There are many different ways to take care of your skin. Depending on your goals, we can recommend a variety of treatments that will help you get the end results you’re looking for. If you’re looking to reduce the look of fine lines, minimize the appearance of acne scarring, and improve the overall texture in your face, Microdermabrasion may be the best treatment for you.
Since the beauty world is filled with different treatments, procedures, and products that all target different problem areas, it can get confusing to keep track of them all. We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions about one of our most popular anti-aging procedures to help you better understand what this treatment can do for you.
What Is Microdermabrasion?
Facials, skin peels, and facial scrubs are all-natural ways to help clear up your skin. They can also target trouble areas such as dry spots, hyperpigmentation, and fine lines. Microdermabrasion is similar to combining a facial with a facial scrub, but it uses a specific suction device to achieve even results without irritating the skin.
This process involves combining a spray that contains very fine particles that act like very soft sandpaper to buff away the external layer of the skin. By combining these particles with soft suction, this treatment gets rid of dead skin and cleans pores in one motion. After the thick outer layer of the skin is removed, the revealed skin layer will look rejuvenated and smooth.
What Skin Concerns Does This Treatment Help With?
Overall, this treatment method rejuvenates dull and tired skin. You may notice that your skin isn’t as elastic as it used to be as you slowly get older, but there are multiple reasons why your skin may feel dull or look uneven. Microdermabrasion is specifically developed to target:
- Fine lines
- Age spots
- Acne scars
- Stretch marks
- Dull complexions
- Uneven skin texture
- Enlarged pores
When you’re considering scheduling an appointment for this treatment, our doctor will help you determine if this is absolutely the right treatment for you before booking.
How Does This Treatment Help Acne and Acne Scars?
Dealing with acne can be frustrating, and after the acne is gone, the last thing you want to deal with is acne scarring. This treatment option can be helpful when it comes to clearing up your skin. Since this treatment method involves exfoliating dead skin off of your face and suctioning the dirt and skin cells away, this process can be especially useful for deep cleaning your pores.
By combining exfoliation with suction, this process will remove the buildup of excess skin cells and dirt from your pores. It also will reveal clean, fresh skin underneath that’s free of clogged pores. This treatment method triggers your skin’s healing process and removes dirt from your skin faster than your body can do on its own. By removing excess dead skin cells and rejuvenating your skin, you can experience a reduction in your acne as well as your acne scars.
How Long Do I Have to Wait Between Treatments?
Like most treatments and procedures, the frequency and results can vary from person to person. However, since microdermabrasion is a mild treatment that simply removes the exterior layer of your skin by using a spray and small suction, these treatments can be performed every three to four weeks.
Additionally, your doctor will determine the right cadence for you depending on your skin type, desired results, and the results after your first treatment. Depending on a variety of factors, your doctor could recommend monthly sessions until you achieve the results you’re looking for. This treatment method provides immediate rejuvenation after just one treatment, so you may not need additional treatments depending on the current state of your skin.
What Are the Most Popular Treatment Options and Techniques?
Although the treatment itself stays the same, there are different combinations of sprays and devices that can be used during these types of treatment sessions. Different treatment devices will work better than others depending on skin type, level of sensitivity, level of damage, and area of the face.
This style device exfoliates dead skin cells and suctions them off of the face to reveal smooth skin underneath. When used properly, this type of treatment device can be altered based on how much pressure is applied to the different areas of the skin.
Your doctor will use lighted pressure around sensitive areas, such as the areas around your eyes. The difference in pressure coupled with how long the device is left in one area can also affect how much dead skin is removed.
This treatment device combines suction and the removal of dead skin cells with crystals that will gently exfoliate the skin. These crystals can vary in size depending on your goals and skin type. This device itself sprays on the crystals and suctions them off at the same time. This is an additional technique that combines exfoliating products with suctioning to deliver smooth results.
Unlike the previous two methods, this treatment method combines the infusion of products with suction. It does not use any crystals or additional exfoliation products, but instead, it releases product into the skin while it suctions away the dead skin cells. This process has the ability to improve blood flow and stimulate collagen production while leaving your skin hydrated and smooth.
Does This Treatment Hurt?
Although combining exfoliating with suction may sound like it would be slightly painful, this treatment method doesn’t hurt at all! The exfoliating portion is similar to the feel of fine sandpaper. By coupling this exfoliation method with mild suction, we can remove the product and dead skin cells from your face immediately as they fall away from your refreshed layer of skin underneath.
Your technician will be constantly moving the device around different areas of your face and won’t be leaving the suction in one place for any period of time. That means you won’t have to worry about any potential bruises. The only side effect that you may notice right after your treatment is slight redness, which is completely normal. You shouldn’t experience any discomfort during your session but rather feel as if your face is being polished to reveal your best skin.
What Can I Expect During Treatment?
Since this treatment method is non-invasive, it doesn’t take very long to complete. Depending on your skin type, your doctor may recommend a short 15 minutes. Treatment sessions can last up to 30 minutes in total. Your technician will start by cleansing your face to prep the skin for the treatment.
Once the treatment is complete, your technician will cleanse your face again to remove any remaining skin cells and product that was used during the session. They’ll also apply moisturizer to hydrate your skin and apply sunscreen to protect the new layer of skin that was just revealed. You can combine this treatment with a facial or starter peel to amplify your results.
What Can I Expect After Treatment?
Like most facials and superficial skincare treatments, microdermabrasion has little to no downtime. However, you’ll want to put on SPF after the treatment before going outside to protect your new layer of skin. Since this treatment removes the exterior layer of your skin, your face could be more sensitive to the sun for a few weeks following your appointment.
On top of protecting your skin with sunscreen, you can expect to see some redness after your treatment session. This is completely normal and will fade over the next few hours and days. Once the redness has subsided, you’ll see beautiful results and smooth, even skin tone. If one session doesn’t provide you with the immediate results you’re looking for, your doctor can recommend follow-up treatments that will help you continue to work towards your goals.
How Do I Take Care of My Skin After My Treatment?
Your technician will go over what you should and shouldn’t do after your treatment in detail before you leave the office, but there are a few general guidelines that are safe to follow. After your treatment, it’s recommended that you only cleanse and moisturize your face. Since the skin will be sensitive, you shouldn’t use any harsh toners or exfoliators while your skin heals.
It’s also recommended that you avoid direct contact with the sun for at least three days after your treatment. It will be easier to sunburn your new skin while it’s healing, and although sunscreen will protect it, you shouldn’t sunbathe until your skin has time to recover.
You should avoid picking or scrubbing your skin in any way. This can inadvertently harm your new skin and compromise your results. If you have any specific questions regarding what to do after your treatment, just call us!
How Can I Maximize My Results?
After receiving this treatment, there are a few things you can do at home to make your results last as long as possible. Always wear sunscreen after receiving a facial treatment. Sunscreen will protect your skin and can prevent a wide variety of issues including sun damage, fine lines, and dark spots.
To help your skin heal and keep your rejuvenated face glowing, we recommend applying a moisturizer after you cleanse your face. By keeping your skin hydrated, you can prevent any dry spots that could become a problem. If you experience any mild itching sensation, please avoid scratching your face. The new skin that was revealed during your treatment is sensitive.
If you have any questions pertaining to what you should and shouldn’t do after your treatment, reach out to us! We’d be more than happy to answer any questions or concerns.
Microdermabrasion is a safe technique that can help you achieve your skincare goals. It gently exfoliates and removes dead skin cells to reveal beautiful skin that’s even in texture and tone. This treatment method can also reduce the appearance of acne scars, fine lines, and wrinkles.
This treatment is non-invasive and can be repeated every three to four weeks, depending on your desired results. Most people will see a visible improvement in skin tone and texture after just one treatment. Since this treatment is superficial, you don’t have to worry about any downtime after receiving the treatment.
Always use sunscreen to protect your skin after you receive any type of skincare treatment, especially microdermabrasion. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to achieve your skincare goals.