Microdermabrasion: you’ve perhaps heard of this increasingly popular treatment that’s so convenient it’s often called the “lunchtime facial,” but you’re not sure if it’s going to work on your specific skin conditions. You’re maybe wondering what the procedure itself is like. And if you’re already interested in scheduling a microdermabrasion appointment, you’re curious about what time of year is best for this treatment. Don’t worry; we’ll answer all of your questions in this blog.
Microdermabrasion, when performed by a dermatologist, is a superficial exfoliation treatment using specialized tools and techniques. It’s safe for nearly all types of skin and is non-surgical, meaning little to no downtime afterward. Microdermabrasion is a popular option for those with acne, scarring from past breakouts or other skin trauma, sun damage and pigmentation issues, fine lines and wrinkles, and dull or uneven skin tone.
Microdermabrasion for acne is prescribed more and more frequently by dermatologists as well, because exfoliation is a key element in preventing breakouts. During a microdermabrasion treatment, a specialist uses a minimally abrasive instrument that exfoliates the skin safely. Many exfoliating products on the market have rough or irregular-shaped exfoliating beads, which can cause micro-tears in the skin, leading to bacteria build-up, acne breakouts, and even infection. Microdermabrasion is a safe alternative and should be conducted by a professional. Summer is an excellent time to receive a microdermabrasion treatment, since excess heat, sweat, dirt, and oil can combine to wreak havoc on the skin.
The minimally abrasive tool used during a microdermabrasion treatment works to slough off the topmost layer of dead skin cells, revealing the fresh layer of skin cells beneath. Instantly, the skin is brighter and smoother -- results that make a microdermabrasion treatment an attractive investment. But the long-term results are just as noteworthy. Over time, receiving regular microdermabrasion treatments promotes the production of collagen and elastin. These two naturally occurring substances in the skin are crucial for anti-aging and diminishing scars, as they’re the primary elements responsible for the skin’s elasticity and firmness.
Microdermabrasion can be performed on its own, but it is often added onto another type of facial treatment. This allows for further customization based on skin type and primary skin concerns. The great news is that it only lasts about 30 minutes total, which makes it a very convenient option for those with busy schedules. And because there’s virtually no downtime, you can return immediately to your day-to-day life.
Sometimes, especially with sensitive skin, microdermabrasion can cause some pinkness and tenderness. Sometimes dry or flaky skin might occur, especially with higher depth microdermabrasion treatments. Typically, these mild side effects are diminished within a few hours post treatment, or at the most, a day or two following.
After a microdermabrasion treatment, since fresh skin cells are exposed to the surface, skin is more sensitive to the sun. Avoid direct sunlight if possible and wear an SPF 30+ product, even if you’re indoors. You should see immediate results like a healthy, youthful glow, but keep in mind that if you’re receiving microdermabrasion treatments for issues like sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles, or acne scarring, the greatest results will take time and repetition. It’s a good idea to make microdermabrasion treatment appointments about every four to eight weeks, though your dermatologist can recommend an optimal schedule based on your concerns.
Want to give microdermabrasion a try? If you’re in the Cincinnati, Ohio area, contact The Dermatology Group today for an appointment with a board-certified specialist.