What is microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a popular and non-invasive treatment, which uses a machine or device to deeply exfoliate the skin and restore its natural glow. The most requested microdermabrasion treatment is for the complexion of the face and neck, but a specialist can perform the procedure on any area of the skin.
Microdermabrasion can also be referred to as “microderm” and should not be confused with dermabrasion, which is an invasive surgical procedure performed typically by dermatologists or plastic surgeons under local or general anaesthesia.
How does microdermabrasion work?
Microdermabrasion works by pulling blood flow to the surface of the skin for increased circulation, which sloughs away dead skin cells and accelerates its natural turnover rate. Because your skin renews every 30 days, the effects of a microdermabrasion treatment will decrease after this length of time has passed.
Is microdermabrasion safe?
If performed properly by a trained professional, microdermabrasion has minimal side effects. However, if performed incorrectly (e.g., prolonged use of high-pressure settings), bruising or pinpoint bleeding may be visible. However, scarring and infection from microdermabrasion is considered rare.
Is a microderm worth it?
The average cost of a professional treatment is $100 per session. Seeing as it is an affordable professional treatment with a fairly low cost, it is worth it if you want a non-invasive treatment that can transform the overall look and feel of your skin.
What are the benefits of microdermabrasion?
- Can improve conditions on the surface of your skin such as early photodamage (sun damage), wrinkles, age spots, blackheads, enlarged pores, acne and superficial scarring.
- Is non-invasive and considered relatively painless.
- Microdermabrasion has advantages of low risk and rapid recovery compared to the other more invasive resurfacing treatments such as dermabrasion, chemical peeling, and laser resurfacing.
Before a microdermabrasion treatment
- Do not use retinol or other exfoliating creams one to three days prior to your treatment.
- Avoid sun tanning or spray tanning at least one week before a treatment.
- You must not have recently had laser surgery or had a recent chemical peel or other skin procedure, such as cosmetic injections. If you have, you should wait two to three weeks before your microdermabrasion treatment.
- Refrain from waxing or tanning the skin to be treated for a few weeks prior to your microdermabrasion treatment.
- Wash your face and neck with a gentle cleanser (non-soap based) before each scheduled treatment.
How often should you have microdermabrasion?
For the best results, having about 6 to 12 sessions in combination with sunscreen (and other skincare creams) and avoiding the sun will yield optimal results. Typically, you should have a microdermabrasion treatment every 2 to 4 weeks, which is going to help you maintain your results and keep that skin glowing.
Aftercare for Microdermabrasion
- Your skin may feel sensitive and appear red after the treatment for a few hours, but that will subside.
- Avoid using hot water, use cold water on the first day.
- Use mineral based makeup in the first two days after your treatment.
- Avoid prolonged sun exposure and protect your skin from the sun with a broad spectrum SPF 50+
- You may experience dryness or flakiness, which is not uncommon. Keep your skin moisturised with an antioxidant and peptides-rich cream or serum.
Microdermabrasion treatments have been around since the 80s, yet it is still one of the top highly requested treatments provided by salons and clinics all around the world. It is fair to say that its popularity boils down to microdermabrasion treatments working instantly, being affordable and producing highly satisfying results.