What to know about microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure. It involves a skin care specialist removing the top layer of skin with a small hand-held device.
Microdermabrasion can exfoliate the skin, reduce signs of aging, and make the skin appear more even. The procedure is safe a person with any skin color.

What is microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion can reduce the signs of aging.
The aim is to make the skin appear younger.
The procedure should not be painful. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) estimate that it takes 30–40 minutes for the face and 20 minutes for the neck. Afterward, there may be slight swelling or sunburn-like symptoms for a few days.
Before seeing reduced signs of aging, a person may require between 5 and 16 treatments from a skin care therapist.
People can have treatments weekly, every 2 weeks, or monthly, depending on their skin type and the reason for treatment.
The results are not permanent.

Microdermabrasion vs. dermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is less invasive than dermabrasion.
Dermabrasion uses more intensive methods to remove the top layer of skin. A Medical Aesthetician may recommend dermabrasion for acne scars, scars from accidents or surgery, or to remove tattoos.
Dermabrasion is only suitable for people with fair skin. Microdermabrasion can be suitable for people with any skin color.

People who have taken the acne medicine isotretinoin in the past 6 months may need to wait before having microdermabrasion. They have an increased risk of complications such as scarring.

Speak to a Medical Aesthtician about any spot or patch of skin that is growing, bleeding, or changing in any way. These issues can indicate skin cancer.

skin swelling ,skin redness, similar to sunburn ,bruising ,a burning or stinging sensation ,increased sensitivity of the skin to sunlight
After the procedure, use sun protection. This will help to ensure the best results and reduce the risk of side effects. Microdermabrasion may not be suitable for people who scar easily or have cold sore breakouts.

Most people do not need time to recover after microdermabrasion. If a person does experience side effects, they tend to disappear after a few days.
In the majority of people, the skin will recover enough for another microdermabrasion session within a week.
This is to ensure that the person’s skin is suitable for microdermabrasion and that they are not likely to experience complications. They will also tell the person how to deal with any side effects that may arise.