What is microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive procedure that gently exfoliates the skin to diminish signs of aging. It works on all skin types and colors.
Most patients need a series of treatments (once every week or once every two weeks) for the skin complexion to appear smoother, brighter, and more even in color. The results tend to be temporary as the skin continues to age. Follow-up treatments are usually necessary to help retain the results.
Microdermabrasion is less aggressive than dermabrasion where a high-speed instrument with an abrasive wheel or brush is used to remove the outer layers of the skin.
Types of microdermabrasion
- Tiny crystals (from a hand held device) are sprayed onto the skin to gently remove the outer layer of the skin. Vacuum suction is used to remove dead skin cells.
- Minute diamond-studded tips (in a hand held device) are used to abrade the skin, and again, vacuum suction is used to remove dead skin cells.
- Abrasive cream and a tool for application.
- Abrasive scrub.
- A cloth made of tightly woven microfibers abrade the skin and remove surface cells to achieve the result of skin resurfacing.
Microdermabrasion may be helpful for several skin conditions
- Dull skin or complexion.
- Uneven skin tone or texture.
- Age spots.
- Dark spots that can appear when acne starts to clear.
- Melasma (a common skin problem that causes brown patches, usually on the face).
It is not effective for deeper problems such as:
- Stretch marks
- Deep acne scars
Advantages over other skin resurfacing methods
Microdermabrasion has the advantages of low risk and rapid recovery compared to the other more invasive resurfacing methods such as dermabrasion, chemical peeling, and laser resurfacing.
See a dermatologist before getting microdermabrasion done if you:
- Scar easily.
- Are taking (or have taken within the past 6 months) the acne medicine isotretinoin which is prescribed to treat severe acne.
- Have cold sore breakouts.