Microdermabrasion: Benefits and What to Expect
Despite newer cosmetic procedures, microdermabrasion remains a popular cosmetic treatment option in the beauty world since it gained traction in the 1990s. It can be an autonomous treatment or combined with other skin care treatments to enhance the health of your skin.
Microdermabrasion is a dermatological procedure commonly performed by a dermatologist or esthetician to gently exfoliate the old, dead surface skin and reveal new, healthier skin below without risking scarring or painful side effects of microdermabrasion. Exfoliating dead skin cells help stimulate a healing response, increasing collagen production. Also, this general skin rejuvenation makes it ideal for regular facial treatment.
Prior to the treatment procedure, the dermatologist will thoroughly evaluate your skin condition to ensure safety and your desired results. Microdermabrasion treatment is safe for most skin types and colours. It only takes about 30 minutes to rejuvenate the appearance and health of your skin quickly and painlessly.
Aesthetic Benefits of Microdermabrasion
The removal of dead facial skin cells can have numerous benefits, especially when you get microdermabrasion treatment regularly.
Here are some of the most common benefits that come with microdermabrasion.
Unlike other forms of exfoliating methods, microdermabrasion does not require the use of anesthesia or numbing agents. Although you may notice skin redness for several days after the treatment, the skin healing process does not prevent you from resuming your everyday routine.
Acne is a common skin woe that affects people of all ages. Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive solution for people who want to achieve a clear and blemish-free complexion. It helps treat mild to moderate acne conditions by removing dead skin cells buildup that clogged the pores. Other people use microdermabrasion to help smoothen and reduce the appearance of acne scarring.
Some people may notice the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as early as their 20s or 30s. Microdermabrasion can help get rid of the first signs of aging and make your skin look firmer and more youthful.
A facial microdermabrasion treatment session only takes less than an hour, making it ideal for busy people who want to enhance their skin without taking too much of their time. You can schedule a quick appointment during lunch breaks or in between appointments.
Washing your skin does not fully guarantee the removal of makeup and environmental pollutants. Even using at-home skincare products does not completely treat sun-damaged skin. Microdermabrasion stimulates healthy skin cell turnover by exfoliating the top layer of the skin to reveal a new healthy skin cell layer.
Microdermabrasion is also an ideal treatment for hyperpigmentation (also referred to as melasma or any type of age spots or dark patches on the skin). A 2012 study showed that the combination of microdermabrasion and laser therapy resulted in a significant improvement in skin tone. Professional dermatologists recommend topical vitamin C and laser therapy as complementary treatments for microdermabrasion.
External factors, such as skin inflammation and poor hygiene, can exacerbate the size of your pore. Microdermabrasion offers a remedy to enlarged pores by clearing the blockage and treating inflamed skin cells to help you achieve a smoother complexion and better skin tone.
Many people do not realize that microdermabrasion has the same efficacy as topical treatments, such as tretinoin cream, in treating stretch marks. The stimulation of cell turnover enables the skin to heal quickly. This is why it is extremely effective in helping the early appearance of stretch marks.
While you can quickly notice the visible microdermabrasion results after the procedure, it may take about 4 to 6 microdermabrasion sessions to achieve the desired results depending on your specific skin condition. Severe photodamaged skin and other types of skin problems may take as long as 16 treatments.
In addition to reducing fine lines and wrinkles, pore size, skin dullness, and pigmentation, microdermabrasion leaves your skin brighter and less sallow after multiple treatment sessions.
How to Prep for Treatment
Since it is a non-invasive treatment, you only need little preparation before and after microdermabrasion. However, here are some tips to ensure that you will get the desired results possible:
Before the procedure, make sure your skin is free of makeup and creams. If you are wearing skin products, wash your face thoroughly with water and soap to remove them.
Protect your skin from the sun for several days prior to your treatment session to avoid sunburns.
Avoid waxing and shaving for up to a week before the procedure to ensure reduce the risk of skin irritation and infection of the pores.
If you have had other skin treatment procedures, such as chemical peel, wait for several weeks to enable your skin to recover before getting microdermabrasion.
It is best to avoid smoking for a week before the procedure to ensure good blood flow to the treatment area(s).
What to Expect After Treatment
Your skin will appear red-pink, which will eventually fade the following day or so after your first microdermabrasion procedure. However, the redness might linger several more days if you have had a more aggressive treatment.
Also, you might feel as if your skin is exposed to prolonged sunlight or extreme wind. However, the sensation will quickly fade away.
During the recovery period, you will immediately notice the improvements in your skin. However, optimal results can only be visible upon the completion of the recommended number of microdermabrasion treatments.
Applying acne treatment, medicated cleansers, and toners after the treatment can trigger burning or stinging sensations on your skin. Avoid using them for a day. However, you can apply moisturizers, makeup, and non-medicated cleansers right after microdermabrasion with no problems.
Also, you need to apply sunscreen on the treated areas to prevent sun damage following the treatment.
If you are looking to get microdermabrasion, call Monterella Spa and Boutique. You can reach us at (905) 844-4343 to learn more about our facial package in Oakville. Experience unparalleled pampering at the best beauty spa near you!