What is Microdermabrasion Treatment

What is Microdermabrasion Treatment – Overview

Most, if not all, people want beautiful and healthy skin. That is why cosmetic facial treatments like laser skin resurfacing and chemical peels are gaining popularity.

Suppose you are looking to rejuvenate your skin for a more radiant look. In that case, you may have considered microdermabrasion, which is quite understandable as the treatment exfoliates the skin and improves its general look and feel.

However, since microdermabrasion is gentler than other skin treatments, you may wonder whether it will deliver the results you are looking for.

What you need to know about the treatment before you decide to pay for a session is here, then.

What is Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion involves using a device that sprays fine particles or uses a diamond tip across the skin. It gently removes the outer layer of skin, promoting the growth of new, healthier skin.

Microdermabrasion typically takes about 30 minutes to an hour and is minimally uncomfortable. According to most people who have had it, it feels like gentle scratching on the skin.

How Does It Benefit Your Skin

As already mentioned, microdermabrasion works by exfoliating the skin. The level of exfoliation is much deeper when done by a professional than when you use a DIY kit.

Microdermabrasion stimulates the skin’s healing process, promoting the production of new skin cells and collagen without the brain interpreting the process as an injury in the traditional sense.

Microdermabrasion can improve blood flow to the skin and may help to stimulate collagen production, contributing to skin rejuvenation.

Microdermabrasion can help improve the appearance of enlarged pores, light scarring, fine lines, and dark spots, but its effectiveness on deeper wrinkles and scars is limited.

What Happens After

Microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive procedure and you will be pleased to learn that there is close to no downtime involved.

The only thing you would probably have to worry about is a bit of tenderness and redness on the treated area for a day or two after the procedure.

That said, you should protect your skin by following several steps after the treatment. These include avoiding the sun and using sunscreen regardless of whether you go outside.

Is It for Everyone

While microdermabrasion is generally safe for many skin types, individuals with certain skin conditions like active rosacea, acne, or sensitive skin should consult a dermatologist before treatment.

If you have swelling on your face, cold sores, sunburn, or an infection, you may want to wait until your skin is clear before getting the treatment.

How Does It Compare to Dermabrasion

Dermabrasion is also another skin exfoliating treatment and you may be wondering what the difference between the two is.

Well, you can think of microdermabrasion as a milder version of dermabrasion. That is because dermabrasion is more penetrates the skin deeper and is, therefore, more invasive.

Dermabrasion is typically performed under local anesthesia, possibly combined with sedation. You may also note that recovering after a dermabrasion session takes longer.

Recovery time from dermabrasion can vary, but it generally takes 7 to 10 days for the skin to heal sufficiently to return to normal activities.

Since dermabrasion penetrates deeper into the skin, it is likely to produce more dramatic results than microdermabrasion.

Is It Worth It

In the end, the question remains: Is microdermabrasion worth it? The answer is relative, depending on what you expect to get from the treatment and the time you are willing to give it.

This is because, even though each session is short, you may have to go through several sessions to get the results you want.

Moreover, because it is a minimally invasive treatment, it may not be as beneficial for people who want to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles on their skin.

Final Thoughts

If you have acne scars or dark spots or have begun noticing signs of aging, you may want to consider microdermabrasion. However, it is a mild procedure and may take time to deliver fast results.

If you want more dramatic and faster results, dermabrasion or microneedling may be better.

See Also

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Current Version
April 1, 2024
Updated By
Andleeb Asghar, PharmD
November 18, 2021
Written By
Shubham Grover

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