sprayed onto the skin to gently remove the outer layer of your skin. It is basically an exfoliation and skin rejuvenation procedure that leaves skin looking softer and brighter. There is almost no discomfort in microdermabrasion, meaning you won't need a topical or local anesthetic.
Each treatment will last about a half hour. You may feel a mild scratching as the procedure removes the superficial skin cells. Additionally, you'll notice a vibrating sensation akin to a massage. There is also a suction mechanism to lift off the dead skin.
How long will the result last?
The result should be long-lasting, depending on the severity of your skin damage and the number of treatments that you receive. Many people have two microdermabrasion treatments per month at first and then one per month as part of a maintenance plan.
What should I be aware of after treatment?
- After microdermabrasion, your skin will be pink and feel dry and tight (like sunburn or windburn) for about 24 hours. Use moisturizer.
- Your skin will be more sensitive to sun exposure. Be sure to use sunscreen, especially immediately following a microdermabrasion session.