So let’s talk about Microdermabrasion. What is it and should you consider giving it a try?
Microderm, as it’s often called for short, is a light cosmetic procedure that uses a mechanical medium for exfoliation to gently remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells from the epidermis. The process has two parts: exfoliating with fine crystals that pass over the skin, and a machine based suction to gently lift up the skin during exfoliation. In short, it’s a process of removing the gunk, and rejuvenating the healthy skin underneath. It greatly reduces fine wrinkles and light scaring, and cleans out clogged pores. It can even correct discoloration and minimize acne.
Does it hurt?
Most find Microdermabrasion painless. There are no needles or anesthetics required and the procedure can be performed comfortably in the salon. The vacuum pressure and speed are adjusted depending on the sensitivity and tolerance of the client’s skin. Microderm is often compared to the feeling of a cat licking the skin- a rough but gentle texture. Makeup and non-irritating creams can usually be applied within a few hours or right after microdermabrasion. Since there is an often immediate increased minor skin sensitivity after microderm, products like glycolic acids, Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Retinoid products or fragranced creams and lotions are typically avoided right after the procedure.
Here’s what to expect:
Most microdermabrasion sessions can last anywhere from 15–60 minutes. Minimal to no recovery time is required after a treatment and most people immediately return to daily activity after a session. A series of treatments is recommended to help diminish the appearance of superficial hyperpigmentation, and photo-damage, as well as diminish fine lines, wrinkles, acne, and shallow acne scars. A further benefit of microderm is enhanced skin penetration by other skin creams and serums. Removing dead skin (startum corneum of the epidermis) will aid in the penetration of skin care products and medications by up to 10-50%. The controlled skin exfoliation will afford make-up and self-tanning products to go on much more smoothly.
What’s the worst that can happen?
Microdermabrasion treatment carries minimal to very few possible side effects or complications. However, some patients may experience temporary mild dryness, sun sensitivity, and rarely temporary bruising or scratches in the area of skin treated.
If you have any further questions or would like to schedule a Microdermabration session. Give us a call! 770-495-1833