Microdermabrasion treatments are a non-surgical way to freshen and rejuvenate the skin on your face. A less aggressive approach than dermabrasion, treatments make use of a minimally abrasive instrument to gently sand the skin, removing the thicker, uneven outer layer.
Microdermabrasion is used to treat light scarring, discoloration and sun damage, and can be used to lessen the appearance of stretch marks, among other conditions.
HOW Does Microdermabrasion Work?
Imagine a very fine sand blaster and you’ll get a picture of how microdermabrasion works. It uses microparticles (older method), or a diamond-tipped wand (What We Use), to slough off the top layer (epidermis) of your skin and stimulate new skin growth.
Each treatment will last about a half hour. You may feel a mild scratching as the procedure removes the superficial skin cells. Additionally, you’ll notice a vibrating sensation akin to a massage. There is also a suction mechanism to lift off the dead skin.
Common Microdermabrasion Results
- Eliminate hyperpigmentation (patches of darkened skin)
- Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
- Reduce or eliminate enlarged pores
- Eliminate age spots and black heads
- Exfoliate your skin, resulting in a refreshed appearance.
- Lessen the appearance of stretch marks
- Treat acne and the scars left by acne
Risks & Recovery
Any discomfort experienced as part of microdermabrasion is usually short-lived. This can include redness and swelling, which should subside within a few hours. Later, you can expect the skin to be flaky and dry for several days.
- Your skin will be more sensitive to sun exposure. Be sure to use a “broad-spectrum, medical-grade” sunscreen, especially immediately following a Microdermabrasion session
- Bruising which can occur from the suction, which may last several days