Microdermabrasion is a non-chemical, non-invasive procedure that uses a spray of aluminium oxide microcrystals to remove the outermost layer of dry, dead skin cells and reveal younger, healthier-looking skin. It also encourages the production of a new underlying layer of skin cells with higher levels of collagen and elastin, which further improves your skin’s appearance.
During a microdermabrasion treatment, the therapist directs a stream of tiny (“micro”) aluminum oxide crystals through a hand piece that is placed against the skin. These dermabrasion crystals exfoliate the skin, and the mild suction created by the microdermabrasion system removes the skin debris and crystals.
This helps produce thicker, healthier skin layers; multiple treatments are vital because they encourage the production of a new layer of skin cells that contains higher levels of collagen and elastin. Both of these components are essential for vibrant, healthy skin, and they will further improve your complexion and the overall appearance of your skin. Approximately five to twelve treatments spaced two to three weeks apart are usually necessary to reap full benefits. Convenient and virtually painless, the microdermabrasion procedure takes around 40 minutes and is commonly referred to as the “lunch hour facial.”
The ideal candidates for microdermabrasion treatment are healthy adults who have relatively minor skin conditions or imperfections and realistic expectations about what it can and cannot do. Because it is a mild, non-invasive procedure that cannot remedy sagging skin or correct deep facial creases or folds.
Risks and Benefits
Microdermabrasion is a safe, non-surgical, “lunch hour” procedure that provides many benefits:
- reduces or eliminates fine facial lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging
- improves the appearance of acne scars and other light scarring
- gives skin of all colors and types a fresh, healthy-looking glow
It does all this with virtually no side effects. And because microdermabrasion uses non-allergenic crystals to treat the skin, it is an excellent treatment for skin that is sensitive to chemicals. Microdermabrasion does not present any serious risks when it is performed by a qualified provider. Some people may experience slight skin irritation after microdermabrasion. Since everyone’s skin and health history differ to some degree, the risks and benefits of microdermabrasion must be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Is the Procedure Painful?
The microdermabrasion procedure exfoliates dead cells from the skin’s surface. While it is not painful, the treatment can cause a slight warming sensation as the abrasive crystals gently slough away old and damaged layers of skin. Some patients have likened the experience to having a facial massage.
After a microdermabrasion treatment, the newly revealed layer of skin is usually more sensitive and requires extra protection from the sun. You should not feel uncomfortable, but you should be particularly careful about wearing SPF. Applying moisturiser to hydrate and calm the skin can also prevent any potential irritation.