What is microdermabrasion, and how will I benefit from it?
Microdermabrasion is a method of exfoliation that uses a machine to remove dead surface skin cells and initiate cellular turnover.
Its introduction led the revolution of device-driven, noninvasive cosmetic procedures. Today, microdermabrasion remains one of the most popular services employed in both medical and day spas.
The two most common methods are crystal and diamond. The crystal method uses a wand which sprays fine crystals onto the skin. This loosens and removes dead skin cells. Furthermore, it simultaneously uses vacuum suction to remove the used crystals and dead skin. The diamond method uses a diamond-tipped wand to sand and resurface the skin. Also, microdermabrasion is combined with suction to remove the dead skin cells. Both methods stimulate blood circulation and revitalize collagen production. This promotes younger-looking skin. The degree of exfoliation depends on the number of passes, level of crystal spray or coarseness of the diamond wand. The pressure and suction used as well as the frequency of treatment are also important factors.
Microdermabrasion can be helpful to treat aging and sun-damaged skin. In addition, it’s great for altered pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, stretch marks, and some types of acne and acne scarring. Furthermore, it is especially effective in treating the under-eye area and crow’s feet. Results may include improved skin tone, reduced visual appearance of aging, fewer breakouts, diminished appearance of scars, refined skin pores, renewed elasticity, and a healthy glow. People with chemical sensitivities have little to no problem with Microdermabrasion . In addition, most skin colors and skin types can use this treatment. Ask your skin care professional if microdermabrasion is right for you.
Preparing for treatment
The procedure is noninvasive and requires little preparation. You may remove your makeup and come to the treatment room with a clean face, or allow your skin care professional to remove your makeup for you.
What to expect
Most clients do not find the procedure to be painful, and it requires no anesthetic. I will instruct you to relax as I apply the wand to your face in a slow, methodical way. One microdermabrasion treatment should take 30 minutes to an hour. There are no side effects, and your skin will look glowing and fresh almost immediately after the treatment. Some more aggressive treatments may cause the skin to look slightly pink and tender for a few hours afterward. You can resume normal activities and apply makeup and moisturizer directly after your microdermabrasion session.
Home care after microdermabrasion
It’s important to avoid direct sunlight and tanning booths after your treatment. Also, use sunscreen frequently since your fresh skin is very sensitive after treatment. Also, avoid products containing harsh chemicals, dyes, or perfumes until the skin has fully healed.