Microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive skin-exfoliation procedure designed to treat sun damage, scars, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, rejuvenating the skin by utilizing ultra-fine purified crystals to remove the upper layer of the skin. In addition to its cosmetic benefits, microdermabrasion helps to enhance circulation and lymph flow. Results are immediately visible, and there is no downtime for the patient, who can immediately resume regular activities. Performed in-office, microdermabrasion does not require anesthesia, and can be combined with other procedures such as chemical peels or laser treatment.
Microdermabrasion is a much less invasive procedure than dermabrasion, which is used to treat more serious skin problems. Dermabrasion, in which several layers of skin are removed, is considered a surgical treatment.
The Microdermabrasion Procedure
During the microdermabrasion procedure, which is usually performed by an aesthetician, a handheld device is used to transmit tiny crystals of aluminum oxide across the targeted treatment area. The crystals and dead skin are then suctioned away with a vacuum tool, revealing fresh underlying skin. This process exfoliates the skin, stimulating the production of collagen which results in firmer, smoother and more youthful looking skin. A crystal-free treatment option is also available that works by using a diamond tip that loosens the layers of dead skin cells that form on the surface and dull the skin’s appearance. A treatment session can last from five to 60 minutes. The results of a single microdermabrasion treatment are temporary. For continued improvement, treatment should be repeated every 2 to 4 weeks.
What Are The Benefits Of Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion safely and effectively, with no pain and no downtime, improves the color, tone and texture of skin.
Microdermabrasion is considered safe for all skin types, and is especially effective for Asian and dark-skinned patients who may be at risk for skin discoloration with other types of treatment.
The vacuum used during microdermabrasion enhances circulation and lymph flow, rejuvenating the skin internally as well as externally. Microdermabrasion helps to diminish fine lines and discoloration while refining skin texture and hue. It improves acne prone skin, mild acne scarring, uneven skin texture, sun damaged skin, hyperpigmentation and melasma (the mask of pregnancy).
This treatment includes the face and neck.
Is It Necessary To Wear Sunscreen After Microdermabrasion Treatment?
After microdermabrasion is performed, the newly exposed layer of skin is vulnerable to sun damage, so wearing sunscreen is necessary. Avoiding the sun the first few days after treatment is recommended.