AESTHETICS/SOMATOLOGY/HEALTH AND SKINACARE: Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive procedure used to rejuvenate the overall tone and texture of the skin. It can help to reduce the appearance of sun damage, wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, acne scarring, melasma, and other skin concerns and conditions. To rejuvenate the skin, a special applicator with an abrasive surface is used to gently sand away the thick outer layer.
The term “abrasion” may put you off; leading you to believe that microdermabrasion will be painful. However, microdermabrasion should not be harmful. It may feel a little uncomfortable the first time you have it done, and your skin may feel quite tight afterwards. Later on, you may notice that the treated area of skin is quite warm.
You should be open and honest with your somatologist/aesthetician about your level of comfort. They can always increase or decrease the suction level to make it more comfortable. If you have sensitive skin, please notify your health and skincare therapist/somatologist/aesthetician during the consultation process.
Since the outermost epidermal layers are nonvascular, little bleeding might occur during the treatment. For the best results, six treatments spaced out during the first 12 weeks at 2 week intervals are often recommended. By promoting the upward movement of skin cells from the lowest or deepest layer of the epidermis, the recurrence of this process every 4 to 8 weeks will aid in maintaining the skin’s health and radiance.
Because microdermabrasion works by effectively removing the top layer of skin, where many skin issues can be found, it is most commonly used to treat:
- Minimizing the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles
- Age spots and hyperpigmentation are reduced in appearance.
- Getting rid of blackheads and swollen pores
- Taking care of acne and any associated scarring
- Reducing the visibility of stretch marks
- Getting Rid of Uneven Skin Tone and Texture
- Melasma (patches of discoloration)
- Managing Sun Damage
- Fine wrinkles and lines
- Dull skin
- Mild acnescars
- Sun-induced photo damage leading to hyperpigmentation or age spots
- Coarse pores
- Stretch marks or striae distensae
Microdermabrasion has the following advantages:
- It is reasonably comfortable.
- It poses few risks or complications.
- There is no downtime.
- It is safe to perform during pregnancy if chemical skin cleansing is avoided.