Multiple treatments, ranging from chemical peels to laser skin resurfacing, promise to help rejuvenate the skin without the need for surgery. Microdermabrasion is one of these procedures, which exfoliates the skin and improves its overall appearance. Microdermabrasion also known as skin polishing is far less invasive than surgical procedures and even gentler than many other non-invasive skin procedures.
Because it is so gentle, many people wonder if it will be effective or worth the time and money. Its popularity, on the other hand, is a testament to its success. If you're considering microdermabrasion, here's what you should know.
What Happens During a Microdermabrasion Treatment?
Microdermabrasion is sometimes referred to as a "sanding" treatment. During the procedure, the provider uses a diamond-tipped tool to pass over the surface of the facial skin. The wand's tip gently abrades the skin, loosening the surface dead skin cells. A suction device removes skin cells from the surface by sucking them up. Treatment usually takes about a half hour or less. Typically, discomfort is minimal. Some people report that it simply feels like their skin is being gently scratched.
How Can Microdermabrasion Benefit Your Skin?
The treatment works by exfoliating the skin gently. Typically, the level of exfoliation provided by an in-office treatment is much deeper than that provided by an at-home kit or another exfoliation device. The body believes it has been injured when the outer layer of skin cells is removed. That may appear to be a bad thing, but it is necessary for skin renewal. The "injury" stimulates the body to generate new, healthy cells to replace the damaged ones. Exfoliation also improves blood flow to the skin and stimulates collagen production.
What Happens Following Microdermabrasion?
Because the treatment is so minimally invasive, there is almost no downtime. It is normal for the skin to be a little red and tender for a day or so after treatment. Fortunately, this usually goes away after a day or two. People usually return to work or school immediately following treatment.
There are a few things you should do after the procedure to protect your skin. Because the skin will be sensitive, you should avoid sun exposure as much as possible. Avoid spending a lot of time outside and always wear sunscreen, even if you're only going to be outside for a few minutes.
Is Microdermabrasion for Everyone?
Microdermabrasion, like most cosmetic treatments, is not for everyone. If your skin is sensitive or prone to rosacea, you should probably skip the treatment because the exfoliation can be too irritating. If you have active acne, sunburn, cold sores, or other inflammation on your face, you should delay treatment until your skin has healed.
What Is the Difference Between Microdermabrasion and Dermabrasion?
Consider microdermabrasion to be the younger, gentler sibling of dermabrasion. Dermabrasion exfoliates and resurfaces the skin as well. However, it is far more invasive and penetrates much deeper than microdermabrasion. Patients are usually sedated during dermabrasion, and the recovery period is much longer. Some dermatologists suggest up to two weeks off work to allow their skin to heal after a dermabrasion treatment.
Because dermabrasion is a much more in-depth and invasive treatment than microdermabrasion, the results are likely to be more dramatic.
Is Microdermabrasion a Good Investment?
Is microdermabrasion a worthwhile investment for you? It all depends on what kind of results you want and how much time you have to devote to the procedure. While each treatment session is brief, multiple treatments may be required to achieve satisfactory results. Furthermore, because the treatment is so minimally invasive, it may not help people with deep creases and lines, as well as more noticeable signs of ageing.
Published by Dr Niketa Sonavane