What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive procedure used to 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. The procedure uses a special applicator with an abrasive surface to gently sand away the thick outer layer of the skin to rejuvenate it. A different microdermabrasion technique sprays fine particles of aluminum oxide or sodium bicarbonate with suction to accomplish the same outcome as using the abrasive surface.  

Who is microdermabrasion for? 

Microdermabrasion is considered a safe procedure for most skin types and colors. People might choose to get the procedure if they 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 complexion 

  • uneven skin tone and texture 

  • melasma 

  • sun damage 

Preparing for microdermabrasion 

Microdermabrasion is a nonsurgical, minimally invasive procedure. There’s very little you need to do to prepare for it. 

It a good idea to discuss your skin concerns with a skin care professional to find out if microdermabrasion is the right fit for you. Discuss any past cosmetic procedures and surgeries, as well as allergies and medical conditions. 

You may be told to avoid sun exposure, tanning creams, and waxing for about a week before treatment. You may also be advised to stop using exfoliating creams and masks approximately 3 days prior to treatment. Remove any makeup and cleanse your face before the procedure begins. 

 

 

How does microdermabrasion work? 

Microdermabrasion is an in-office procedure that usually takes about an hour. It’s typically performed by a licensed skin care professional, who may or may not be under the supervision of a healthcare provider. This depends on what 

state you live in. It’s not necessary to use anesthesia or a numbing agent for microdermabrasion. During your appointment, you’ll be seated in a reclining chair. Your provider will 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, a moisturizer as well as sunscreen will be applied to your skin. 

Side effects of microdermabrasion 

Common side effects of microdermabrasion include mild tenderness, swelling, and redness. These generally go away within a few hours after treatment. You might be advised to use a moisturizer to minimize dry and flaky skin. 

Minor bruising may also occur. This is mostly caused by the suction process during the treatment. 

 

 

What to expect after microdermabrasion 

There is little to no downtime after microdermabrasion. You should be able to resume your daily activities immediately. 

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. 

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