What is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is the exfoliation of the outermost layer of the skin called the corneal layer via a machine suction. It is a low risk and painless procedure, and there is no need for recovery period compared to other, more invasive methods such as dermabrasion or chemical peeling, as it removes only a very superficial layer of the skin and has better results in improving earlier damages from the sun, fine wrinkles, age related stains, acne and superficial scars. The procedure is more often carried out on the face but it can also be on the neck, back, and hands. Some synonyms for this procedure are known to be Microderm, Parisian Peel, Diamond Peel, and Lunch Break Peel.
Because the skin regenerates in an interval of approximately 30 days, it is beneficial to repeat the procedure every two to four weeks to have better results.
Who is a good candidate for Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is useful for persons struggling with:
– moderate acne;
– stains and post acne scars;
– superficial scars;
– earlier and medium sun damages.
What is the appropriate age for microdermabrasion?
There are no limits regarding the age but usually the procedure is applied starting from children above 12 years of age to adults up to 65.
How often can you do microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion can be done as often as every week up to every four to eight weeks, depending on skin tolerance and desired results. In general, one can undergo the procedure every week for three consecutive weeks and then proceed with a monthly maintenance regime.
What results should one expect from microdermabrasion?
After the microdermabrasion procedure, the skin is softer, smoother, fresher and has a rejuvenated look.
Does microdermabrasion help with the post acne scars?
Microdermabrasion can be very helpful for people experiencing active acne problems, post acne hyperpigmentation, superficial scars and upraises due to acne. Dermatologists use microdermabrasion to open the pores. Often times this procedure is combined with peeling and glycolic acid to help opening the pores and cleaning out the acnes in order to accelerate the acne recovery process. Persons struggling with deep acne scars can opt for dermabrasion or laser.
Facts regarding microdermabrasion:
– Microdermabrasion is an easy, quick, painless cosmetic procedure of minimal risk.
– Microdermabrasion uses a mechanical medium to exfoliate the skin’s outermost layer composed of dead skin cells.
– Microdermabrasion uses fine crystals or diamond flakes to corrode the skin and vacuum to suck the dead cells.
– Microdermabrasion has low risk and fast recovery period.
– Microdermabrasion is a painless procedure and does not require needle anaesthesia.
Moreover, microdermabrasion helps in improving:
– skin appearance by reducing fine wrinkles;
– earlier and medium sun damages;
– stains and superficial acne scars;
– appearance of enlarged pores.
Microdermabrasion does not help deep wrinkles or deep acne scars.
After the procedure, the skin is visibly:
– rejuvenated; and
– more efficient in absorbing various moisturisers.
To obtain optimal results, the procedure can be repeated every four weeks. Microdermabrasion is not a laser procedure.