What Is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is an effective, non-surgical way to get rid of fine wrinkles and sunspots by exfoliating the top layers of the skin. No chemicals or laser beams are used, only aluminum oxide micro-crystals that gently sandblasts skin, leaving it smooth and fresh. Microdermabrasion also stimulates collagen production, helping skin rejuvenate faster than normal. Also called the lunchtime peel, microdermabrasion takes no more than one hour and requires no downtime.
What Does Microdermabrasion Involve?
A nurse or licensed aesthetician cleanses the skin then begins the procedure using a hand-held device. The aluminum oxide or sodium bicarbonate micro-crystal flow is sandblasted through a small tube pressed against the skin which, at the same time, vacuums back dead skin cells and used micro crystals.
The crystal flow starts as soon as the microdermabrasion wand touches the skin. The wand is moved across the entire face slowly so there are no inconsistences in skin texture or color. After microdermabrasion, your skin is soothed with a special nourishing sun blocking cream, allowing you to go back to your daily routine immediately after treatment.
Are the Crystals Safe?
Aluminum oxide and sodium bicarbonate crystals are perfectly safe and non-toxic if ingested. They don’t cause adverse skin reactions and they are not carcinogenic. During microdermabrasion, your eyes are protected by special glasses to prevent micro-crystals from getting in them. The special wands in microdermabrasion machines are designed to vacuum back all micro-crystals released during microdermabrasion. That way, chances of inhaling the aluminum oxide are fairly slim.
How Much Time Does Microdermabrasion Require?
A typical microdermabrasion face treatment takes between 20 and 30 minutes. However, if you want your neck or other parts of the body treated, it may last up to an hour.
How Many Treatments Are Required?
Most doctors suggest 6 to 10 treatments every two weeks with follow-up once every two or three months to maintain the effects.
Will I Experience Any Discomfort During Treatment? Does It Hurt?
Microdermabrasion treatment is painless. Some patients have reported some itchiness when micro-crystals came in contact with their skin. You may feel some discomfort around the eyes, but as microdermabrasion treatment continues, your skin gets used to crystal flow. Your face may appear a little pinkish in the first 24 hours, but you should not experience any itchiness or pain.
How Soon Can I Return To Work?
You can return to work the minute you leave your doctor’s office. If your skin looks reddish, like after a mild sunburn, you can cover it up light make-up.
What are the results?
A: That depends on your skin and the microdermabrasion machine used by your doctor. Some patients reported changes after the first treatment. Your skin will look cleaner and healthier after a few treatments, but major changes (like reduction of wrinkles and scars) become visible after five treatments.
What Should I Expect After Treatment?
You will receive a sunscreen hydrating moisturizer after microdermabrasion, to avoid sun damage after leaving the doctor’s office. Some redness might occur on treated areas, but they generally disappear after a few hours. During the first 24 hours, your skin may feel dry, similarly to effects of a mild wind or sunburn. Use lots of moisturizer during the first few days. Avoid sun exposure for at least a week after the treatment, don’t use any peeling products for the next 3-4 days and avoid full-face make up (liquid foundation or pressed powder).
Are There Any Microdermabrasion Contraindications?
Microdermabrasion is not recommended to keratosis sufferers, people with undiagnosed lesions, active rosacea or acne, weeping acne (stages 3 to 4), diabetes, auto-immune disorders, fragile capillaries, eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis or lupus. Recent laser surgery or Accutane acne treatment may also be sound reasons for your doctor not to recommend microdermabrasion. Discuss your medical history to your doctor if unsure.