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Microdermabrasion: What It Helps & What You Need To Know

Are you looking for a way to improve your skin’s appearance?

Microdermabrasion may be the answer. This cosmetic procedure uses a combination of negative pressure and a gentle abrading surface to remove old skin cells, stimulate new growth, and reveal the healthier layers beneath.

This guide will cover everything you need to know about microdermabrasion, including what it is, how it works, what to expect, and more. Keep reading to learn more.

What Is Microdermabrasion?

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Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure that uses a mechanical device to exfoliate the skin deeply. It is often used to address skin concerns such as acne, roughness, dullness, and poor circulation. The procedure removes the outermost layer of dead skin cells, revealing the newer, healthier layers beneath.

How Does Microdermabrasion Work?

A microdermabrasion procedure is usually performed using a handheld device with a diamond-coated tip. The esthetician will move the device across your skin in a controlled manner. As the diamond tip moves across your skin, it gently abrades the surface. This action will loosen and remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells.

What Happens During a Microdermabrasion Treatment?

Before starting the procedure, your esthetician will cleanse your skin and apply a topical numbing cream (if desired). They will then pass the microdermabrasion device back and forth across your skin. The length of the microdermabrasion session will depend on the size of the area being treated. Most treatments take 30 minutes or less.

After microdermabrasion, your skin may be pink or red. This is normal and should resolve within a few hours. Your esthetician may also apply a hydrating moisturiser or mask at the end of the treatment to help soothe your skin.

It’s important to note that microdermabrasion is not a one-time treatment. Most people need 4-6 sessions spaced 3-4 weeks apart for the best results. Maintenance treatments are also recommended every few months after that to keep your skin looking its best.

Benefits of Microdermabrasion

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There are plenty of benefits to getting microdermabrasion treatments, which is why this procedure has become so popular in recent years. In addition to being a minimally invasive procedure and requiring no recovery time, microdermabrasion has many other benefits.

Improve the Appearance of Fine Lines and Wrinkles

As we age, fine lines and fine wrinkles appear on our skin. Microdermabrasion can help improve the appearance of these signs of aging by removing the top layer of skin where these imperfections are most visible.

Minimise the Appearance of Pores

Enlarged pores can give your skin an uneven texture. Microdermabrasion can help unclog and reduce pores’ appearance, resulting in a smoother complexion.

Reduce Age Spots, Sun Damage, and Irregular Pigmentation

If you have sun damage or age spots, microdermabrasion can help by removing the top layer of skin where these blemishes reside. It will help to improve your darkened skin and overall skin tone for a more youthful appearance.

Improve Acne Scars and Other Scarring

Acne scars can be difficult to get rid of. But with diamond microdermabrasion, you can help improve their appearance by evening out the texture of your skin.

Control Blackheads and Whiteheads

Excess oil and dirt can block pores and lead to blackheads and whiteheads. You can help keep these blemishes at bay by regularly exfoliating with microdermabrasion.

Help Reduce Superficial Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation is when certain areas of your skin become darker than others. This condition is usually caused by sun exposure or hormone changes. Microdermabrasion can help to lighten these darkened areas for a more even complexion.

Stimulate Collagen Production

Collagen is a protein that gives our skin its elasticity and strength. As we age, our body’s collagen production slows down, leading to wrinkles and sagging skin. But with microdermabrasion, you can help stimulate collagen production for firmer, younger-looking skin.

It Is Gentle Enough for All Skin Types

Whether you have sensitive skin or not, microdermabrasion can be tailored to your specific needs to work well with your skin type!

Risks Associated With Microdermabrasion

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While microdermabrasion can offer many benefits, there are also some risks involved. It’s important to be aware of these risks before undergoing the procedure to make an informed decision about whether or not it’s right for you. If you have any questions or concerns, discuss them with your aesthetician before the procedure.

Skin irritation: The exfoliation process can irritate the skin, causing redness, swelling, and itching. It is usually temporary and will go away within a few days.

Infection: There is a small risk of infection with any cosmetic procedure. This can usually be avoided by working with a qualified and experienced aesthetician.

Scarring: There is also a risk of scarring, though this is usually only an issue for people with very sensitive skin. If you are concerned about scarring, discuss it with your aesthetician before the procedure.

Haemorrhage: There is a very small risk of haemorrhage (bleeding) with microdermabrasion. Again, this is usually only an issue for people with very sensitive skin.

Changes in skin colour: Some people may experience changes in their skin colour after microdermabrasion. It is more common in people with darker skin tones.

Allergic reactions: People with allergies may be at risk for allergic reactions to the ingredients in the microdermabrasion products. Be sure to discuss any allergies you have with your aesthetician before the procedure.

Final Thoughts

Microdermabrasion effectively improves many common skin concerns. It can help treat acne, roughness, dullness, and poor circulation. The procedure involves using a handheld device with a diamond-coated tip to gently rub the skin’s surface and remove dead skin cells.

Most people need 4-6 sessions spaced 3-4 weeks apart for optimal results. To maintain results, regular maintenance treatments are recommended every few months after that.

Talk to your doctor or esthetician if you’re interested in learning more about microdermabrasion and whether they might be right for you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does Microdermabrasion Hurt?

Microdermabrasion has become an increasingly popular skin care treatment, but many still wonder if it hurts. The pain associated with microdermabrasion is often much less than other exfoliation procedures, such as chemical peels or laser treatments. It’s also important to note that microdermabrasion works on the outermost layer of skin, which doesn’t typically contain many nerve endings, so pain tends to be minimal.

Generally speaking, individuals should expect to experience a mild pinching or pulling sensations but nothing sufficient to cause adequate pain.

Microdermabrasion is just as effective when used at lower application pressures with minimal patient discomfort. As such, there’s no need for individuals to worry about additional pain to achieve the desired results from this popular skin treatment.

What is the Difference Between Microdermabrasion and Chemical Peels?

Skincare treatments like chemical peels and microdermabrasion can restore the look and feel of healthy skin. But many people don’t know the difference between them.

Chemical peels use acid to exfoliate the skin and remove dead or damaged cells. It helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and acne scars. Unlike chemical peels, microdermabrasion doesn’t involve chemicals; instead, it relies on an abrasive tool to gently buff away dead cells from the skin’s surface. It increases cell turnover rates to promote faster healing while evening out skin tone and texture.

Both treatments can have dramatic results quickly, but they require different approaches depending on individual needs. Chemical peels are best for people whose skin is relatively healthy but showing signs of age or general malaise. In contrast, those with more scarring or sun damage may benefit more from microdermabrasion.
Ultimately, it’s important to consult a qualified skincare professional who can provide advice tailored to your specific needs and circumstances.

Who Should Not Get Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a popular skin treatment that can help with various skin concerns. However, it’s important to know that this treatment is not suitable for everyone and that certain groups should avoid it altogether.

For example, those with fragile, sensitive skin may find the procedure quite painful. Furthermore, anyone with active rosacea, psoriasis or eczema should also look for alternative treatments, as microdermabrasion could worsen their conditions.

Additionally, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it’s best to wait until you’re done before proceeding with any skincare treatment. To ensure optimal results and safety, always consult a specialist to discuss whether microdermabrasion is right for you.

Can You See Results After One Session of Microdermabrasion?

While the effects of microdermabrasion are both immediate and accumulative, you may begin to see results after your first treatment. Immediately following the session, your skin will be smoother, with a more even complexion and improved contours. Additionally, pigmentation issues can start to become less pronounced as a result of corrective skin resurfacing. However, for more pronounced and lasting changes in facial structure and skin tone, it is recommended that several treatments be scheduled over several weeks.

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