Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure that gently exfoliates the skin without any need for anesthetics or convalescence. It’s a quick, painless way to improve the appearance of the skin by minimizing fine lines, mild sun damage and moderate scarring. So, how often should you get a microdermabrasion? While the answer will vary depending on your skin type, most people start with weekly treatments and then scale down to monthly or bimonthly sessions.
What Is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a type of skin exfoliation treatment that uses a machine to spray the flesh with fine crystals. A vacuum then sucks up the crystals and any skin cells that are dislodged by the procedure. Microdermabrasion is considered non-invasive and low risk with a minimal recovery period. In fact, many people get it done on their lunch break and return to work immediately after a session. It’s used to minimize fine lines, age spots, sun damage and superficial scarring of the face, neck, chest, back and hands. Microdermabrasion is considered a far milder treatment than laser resurfacing, dermabrasion or chemical peels.
How Often Should You Get A Microdermabrasion?
The typical schedule for someone just starting with microdermabrasion treatments is to book three or four weekly sessions. Of course, these initial treatments should be monitored to ensure the skin isn’t too sensitive for this type of frequency. If it is, more time should be allowed between treatments. After the initial few sessions, most people scale back to monthly or bimonthly treatments. On average, skin cells regenerate every 30 days which is why it’s advised for treatments to be repeated at these intervals. It’s generally recommended that treatments continue for about a year for optimal results.
What Are The Results Of Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is used to mildly exfoliate the skin which means that the outer layers of skin cells are removed. This generally results in softer, smoother skin with less noticeable lines, discolouration or scarring. Microdermabrasion also encourages collagen production which results in fresher, younger-looking skin. After a treatment, the skin may become slightly pinker, but this usually diminishes within the hour. Some recipients also have the sensation of a mild sunburn for a couple of days after the procedure.