Microdermabrasion: Tackling Flaws at the Surface Level
Celebrating a special night out or attending an important work event? One or two microdermabrasion sessions will leave your skin refreshed and healthy—without resorting to more time-intensive and invasive procedures like chemical peels or laser treatments.
A suction assisted, diamond-tipped hand-held wand is used to help smooth the surface of the skin as well as dislodge any debris in your pores. This process essentially buffs away the stratum corneum or dead out layer of the epidermis while the tool simultaneously vacuums up oil, dirt, and loosened dead skin cells.
As a result, your skin will have a smoother appearance and skin imperfections like age spots, sun damage, blemishes, mild acne scarring, and fine lines are diminished. The procedure also encourages collagen production, the protein that provides structural support for the skin and helps to make your skin look more youthful and smooth. (The procedure is not recommended if you have widespread acne, psoriasis, eczema, herpes, fragile capillaries, and other specific conditions. If you have skin concerns, it’s best to consult with your doctor or medical aesthetician first.)
Since only the topmost layer of skin is affected, the process is quick and painless.
The entire face can be done in about a half hour. People also use microdermabrasion on the neck, hands, and other exposed skin areas. During the procedure, you may feel some mild tingling. Afterwards, your skin may be a slightly pink and hydrated, and you’ll receive a soothing moisturizer and instructions to stay out of the sun to protect your refreshed layer of skin. You’ll want to moisturize twice daily and avoid products with alcohol and other chemicals that dry the skin.
Many people choose to have several initial sessions, then follow a maintenance routine of monthly treatments to keep the skin healthy and glowing.