Getting rid of age spots, clogged pores, and dead surface skin cells doesn’t need to be accompanied by extensive recovery and discomfort. Microdermabrasion gives you smoother, younger-looking skin in a quick, simple, painless procedure with no real downtime.
What is microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic treatment that uses a minimally abrasive instrument to gently sand the surface of the skin to remove the micro-thin top layer. This layer can be an impediment to having better skin because it contains clogged pores. Microdermabrasion can improve age spots, black heads, and hyperpigmentation. It also exfoliates the skin and lessens the appearance of stretch marks, fine lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores, and acne scars.
How does microdermabrasion work?
Beyond exfoliating the outer layer, microdermabrasion works by causing a small amount of trauma to the skin, instigating a repair response that creates younger, healthier looking skin. Part of this process is an increase in collagen production. Collagen is the protein responsible for firm skin; its production decreases in the body as we age.
What happens during microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion can be done in two ways. The first approach uses a hand-held device that sprays small crystals across the skin. A vacuum simultaneously suctions the crystals back into the machine along with the dead skin cells. A newer method utilizes a diamond-tip wand that is moved across the skin to gently exfoliate it.
Every microdermabrasion appointment lasts about 30 minutes. Anesthetic is not required. During the procedure it may feel like your skin is being scratched. You will also notice a vibrating sensation similar to a massage, as well as a suction mechanism that lifts off the dead skin cells.
What can I expect after my microdermabrasion appointment?
Microdermabrasion doesn’t require any downtime; you can resume regular activities immediately after treatment. Your skin will be pink and feel dry and tight for about 24 hours, but moisturizer will remedy this.
What can I expect from the results of my microdermabrasion treatment?
You can expect results to be long-lasting, depending on the severity of skin damage and the number of sessions you receive. Many people initially have two microdermabrasion treatments per month then have it once a month as part of a maintenance program.
Are there risks involved in microdermabrasion?
There may be redness and slight swelling but that will fade after a couple of hours. Your skin may also be dry and flaky for several days, and will be more sensitive to the sun after treatment.