Microdermabrasion is a clinical exfoliation technique that quickly improves the appearance of your skin. If your skin has become dull or damaged from aging or exposure to the elements, it may be a good time to perform a thorough exfoliation with a series of microdermabrasion treatments.
Using suction and gentle abrasion, microdermabrasion buffs away dead skin cells to improve your complexion. The results are comparable to a light chemical peel. This treatment is very popular because it is simple, there’s no downtime, and it has a low risk of side effects.
Is Microdermabrasion right for you?
Plastic surgeons recommend microdermabrasion for patients who exhibit conditions such as:
- Mild sun damage
- Uneven skin texture
- Dull complexion
It’s an excellent choice for an individual who wants to improve his/her complexion, but doesn’t have the time to recover from a laser treatment or medium depth peel.
How Microdermabrasion Works
There are several microdermabrasion devices currently being used by plastic surgeons, so techniques will vary. In general, the skin is pulled into a handpiece by suction as the physician passes it over the skin. Tiny crystals are sprayed through the device to gently abrade the outer skin layers. The vacuum carries the dead skin cells and crystals into a waste receptacle.
What to Expect After Microdermabrasion
After microdermabrasion, you can return to your routine immediately. Compared to a laser treatment or dermabrasion, the abrasive mechanism of this treatment is very gentle. You can expect a minor improvement with each treatment session. After the series, you should notice a significant improvement in your overall appearance.
The most common side effect of microdermabrasion is mild post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.