The Basics

Microdermabrasion, or microderm, is the application of tiny grains that eliminate the surface layers of the skin. It’s typically done to the face, chest, arms, and hands. Most of the action in microdermabrasion takes place on the stratum corneum, the topmost layer of the epidermis. Going any deeper would be painful and would risk permanently embedding the grains in to the skin.

Microderm is one of the most effective anti-aging treatments that clients can get. It softens fine lines and wrinkles, smooths textured skin, decreases the appearance of scarring and pore size, and reduces hyper-pigmentation or age spots. It allows skin care products to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin and build collagen, giving skin its youthful appearance.

The Benefits of Microdermabrasion

The equipment that is used for the procedure is adjusted depending on skin type and condition. This means that people who have sensitive skin can still have this treatment. Procedures are generally about 30 minutes and there isn’t any down-time for the skin to recover. It is recommended that after the treatment, patients don’t exercise vigorously and that there isn’t much sun exposure. Wear sunscreen even if it is cloudy.



Q: Is Microdermabrasion suitable for me?

If your skin has superficial acne scars, large pores, age spots, fine wrinkles or coarse textured skin, you would be an ideal candidate for microderm. It is beneficial for all skin types and colors. Talk to a specialist about your medical conditions that may make microdermabrasion unsuitable for you.

Q: How many treatments are required?

To achieve the best results, it is recommended to have several treatments. Your esthetician will recommend the number that is most appropriate for your skin type and condition, typically these are six treatments about 10-14 days apart. Major changes are obvious after the fifth session, even though most patients say they observed improvements after the first two.

Q: Does it hurt?

Microdermabrasion treatment is painless. There have been reports of itchiness or stinging when the micro crystals touched the skin. There may be some discomfort initially, but after several minutes it isn’t noticeable. Skin may appear a little pinkish in the first 24 hours, but you should not experience any itchiness or pain.

Q: When do Microdermabrasion results become visible?

Many patients saw changes after the initial treatments, but it depends on the skins condition and the microdermabrasion equipment that is used for the procedure. Your skin will look cleaner and healthier after several treatments but the major changes, like reduction of wrinkles, usually are visible after four or five treatments.

After a complete series of micro dermabrasion treatments, you may want to keep your skin looking smooth and younger by scheduling a single maintenance treatment session about every 3 months.

Q: What should I expect after treatment?

Clients will receive a hydrating and moisturizing sunscreen after the treatment to prevent any sun damage to the treated area. There may be some redness on the treated areas, but that will disappear after several hours. Skin may feel dry, like a sunburn, for the first 24 hours after the treatment. It’s important to use moisturizer during the first few days and avoid sun exposure for at least a week. It is also recommended to avoid using full-face make up, liquid and pressed powder.

Q: Are There Any Microdermabrasion Contraindications?

Microdermabrasion isn’t recommended for anyone suffering from keratosis, undiagnosed lesions, active rosacea or acne, weeping acne, diabetes, auto-immune disorders, fragile capillaries, eczema, dermatitis, or psoriasis. Recent laser surgery or Accutane acne treatment may also be sound reasons for your doctor not to recommend microdermabrasion. Always discuss your medical history with your doctor.

Q: What can’t Microdermabrasion do?

Microdermabrasion can’t reduce the appearance of sever scarring or deep spotted areas. It works well on the top layer of the skin, so it cannot reconstruct the epidermis like laser surgery or dermabrasion treatment can. Don’t expect microdermabrasion to remove tattoos, make darker pigmented areas disappear or treat severe burn scars.

Q: What Is the Difference Between Microdermabrasion And Dermabrasion?

Dermabrasion uses a power driver hand-held device that removes the top layers of the skin. It may need an anesthetic, depending on the treated area. It could take a few minutes of two hours, all depending on the depth and the area of the resurfacing. After the treatment, the skin is often red, swollen and very sensitive for about 10 days. This treatment offers visible improvement by treating deep wrinkles, scars, and hyperpigmentation.

As previously mentioned, microdermabrasion is less invasive. It can be performed at home or in a doctor’s office. The doctor will use a hand-held device that sprays and circulates a high-pressure flow of aluminum oxide crystal onto the skin. The crystals and dead skin cells are vacuumed back into the device so the skin is clean and smooth.

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