The benefits of microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion is a procedure that helps renew overall skin tone and texture. It can improve the appearance of sun damage, wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, acne scarring, melasma, and other skin-related concerns and conditions. Your skin will look more rejuvenated and refreshed.
Microdermabrasion is a safe procedure for most skin types and colors. Of course, it is best to ask your aesthetician if microdermabrasion is the right treatment for you but you can benefit from the procedure if you have the following skin concerns:
- fine lines and wrinkles
- hyperpigmentation, age spots and brown spots
- enlarged pores and blackheads
- acne and acne scars
- stretch marks
- dull-looking skin
- uneven skin tone and texture
- sun damage
Avoid sun exposure, tanning creams, and waxing for about a week before treatment. Stop using exfoliating creams and masks approximately three days prior to treatment.
The microdermabrasion process usually lasts about one hour. We use a handheld device to gently spray on the particles or sand away the outer layer of skin in the targeted areas. At the end of the treatment, we apply moisturizer and sunscreen to the skin.
Microdermabrasion was first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1996. There are several unique ways to do the procedure, based on the specific device used, but we use crystal microdermabrasion, which 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.
Some common side effects of microdermabrasion include mild tenderness, swelling, bruising, and redness. These generally go away within a few hours after treatment. There is little to no downtime after microdermabrasion.
Keep your skin hydrated and use gentle skin care products. Avoid using topical acne medications for at least one day after treatment. It’s extremely important to protect your skin with sunscreen. 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.
We would be more than happy to work with you to design a plan for the initial number of sessions, as well as periodic maintenance treatments.