Microdermabrasion, also known as microderm.
Microdermabrasion is a relatively new non-invasive skin resurfacing treatment that works by removing dead skin cells from the top layers of your skin, stimulating collagen production and resulting in healthy, smoother feeling skin. Regular microdermabrasion treatments can help to improve many types of skin blemishes, such as fine lines, sun spots and dull skin. It can also help your skin to absorb moisturizers and creams, making them more effective. Microdermabrasion is a low risk, pain-free skin treatment with relatively low costs.
Microdermabrasion should not to be confused with dermabrasion. Dermabrasion uses a physical instrument to damage the upper layers of the skin so that a new layer of skin forms.
How is it performed?
Microdermabrasions are typically performed in an aesthetic surgeon’s clinic or medical spa, by a licensed skincare professional. There are two methods of microdermabrasion:
- Crystal Microdermabrasion
Crystal microdermabrasion uses a special hand piece that blasts crystals on to the skin’s surface, with a resulting ‘polishing’ effect. Dead skin cells and crystals are either suctioned off during the procedure, or immediately afterwards.
- Diamond-Tip Microdermabrasion
This will use a different specialized hand piece that uses a diamond tip to exfoliate the skin and remove dead cells. Dead cells are suctioned off the skin immediately. This is a very safe procedure, especially for areas around the eyes, as it has more flexibility and accuracy for the practitioner.
If you have a serious skin condition, your plastic surgeon may advise a different treatment. Skin lesions, open sores, herpes breakouts and other medical conditions may require other treatments before having microdermabrasion.
What result can I expect?
Optimal results are usually attained by undergoing several sessions, usually at least 5, over a period of a couple of weeks. You will still be able to notice a ‘glowing’ effect in the days immediately after your microdermabrasion treatment. Repeated treatments are required to maintain the results, as are the aftercare instructions given to you by your surgeon. They will give you details on the normal signs of recovery and how to spot a complication. Remember that everyone has a different body, so your recovery times will be different as well. You should take care to visit your provider regularly for follow ups.
- Immediate result with no downtime, pain or serious side effects
- Improved look of scars, wrinkles and skin spots
- Effective for all skin types and colours
- Cannot help serious skin conditions such as deep acne, active rosacea, eczema or dermatitis
- Requires multiple sessions and maintenance treatments for maximum effectiveness
- Skin may feel sensitive and be sensitive to the sun immediately after treatment
One of the most attractive features of microdermabrasion is that there is minimal downtime and minimal side effects. You may find there is some light swelling and pinkness on your skin, depending on the type of equipment and your sensitivity. This should quickly return to normal with the application of moisturizer and you may return to your everyday activities almost immediately.
You should refrain from any serious or strenuous exercise for at least 24 hours after your treatment. Make sure you apply sunscreen if you are going outside to protect your skin from UV rays. If you notice further redness and swelling or continue to be in intense pain, you should contact your surgeon immediately. It is vital you follow any and all advice given to you by your physician.
Limits & Risks
All surgical procedures have some degree of risk.
Some potential complications of all surgeries are:
- Adverse reaction to anaesthesia
- Hematoma or seroma (an accumulation of blood or fluid under the skin that may require removal)
- Infection and bleeding
- Changes in sensation
- Allergic reactions
- Damage to underlying structures
- Unsatisfactory results that may necessitate additional procedures
- Blood clots in your legs or lungs
There are very few risks associated with microdermabrasion, particularly because of its non-invasive nature. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions that may put you at increased risk you should make sure that your plastic surgeon is aware before the procedure is performed. Remember to check your practitioner’s credentials, as any procedure can be dangerous if performed by an untrained or inexperienced individual.
To keep yourself safe and beautiful, remember to check that there is an appropriate plastic surgeon or dermatologist overseeing the facility where you are having your microdermabrasion treatment.