Microdermabrasion: A Treatment That Leaves Your Skin Baby Soft

In the world of beauty treatments, there’s one procedure known to leave your skin the best it’s ever looked: microdermabrasion. This is a cosmetic procedure used to renew overall skin tone and texture on the face. It can improve the appearance of sun damage, wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, acne scarring, melasma, and other skin concerns. It utilizes a special applicator with an abrasive surface to gently sand away the thick outer layer of the skin. A different technique sprays fine particles with a vacuum to accomplish the same outcome as the abrasive surface. Microdermabrasion is considered a safe procedure for almost all skin types and colors. These are a few of the skin concerns that can be treated with microdermabrasion:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Hyperpigmentation, age spots and sun spots
  • Enlarged pores and blackheads
  • Acne scars
  • Stretch marks
  • Dull skin
  • Uneven skin tone and texture
  • Melasma
  • Sun damage

How Does Microdermabrasion Work?

Microdermabrasion is an in-office procedure that usually takes about one hour. It’s typically performed by a licensed skincare professional. During your appointment, your provider will use a handheld device to gently spray on the particles or sand away the outer layer of skin in the targeted areas. These are just a few of the types of microdermabrasion used:

Diamond-tip: A diamond-tip handpiece is designed to gently exfoliate dead cells in your skin. At the same time, it will suction them off immediately. The depth of the abrasion may be affected by the pressure applied on the handpiece as well as how long the suction is allowed to remain on the skin. This type of microdermabrasion applicator is generally used in more sensitive facial areas, like close to the eyes.

Crystal: Crystal microdermabrasion uses a crystal-emitting handpiece to gently spray on fine crystals to rub away outer layers of the skin. Like the diamond-tip handpiece, dead skin cells are suctioned off right away. The different types of crystals that may be used include aluminum oxide and sodium bicarbonate.

Hydradermabrasion: Hydradermabrasion is a newer method. It involves combining simultaneous dermal infusion of products and crystal-free exfoliation. The entire process stimulates collagen production and maximizes blood flow to your skin.

Are There Side Effects?

Common side effects of microdermabrasion include mild tenderness, swelling, and redness. These generally go away within a few hours after treatment. You might be advised to use a moisturizer to minimize dry and flaky skin. Minor bruising may also occur, and this is mostly caused by the suction process during the treatment.

Right After the Treatment

There is little to no downtime after microdermabrasion. You should be able to resume your daily activities immediately. Make sure to keep your skin hydrated, use sunscreen and gentle skin care products. Avoid using topical acne medications for at least one day after treatment. Your skin can be more sensitive to the sun in the few weeks after the treatment. You can expect to see noticeable results immediately after the procedure. The number of microdermabrasion sessions needed will depend on the severity of your skin concerns as well as your expectations.

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