What is Microdermabrasion?
Is it cure? Is it a miracle? Is it plastic surgery? Microdermabrasion is an of f ice procedure that skin
procedure f or those with mild acne, pock marks, discoloration, and superf icial acne scars. With no
side ef f ects and little downtime, microdermabrasion brightens and tightens skin without the
chemical peeling and resurf acing processes in surgical dermabrasion.
An “adult” procedure?
Microdermabrasion is available to those between the ages of 12 and 65. Children under 12 require
the care of a dermatologist or plastic surgeon, and those over 70 may bruise their thinner skin.
Under whose care?
Doctors and doctors of dermatology can perf orm microdermabrasion, as can plastic surgeons.
But, it can also be perf ormed by a trained physician’s assistant, nurse, aesthetician, or skin spa.
The treatment should be administered by an experienced certif ied practitioner.
What to expect during?
Clients are advised to discontinue retinoids, alpha hydroxy acid,
salicylic acid, and benzoyl peroxide f or at least two days
Microdermabrasion is basically a process of exf oliation. The
procedure is non-invasive with little risk of inf ection.
Candidates need only remove makeup bef ore or when reporting
f or the treatment.bef ore treatment. They should also avoid
waxing, tweezing, f acials, and electrolysis as well as laser,
BOTOX, or collagen treatments f or seven days in advance.
The provider will explain the procedure and demonstrate the
tools involved. The treatment removes dead surf ace skin cells
with a machine that sandblasts the skin to initiate cellular
rejuvenation. A machine uses a wand directed at the skin
surf ace in one of two methods.
A Crystal Method sprays f ine aluminum oxide crystals
onto the skin while simultaneously vacuuming away the used crystals and dead skin cells.
A Diamond Method employs a diamond-tipped wand to sand the skin and suction of f the
skin debris. This diamond method avoids the chemicals that can irritate the respiration if
taken in near the nose or mouth.
There is little pain and no anesthesia. The slow thorough treatment takes between 30 minutes
and an hour. And, skin is f resh and glowing immediately af ter the treatment, ready to apply
moisture and light makeup bef ore returning to work or the daily routine.
What to expect after?
Microdermabrasion treats the surf ace of the skin with the the procedure removing dead skin cells,
stimulating circulation, and revitalizing collagen.Treatments reduce sun damage and aging,
wrinkles and f ine lines, as well as some acne conditions and scarring. The most obvious changes
are f ound in skin elasticity and glow. But, results can depend on the f requency of treatments,
the spray level, or the coarseness of the diamond tip.
The “new” skin requires sunscreen, moisturizer, and a f acial regimen that avoids harsh chemicals
and perf umes f or the ten or so days it takes f or the skin to healed f ully.
Do not touch f ace.
Avoid skin care products other than those recommended by the practitioner.
Cool irritated skin with cool water or cold pack.
Report sensitivity if it last more than two days.
The specialist will provide complete directions on home care and f ollow-up. Microdermabrasion
does not irritate like dermabrasion or chemical-peels. It does not require the same recovery time,
and these benef its and its moderate price may explain its wide spread popularity.