What is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a form of exfoliation but at a more intense level. Instead of using a regular scrub or a face peel, you could opt for microdermabrasion for a stronger exfoliation. Microdermabrasion uses minute crystalline particles to exfoliate the skin. Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure. Depending on the technology and the instrument used, the way microdermabrasion is done might vary.
Why choose microdermabrasion?
- Chemical peels might not be suggested for those who are under any special medication. Microdermabrasion might be a better choice for them.
- Microdermabrasion can be used to treat dull skin, acne and acne scars and discoloration on the skin.
- It can also help in reducing the fine lines and wrinkles to some extent.
- Microdermabrasion is great for those with large pores.
- It can prevent early signs of aging.
- It decreases dark spots and blemishes.
- It is a great way to exfoliate to help other skin treatment products enter the skin easily. This is because it unclogs the pores.
There are many types of microdermabrasion tools available in the market. It is always wise to get the microdermabrasion done by a professional after you consult with your dermatologist.
The microdermabrasion tool is pointy. It releases a jet of minute crystals. These are mostly crystals of sodium bicarbonate, aluminum oxide or sodium chloride. These crystals work on removing the dead cells and dust from the stratum corneum. The stratum corneum is the outermost layer of skin that is exposed.
The microdermabrasion tool comes with a suction mechanism. This stretches and pulls out a small area of skin. The crystals work in this area. Then the removed dead cells and impurities are collected.
Microdermabrasion kits come either with a combination device that does both the functions or separate ones. There might be a separate device that sends out the crystal and one for collecting the impurities.
Is microdermabrasion safe?
Overall, the microdermabrasion procedure is safe. It doesn’t involve any harsh chemicals. It only works on the epidermis, which is the outer layer of the skin. It doesn’t penetrate to the dermis or the inner layer. This makes this treatment superficial and safe in most cases.
After effects of microdermabrasion:
Microdermabrasion is a safer option in comparison to chemical peels. But if not done the right way, microdermabrasion can have certain negative impacts:
- If the vacuum tool is not used the right way, you might get blemishes after the treatment.
- The area around the lips is very sensitive. If the procedure is done in this area, it should be done carefully. It might leave bruises if not done right.
- Microdermabrasion should never be done on the eyelids.
- The skin might appear tight after the treatment.
- Skin might become sensitive.
- There might be mild inflammation and redness.
- In worst cases, there might be bleeding from the bruises.
Before you consider microdermabrasion:
Understand what the procedure is and what to expect before and after the treatment. Get the microdermabrasion procedure done by an expert. Skin care after the treatment is very important. The skin becomes sensitive after a microdermabrasion session. It is essential to protect your skin from sunlight. Check with your aesthetician for the skin care regime to follow after the procedure.