What does Microdermabrasion treat?
Microdermabrasion is effective at improving and reducing fine lines, age spots or brown spots, and other superficial skin blemishes. The treatment can also be helpful with oily skin and enlarged pores, blackheads, and some acne scarring. In addition, microdermabrasion stimulates the creation of collagen and cell turnover. Immediately following a microdermabrasion session, the skin will feel smoother and have an improved texture.
Who can be treated?
Microdermabrasion is a safe, common, non-surgical procedure however, there are people who should not have it. People with active herpes (cold sore)lesions, active acne or rosacea, open sores or lesions, dermatitis, psoriasis, people taking Roaccutane (Isotretinoin) within the last 6 months, eczema, and lupus should not have microdermabrasion.
How long does it take?
The typical session for microdermabrasion takes between 10 and 30 minutes. Most patients find it quite a pleasant experience. The microdermabrasion hand piece will be passed over your skin and you will begin to feel a mild scratching as the procedure removes the superficial skin cells. This scratching will soon pass and a vibrating sensation, akin to a massage, will set in. Following the session your skin will feel smoother and tighter and some redness is common for several hours afterwards.
Side effects and risks
Side effects for microdermabrasion are usually temporary and may include swelling and redness for several hours. With devices utilizing suction hand pieces there is a possibility of bruising from the suction, which will usually last several days.
Following any microdermabrasion treatment, it is important to use sunscreen as the skin is usually very sensitive to sun exposure. Also, moisturizing the skin is helpful as the microdermabrasion session will dry the skin temporarily.