What Is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive procedure used to renew the overall skin tone and texture. It can be used to improve the skin appearance for sun damage, wrinkles, acne scarring, fine lines, age spots, and other skin-related conditions. The process uses a unique applicator with an abrasive surface to sand away the thicker outer layer of the skin to rejuvenate the skin.
For what can Microdermabrasion be used?
It is considered to be a safe procedure for all skin types and colours. It can be used for skin concerns like fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, hyperpigmentation, acne and acne scars, stretch marks, enlarged pores and blackheads, uneven skin tone and texture, sun damage etc.
How to prepare for Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive procedure that does not involve any surgery. Hence, very little preparation is needed for it. Just make sure that you discuss your skin concerns with a skin care professional to find out if it is a right fit for you. Mention if there had been any past cosmetic procedures or surgeries, as well as mention allergies and medical conditions if any.
You may be told by the professional to avoid sun exposure, waxing, and tanning creams about a week before the treatment. You may also be told to stop using exfoliating creams three days before treatment. Remove makeup if any and cleanse your face before the start of the procedure.
How does Microdermabrasion work?
Microdermabrasion is a procedure that takes about an hour. Typically performed by a licensed skin care professional, it may or may not be supervised by a healthcare provider.
Side effects of Microdermabrasion
Common side effects of the treatment include swelling, redness, and a mild tenderness, which go away within a few hours post-treatment. You might get advised to use a moisturiser to minimise dry skin. A minor bruising may also occur, caused by the suction process in the treatment.
What to expect after Microdermabrasion?
There is a little to no downtime after the treatment. You should be able to continue with your daily activities immediately. Make sure your skin stays hydrated and that you use gentle skincare products. Avoid using acne medications for at least a day post-treatment. It is essential to protect your skin with sunscreen as your skin may be more sensitive to the sun for the few weeks post the treatment.