Microdermabrasion is essentially a skin resurfacing procedure. It’s a skin treatment that’s considered to be non-invasive, non-chemical, and non-surgical. Microdermabrasion uses fine crystals to exfoliate the skin (remove dead skin from the skin’s outer surface). Where necessary, and for a more powerful treatment, vacuum pressure is amplified in order to penetrate deeper into the skin. The result: improved skin elasticity, texture, and tone.
Prior to microdermabrasion, a clinician will wash the skin clean. That’s followed with a spray of crystals (made of aluminum oxide). This serves to “scrape” away dead skin cells, which are then vacuum-sucked away. The whole idea here is to promote new collagen growth, and thereby, rejuvenate the skin. After the microdermabrasion treatment, various skin products are applied over the treatment area to stimulate the healing process.
Depending on a client’s skin condition, the number of microdermabrasion treatments will vary. Here, a good skin clinician will be able to advise accordingly. Treatments are usually spaced apart for better results. And for those clients with scarring or skin discoloration, additional treatments may well be recommended. For longer-term maintenance, it’s best for a professional to oversee the process – one who understands treatments and results.
Microdermabrasion is considered a safe procedure, and is in common use today. It’s not like a chemical peel or laser resurfacing. Microdermabrasion is less aggressive, requiring far less time to heal and recover. Most importantly, clients are required to follow all pre-treatment and post-treatment directions to get the best results. Following the procedure, skin might feel tight or slightly dry, for which a quality moisturizer would be the answer.
After microdermabrasion, clients are encouraged not to use makeup so that the skin has a chance to regenerate. Overall, any other side effects are mild and short lived. In fact, there is really no downtime – work and daily routine can continue as usual. Recovery is quick, making microdermabrasion the ideal option for those who can’t afford the recovery time associated with many other treatments. However, after treatment, extra care is required.
Microdermabrasion has proven itself effective in the treatment of mild acne; age spots; sun damage; skin lesions; and general complexion problems. For the most part, clients experience improvements in terms of skin color, texture, and tone. And overall, skin is healthier and more radiant. After microdermabrasion, the skin creates new layers, and along with regenerated levels of collagen and elastin, the skin’s condition is enriched.
While microdermabrasion may not be for everyone, it’s an ideal treatment for clients who are healthy and with minor skin conditions. Also, it’s important for clients to have realistic expectations for the outcomes. And unlike some treatments, microdermabrasion is a safe treatment everywhere – the face, chest, neck, and even the hands. Unfortunately, it’s not recommended for those with deep scars, warts, eczema, or serious skin diseases.
At the end of the day, it’s best to have a good clinician providing sound advice about the expectations and limitations of microdermabrasion. And when it comes to personal health and well-being, nothing compares with a professional approach.