Microdermabrasion is one of those cosmetic procedures that most people have heard of, but don't really know much about. Even if your skin-obsessed friend swears by it, or you've seen it listed on spa menus, the procedure should still be discussed at your consultation.
Microdermabrasion is a procedure that exfoliates and removes the superficial layer of dry, dead skin cells. Microdermabrasion machines can buff and polish the skin using a diamond tip. Our Hydrafacial systems has suction to vacuum loose skin cells from the face.
Two of the major differences between in-office microdermabrasion and at-home treatments is that the devices used in a medical office generally have larger motors and more power, and they penetrate deeper into the skin to provide precise exfoliation.
In our office, we sterilize the diamond tip in an autoclave, the same way as our other instruments, which is important for safety. How often you should get a microdermabrasion facial depends on your skincare needs and finances. Most in-office procedures pack a bigger punch and treatments are often scheduled at 1-2 month intervals.
If you have any reservations as to how your skin may react to this level of exfoliation, rest assured that microdermabrasion is not painful. It may leave the skin slightly red for a few hours and possibly more sensitive. A calming moisturizer and sunscreen should be applied after treatment.
For anyone with dermatographism, or those who get red welts at the sites of scratches, they are likely to see hive-like lines or blotches post-microdermabrasion. An oral antihistamine can help to reduce that reaction.
You shouldn't expect the results of a deep chemical peel or fractionated resurfacing laser with microdermabrasion. It is an excellent procedure to help maximize the benefit of a regular topical regimen, keep skin feeling smooth, help pigment look more even and speed clearance of whiteheads, however, it will not help deep wrinkles, dark brown spots, redness or growths.