All you need to know about Microdermabrasion is here..!
Microdermabrasion is the new trend in today’s skin Maintenance. It is the new way of getting your facial done with no involvement of harsh chemicals or injections to your skin. Sounds interesting? Well, it is..!
You might have probably clicked this post because you have heard about this before but are not sure exactly what it is, or you know what it is but not completely, or you are interested to get a microdermabrasion treatment for yourself and what to know if it’s safe or not.
You are at the right place, no matter at which stage your mind is about microdermabrasion.
Lets gets started with what exactly is microdermabrasion.
What is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a machine assisted skin-exfoliating treatment that gently exfoliates the thin outer layer of the skin that is rough, dry and sun damaged to reveal the clear and baby like smooth skin right from the first session.
Unlike Dermabrasion and other skin surfacing treatments, Microdermabrasion is a non-chemical, non-invasive (not involving the introduction of instruments into the body) procedure that uses micro crystals to abrade the skin’s outermost superficial layer and removes the dead skin that is clogged in the pores.
This technique is most popular and more and more skin maintenance junkies are opting it instead of regular facials in spas/salons. Because this gives just more than smooth skin, that you will get to know within few minutes.
Simply put, Microdermabrasion is a skin exfoliating technique just like the scrubbing step in our weekly routine but with micro abrasion (that’s how the name given, abrasion but in micro sized) that is hardly noticeable or sensible to us.
How it’s performed?
The first step in a microdermabrasion treatment is to analyze your skin, which is performed by a trained aesthetician. After thoroughly examining and determining your skin type, the skin specialist cleanses your face thoroughly and then uses the hand piece (device as shown below) with right precision and pressure suitable for your skin.
Basically the device directs a stream of micro crystals against the skin to abrades the skin which gives an exfoliating effect and thus the mild suction created by the device removes the skin debris and crystals and collects them in a receptacle (filter present in the device) for easy disposal.
It is usually called as the lunch hour facial as each session lasts for about 30-50 minutes and you can continue with your daily routine thereon.
The skin will be stretched to provide some tension in order to achieve the most effective abrasion and vacuum. The hand piece is moved over the skin with repeated single, smooth passes. Usually, two to four passes per area are sufficient
This vacuum effect created by the device helps to pull and lift the skin for micro abrasion and also focally stimulates blood circulation and creates mild swelling in the skin that’s faded after few hours.
How it works?
Collagen production declines as we age, resulting in aging, dry and patchy skin. Collagen is a protein that’s abundant when you are a child and makes skin appear taunt and smooth.
The main aim of Micordermabrasion is to boost the collagen production to improve your skin condition. The micro abrasion on your skin caused by the treatment, triggers the production of collagen and thus rejuvenates the skin immediately after the treatment.
So, it’s no wonder why your skin looks so glowy and party ready after this treatment.
Does it pain?
Ready? Cross your fingers. As the microdermabrasion uses the suction method to exfoliates the skin and remove the dead skin, your skin may feel a little warm during or after the treatment but guess what, Microdermabrasion is not at all pain full.
Some have linked the experience as having a facial massage. So, that’s how easy and painless treatment it is.
That is the reason why there are a lot of microdermabrasion devices already available in the market, because consumers themselves can try this at their home. But wait, is it that safe to perform by ourselves at home? See the FAQs section.
How often to get Microdermabrasion treatment?
Microdermabrasion is not that treatment that can be ended with a single sitting. As the main purpose of this treatment is to abrade your skin’s outer layer and encourage new collagen growth and elastin, this treatment is done several times in a row for certain months on regular intervals. It usually takes 6-10 sessions with a period of 4 weeks per session, depending upon how fast your skin recovers and how fast the collagen produces.
An experienced dermatologist will be able to decide on how long the treatment may be continued for a particular person. Follow those instructions as guided for better results.
Is it for me?
Ideal candidates for microdermabrasion treatment are healthy adults who have minor skin conditions such as light dark spots, imperfections in skin tone, dry and dull skin, or at an early stage of aging. It can fade away not so deep after-acne marks with regular sittings.
It should be noted that, microdermabrasion is a complete treatment when one gets it done for a certain period of said time with regular intervals. No results are permanent with just single sitting.
Skin care after Microdermabrasion treatment
There is no much after-care needed for microdermabrated skin that one need to indulge in. You can in fact apply your makeup and just go to work as usual from the next day. This is the simplicity of this treatment.
The two main things that you should never forget to include in your skin care regime after getting your microdermabrasion is using a sun protection with a high SPF and a moisturizer.
Younger looking skin , that is more radiant and glowy is what you can expect from the first session itself. With regular scheduled sessions, there is considerable reduction in fine lines, darks spots and uneven skin tone.
Inaddition to the above, Your skin can now absorb the products that you apply on it more efficiently.
This is not for you, if..
Microdermabrasion is not recommended for people with deep scaring, active keloids, warts on the face, herpes outbreak, and active acne. Individuals with deep scaring should opt for more advanced and stronger treatments to getter better results.
Pregnant women should not undergo microdermabrasion treatment.
For anymore “ifs” please see a dermatologist and talk to them about your skin history and the products you use on a daily basis to give a more clearer idea to them and to probably decide which is the best treatment suitable for your skin type.
Risks and Side effects of Microdermabrasion
As microdermabrasion is a non-invasive skin treatment, and uses no harmful chemicals, it is technically considered as safe and have no risks when performed by a qualified aesthetician.
It is suitable for all skin types and provides an instant glow with incredible smoothens right after from the first sitting.
One should know that, the most common microdermabrasion device uses micro crystals such as aluminium oxide to abrade the skin’s outer layer.
Studies have suggested there may be health risks associated with aluminium oxide-based microdermabrasion machines, with fears the small particles could enter the lungs if breathed in, or scratch the eyes (most microdermabrasion clinics now use eye protection for this reason)
There is also an alternate to the above crystals, which is diamonds. You can opt for crystal-tip or diamond tip device for your microdermabrasion treatment depending upon your preferences or skin sensitiveness.
As most of the clinics use crystal tipped microdermabrasion device as it is far more cheaper than the diamond-tipped device, it is always better to ask the dermatologist about the tip being used before starting the session.
What is the Cost of Microdermabrasion
The cost of Microdermabrasion depends on place to place, clinic to clinic and the level of expertise of the aesthetician. Do a thorough research about the best and affordable clinics for microdermabrasion around the city you live in. On a average it may have a starting price of INR 2000 and may go up to INR 8000 depending upon the city and clinic you choose.
- Is microdermabrasion safe?
Yes. One of the special benefits of this micrdermabrasion treatment is its safety. As it is a non-chemical and non-invasive treatment, there are hardly any risks to expect. When the treatment is performed by a trained dermatologist, microdermabrasion can significantly enhance the skin tone by rejuvenating and encouraging the skin’s collagen and elastin.
- What type of results can I expect after the treatment?
Although the results are completely dependent on individual’s skin texture and health, one can easily notice the difference in their skin tone, color and glowy appearance right after the first session. However, the microdermabrasion is most effective when a patient gets multiple treatments in a series of certain intervals.
- Can I return to work after the session?
Absolutely. As already mentioned before, Microdermabrasion is often referred to as a lunch hour facial, and the effects are hardly noticeable except that your skin looks a little flushed. The treatment can be completely in 40-50 minutes and you can return to your work thereon with a sun protection of-course.
- Are at home systems effective?
With the increased popularity in microdermabrasion, numerous home based microdermabrasion systems have emerged in the market. These may range form $100-300$. As Microdermabrasion is a easy and mild treatment, these at home systems are safe to use by consumers. However, it is important to remember that the at home results may not be same and remarkable as the one done by a trained dermatologist. Without proper practice and knowledge, some might rapture the skin and damage it badly overtime. It is always advisable to consult a qualified physician or aesthetician for a professional microdermabrasion treatment and lasting results.
- For Which skin tones is microdermabrasion best suited?
Although microdermabrasion is a safe treatment, it is not the best option for everyone out there. Certain skin types and conditions may be negatively affected by this treatment. It is always better to consult an experienced dermatologist who can suggest you with the best treatment for your skin tone and texture.
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