Microdermabrasion uses an applicator with an abrasive surface that gently smoothens the thick outer layer of the skin. It is considered safe but must be performed by a certified and experienced doctor. The type of procedure depends on the specific device used such as a
- Diamond-tip handpiece that is designed to exfoliate and absorb simultaneously.
- Crystal microdermabrasion entails the emission of fine crystal, spraying as it rubs away the outer layers of the skin while a suction will then absorb the dead skin immediately.
- Hydradermabrasion as the name suggests entails the use of water and oxygen to cleanse, exfoliate, and hydrate the skin. Maximizing blow flow and stimulate collagen production.
It is a non-invasive treatment with minimal preparation. Your doctor may advise you to avoid sun exposure and certain creams prior to the treatment. On the day of the procedure, remove all makeup and cleanse your face thoroughly. It may not be necessary to use any anesthesia or numbing cream. Upon commencement, a handheld device will be used to gently spray on the particles of sand away the outer layer of skin for the area being treated. Once completed, a moisturizer, as well as a sunscreen, may be applied to your skin.
Through the process, while it may sound painful, it isn’t so bad as it sounds. Some people would say that feeling is more like a rough lick across your face.
Do expect some slight tenderness, swelling, and redness but should go away within hours of the treatment. Minor bruising may also occur.
There is little to no downtime and normal activity may be resumed almost immediately. Do check with your professional doctor for advice.
It is best to keep the skin hydrated and use gentle products. Do avoid topical acne medications for at least 24 hours and keep your skin protected from the sun as it can be more prone to sensitivity following the treatment. Expect to see results immediately after the procedure.
Multiple sessions may be needed depending on your condition and skin as well as your expectations. Your doctor will be able to design an optimal plan for every individual.
Possible complications could include
- increased sensitivity to the sun
- cold sores outbreak
- Abrasion on the skin
- dry/flaking skin