Microdermabrasion is a popular, relatively inexpensive facial skin treatment available in many medical spas and physician’s offices in Australia. This article explains the treatment’s technology, purpose, benefits as well as some additional considerations for those interested in booking an appointment for the procedure.
What is microdermabrasion?
The most effective microdermabrasion treatments are performed in a medical office using a powerful machine. After a gentle facial cleansing, the attendant uses a machine that sends a powerful spray of specially refined crystals onto the skin’s surface. These crystals help to exfoliate and slough off dead skin cells. The massaging effect stimulates and promotes the generation of fresh new skin cells. The machine then uses vacuum power to suction off the unwanted debris including dead skin cells, dirt and oil from clogged pores and the excess refined crystals. The skin’s surface is left clean, rejuvenated and glowing.
What are the benefits of microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion facial treatment has many benefits. It can brighten up dull and lifeless skin, help to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation spots and enlarged pores, and smooth out dry or rough skin texture. This procedure is popular because it can successfully treat several skin problems in a single treatment. The results are cumulative and for more apparent results, a series of treatments are recommended.
Which conditions can be treated using microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion can be used to treat many unwanted skin conditions, many related to aging:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Sun damage
- Oily skin
- Enlarged pores
- Reduction of the appearance of scars
- Age spots and hyperpigmentation
- Dull and lifeless skin
Is microdermabrasion more effective than a normal facial?
Yes. The microdermabrasion treatment not only provides a deeper exfoliation, the effect on the stimulation of the skin during the treatment promotes the production of new collagen. This results in a more supple and fresh look to the skin.
How many treatments are recommended for best results?
A series of six microdermabrasion treatments once per week, is recommended for visible, noticeable improvement, though many people notice results after just one or two treatments. After the initial series of six sessions, one monthly treatment is recommended to maintain the rejuvenated glowing appearance to the skin.
Is there any recovery time after a microdermabrasion treatment?
No. There is no downtime associated with microdermabrasion treatment. Immediately afterwards, there may be some redness to the treated area, but in most people the redness will be gone within 24 hours. To cover the redness and return to work, many patients apply foundation or other make-up after their session.
Is there any specific aftercare required following a microdermabrasion treatment?
Microdermabrasion removes the top layer of the skin and encourages new skin cells to grow. The fresh new skin will be sensitive to exposure including wind and the sun’s rays. After a treatment, patients are given a set of instructions that will prevent the negative effects of the environment on the skin. Constant coverage with sunscreen will be recommended to prevent sunburn. Diligent use of moisturiser is recommended to encourage the skin’s new cells to maintain their plump and fresh quality.
Is treatment with microdermabrasion associated with any particular risks or complications? Does it require any specific precautions?
Facial surgery, injection therapy with wrinkle injections or filler, or any other invasive procedure to the treated area should be avoided in the weeks immediately prior to or after a microdermabrasion treatment. Waxing should not be done at least two days before and seven days or more after microdermabrasion. Exposure to UV rays indoors or outdoors, and swimming in chlorinated pools are not recommended for at least two full weeks after microdermabrasion.
Is microdermabrasion right for me?
Facial microdermabrasion treatment is sometimes available with little or no medical supervision, often in spas or beauty salons. To avoid risks or complications, microdermabrasion treatment should be sought out in medical spas or physician-supervised clinics.