Microdermabrasion, also referred to as the “lunch time” procedure, is a popular procedure which is classified as light, or very superficial dermabrasion. Motorized dermabrasion employs the use of a motorized diamond cylinder. This method employs tiny crystals which are sprayed onto the skin and immediately sucked up along with dead skin cells. Superficial dermabrasion removes portions of the epidermis. The method is based on cytogenesis, where cells are produced upwards from the basis therefore cells are continuously replaced. The uppermost layer is exposed to effects from the environment, the weather and mechanical impacts, causing lesions. In case this damaged layer is left on the skin surface, it does not allow the air and other necessary materials to reach the deeper layers. This is what microdermabrasion can solve since it helps to remove dead epidermal layers making the skin permeable and as a result, cosmetics can easily reach the deeper layers to nourish the skin.
Dermabrasion has been proven to improve the cosmetic appearance of the skin. After treatment many patients report that their skin feels smoother. It is used to treat acne scars, dyschromias (discolorations), and general “rejuvenation” (wrinkles, sun damages). It is also popular because it is painless and there is no recovery time after the procedure.
Not everyone is a good candidate for dermabrasion. Those with active acne, infections, and other scarring skin conditions may need treatment before undergoing dermabrasion. You and your physician need to decide if dermabrasion is the right procedure for you.
Microdermabrasion is safe on any skin color or type.Microdermabrasion is effective in the treatment of
- age spots,
- operation scars,
- damage caused by light or the sun,
- change in skin colour caused by smoking.
What is microdermabrasion used for?
Most patients report improvement in acne scars, uneven skin color, and skin texture. Patients like the fact that makeup goes on more smoothly after microdermabrasion.
What does microdermabrasion feel like?
During the micrdermabrasion treatment, tiny crystals are sprayed out and vacuumed up through a hand piece. There may be some mild discomfort, described by some as similar to an emery board against the skin. Some patients report that the experience is similar to a facial massage.
How long does microdermabrasion take?
Normally, microdermabrasion takes between ten and thirty minutes, depending on the area being treated.
How many treatments will I need?
On average, 5-9 microdermabrasion treatments, spaced one week apart, are required. Most people who use microdermabrasion require a maintenance program to maintain the effects.
How long do the results last?
Typically, the microdermabrasion results last a few months.
What are the risks of microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is safe. There may be facial redness for about an hour after the procedure but no recovery time is required.