What is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a technique used to exfoliate the skin. It is very powerful, and is known as one of the most effective ways to help treat ageing. This painless treatment will accelerate the rate at which dead skin cells are exfoliated. This will allow new skin cells to come alive. A series of treatments can be done. Many will start off with two treatments a month to begin with, then reduce to one treatment per month to maintain the skin. It can be done with almost any other skin care treatment, and is recommended to be done every few weeks to one to two months apart. It is an outpatient procedure that takes about 30 minutes to complete. There is no recovery time, and no anaesthetic is needed. Microdermabrasion costs anywhere between $125 to $250, depending on which area of the skin is treated and where the treatment is done. Microdermabrasion is suitable for all types of skin. It is safe for people aged 18 to 65. Sometimes, under certain circumstance, children under the age of 18 are permitted to have microdermabrasion done. Typically, skin that has matured has a higher chance of bruising and skin abrasions, so it is not recommended for those over age 70.
Benefits of Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion delivers many benefits. Fine lines and wrinkles can be treated with microdermabrasion, and it is perfect for dry skin. Those with hyper pigmentation can greatly benefit from this procedure, and minor acne scars can be faded. Blemishes and blackheads may be treated, and large pores can be reduced in size. Pores will look cleaner as they will not be plugged. Other great benefits of microdermabrasion are reduction in oily or dull skin. Skin will be much smoother, and new skin cells will be formed, which will make skin look and feel radiant. Rough skin is easily eliminated with microdermabrasion. Age spots and sun damage can be improved with the use of this treatment. Enhanced circulation and lymph flow will occur, which will help to promote internal health of the skin. It has been proven to be effective for treating keratosis pilaris. Microdermabrasion should not be used for people who have very sensitive skin. Though there are some great benefits of microdermabrasion, if any of the following are present in a person, microdermabrasion should not be done: fragile capillaries, rosacea that is active, open sores, skin lesions, lupus, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, warts, widespread acne, vascular lesions, herpes, erythematosus, diabetes mellitus, and anyone that takes an anti-coagulant.
How does microdermabrasion work?
A diamond shaped or bristle tipped head will be used during the microdermabrasion process. This will help to buff the skin so dead skin cells are lifted away to reveal fresh ones. The bristles will shoot a fine sand like material, such as aluminium oxide, sodium chloride or sodium bicarbonate onto the face. The tool vacuums the skin by pulling on a small section of skin, and raising it up. Mild swelling will occur, which will bring impurities to the skin’s surface. The sand like material will then be shot onto the skin, and will then be vacuumed up along with the dead skin cells that have been collected. The tool will be moved steadily along the skin, with even pressure being applied. One to three passes over the skin is the normal protocol. A mild scratching sensation will be felt during the procedure. Some could also experience a warming sensation on the skin. Possible side effects of microdermabrasion include skin tightness, redness of the skin, skin sensitivity, cold sore reactivation around the lips if cold sores have been present on the skin before, post inflammatory hyperpigmentation(PIH), small skin abrasions, spots of bleeding and fine broken blood vessels. The blood vessels are particularly seen if you have thin skin, lupus, sun damaged skin, scleroderma, taken Prednisone for extended periods of time, or have abnormally fragile skin. There is a higher chance of bruising if one is taking aspirin or other blood thinners.
After a microdermabrasion treatment, there will be virtually no downtime. This procedure is often called the lunch hour peel as one can return back to their daily schedule as soon as the treatment is done. Slight redness may be seen after the peel, but will usually reduce within a few hours. Avoiding the sun is highly recommended as the skin could easily become irritated. After the procedure, your skin specialist might recommend using a special cream or moisturiser to further protect the skin and enhance the results of the microdermabrasion. Always wear sunscreen to ensure that the skin is well protected from the sun’s rays.
Risks associated to microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion is very safe. It is a non-invasive treatment that has very few risks. However, one should always look for a highly skilled skin specialist to perform the treatment on the skin. A trained skin specialist that has been trained to do microdermabrasion and trained aesthetician can also perform the procedure. If the procedure is not done correctly, the skin can become bruised or discoloured. The eyelids should never be treated with microdermabrasion. Avoid having the treatment go too far into the skin, as this will cause discoloration of the skin that is permanent. Other risks include the microdermabrasion crystals entering the eye, causing irritation. If the instruments used are not properly sanitised, there is risk for infection to the skin. Looking for a highly reputable, trained professional will help to eliminate these unwanted risks that are rarely seen. To reduce these risk, during the consultation, ask questions. Possible questions you may wish to consider asking include:
- Are you certified to do microdermabrasion?
- Were you specifically trained to do microdermabrasion?
- Am I a good candidate for the treatment?
- What results do you expect to see if I have this procedure done? What results are reasonable to be seen on my skin?
- What are the risks and complications associated with this procedure?
- Who will perform the procedure? Will anyone be allowed to help?
- Do you have before and after photos that you show your clients?
There are many wonderful at home microdermabrasion treatments. These will usually cost $100+ for a jar of the magic, however there are many on the market today as cheap as $50. Keep in mind that these often do not work as well as a professional treatment, but are a wonderful way to maintain the skin. At home treatments will contain the same type of crystals found in professional microdermabrasion, however, they are applied with the hands, and not a diamond or bristle tipped head. As the scrub is rubbed into the skin with the hands, the crystals will grab the dead skin. Some at home treatments are a two in one, where the skin is hydrated while scrubbing away the dead skin. Follow the instructions on the packaging closely as any over the counter treatment can damage the skin if not performed properly.
Microdermabrasion is a wonderful procedure to have done. It can eliminate oily skin, reduce pore size, give skin radiance that it has never seen before, improve the skin texture, tone and clarity, improve sun damaged skin and much more. The procedure is simple, painless, and requires very little time to have the procedure done. Combining microdermabrasion with other skin treatments is an effective way to have the skin that one has always wanted.