With the number of different cosmetic treatments being used by celebrities and civilians growing at a seeming exponential pace, you can’t be blamed if you’re not completely up-to-date on the effects of the various procedures. Microdermabrasion, also known as microderm, may be one of those treatments that you’ve heard of, but aren’t completely familiar with. If you’re wondering what to expect with microdermabrasion, we’ve put together this handy guide for you.
What Is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that involves exfoliating the outer layers of the skin. The procedure can improve skin tone and texture and stimulate skin regeneration. A treatment will typically take about an hour and involve the use of a gentle spray of crystals against the skin combined with a vacuum action that removes the crystals and stimulates the treated areas. Microderm treatments are generally performed in a series of four to six procedures spaced two to four weeks apart.
What To Expect With Microdermabrasion Treatments
Because microdermabrasion is minimally invasive, it doesn’t require any downtime and can be done without interfering with your day-to-day schedule. There’s typically no pain associated with the treatment. There’s no need for anesthesia or any kind of topical numbing or freezing. The treatment is applied using a handheld wand that sprays the crystals onto the skin and suctions them off.
What Are The Effects Of Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion can be used to counter the effects of sun damage and UV ray exposure, wrinkles, acne, discolouration of the skin, enlarged pores, stretch marks and scarring. The procedure exfoliates using tiny crystals to remove a thin layer of skin cells. The suction-effect to remove the crystals also stimulates blood flow at the skin’s surface which bathes the skin cells in nutrients. This increases the development of new collagen and promotes skin elasticity. The skin might be slightly reddened immediately after being treated, but it typically fades within an hour or two. The effects of microdermabrasion are a more even skin tone, reduction in the noticeability of wrinkles and scars, smoother skin texture and generally younger and healthier appearing skin.