Microdermabrasion is a popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment that is used to stimulate collagen growth in the skin. It can result in reducing visible wrinkles, clearing away acne scars, evening out skin tone and refreshing dull-looking skin. What happens during the procedure and how long do the effects of a microdermabrasion last? In this article, we answer those questions and more.
What Is Microdermabrasion?
The microdermabrasion procedure uses a handheld wand to discharge a stream of fine crystals onto the skin of the face, neck, back, chest or hands to remove dead skin cells. The wand also contains a vacuum that sucks up the discharged crystals as well as the remnants of the dislodged skin. The removal of the dead skin cells can result in a reduction in wrinkles, age spots and scars. The procedure also stimulates collagen production which can cause the skin to look fresher and younger.
How Long Does Microdermabrasion Last?
For new patients, it’s recommended to undergo the procedure once a week for six to twelve weeks. You’ll begin to notice the effects immediately after each treatment and will become even more noticeable 24 hours after the procedure. Once you’ve gone through the initial series of treatments you’ll notice a slight decline in the effects about a month after your last treatment. This is due to your skin’s regeneration cycle and will be different for everybody. But generally speaking, upkeep sessions are scheduled on a monthly basis to maintain the best results.
What Can You Do To Extend The Effects Of Microdermabrasion?
There are things you can do to extend the effects of your microdermabrasion treatments. Following these suggestions may allow you to go longer between procedures.
Protect Yourself From The Sun
Exposure to sunlight is probably one of the most damaging things that can happen to our skin. Protecting your skin from the sun by using sunscreen and/or protective clothing will go a long way to extending the effects of a microdermabrasion treatment.
Microdermabrasion will enhance the effects of any moisturizers you use. The procedure allows the skin to absorb more moisture and hold onto it for longer. Moisturizing daily will help prolong the effects of your treatment.
While moisturizing will hydrate your skin from the outside, drinking plenty of water will hydrate your skin from the inside. Ensuring you’re drinking enough water will help extend the effects of microdermabrasion treatments.