What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion remains one of the most popular services employed in both medical and day spas. In the most commonly used method of microdermabrasion, a wand sprays fine crystals across the skin while dead cells are vacuumed off using a small suction device attached to the wand. Some compare the process to mild “sandblasting” of the skin. The suction stimulation alone boosts blood circulation and revitalizes collagen production, which instigates the regrowth of new younger-looking skin. The degree of exfoliation depends on the number and speed of passes over the skin, level of crystal spray, degree of suction, and the frequency and consistency of treatments.

Who Can Benefit from Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion can be helpful to treat aging and sun-damaged skin, altered pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, stretch marks, and some types of acne and acne scarring. Microdermabrasion is especially effective in treating the under eye area and crow’s feet. Because microdermabrasion removes dead surface skin cells and initiates cellular turnover, results may include improved skin tone, reduced visual appearance of aging, fewer breakouts, diminished appearance of scars, refined skin pores, renewed elasticity, and a healthy glow. Microdermabrasion may be recommended for those with chemical sensitivities and can be used on most skin colors and types, although there are some contraindications.

What Should I Expect During Treatment?

One microdermabrasion treatment should take 30 minutes to an hour. There are no side effects, and your skin will look glowing and fresh almost immediately after the treatment. Some more aggressive treatments may cause the skin to look slightly pink and tender for a few hours afterward. You can resume normal activities and apply makeup and moisturizer directly after your microdermabrasion session.

What About Home Care?

Because fresh skin has been newly exposed, it is important to apply sunscreen and to avoid direct sun/tanning booths following your session. Also, avoid products containing harsh chemicals, dyes, or perfumes until the skin has fully healed.