Looking for a gentle yet effective way to rejuvenate your skin and reveal a smoother, more even-toned complexion? Microdermabrasion is a powerful treatment with almost no risks that can transform skin from dull and lacklustre to radiant and glowing.
Here, we’ll cover both the benefits and risks associated with microdermabrasion so you can know exactly what to expect from this popular treatment.
What Is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a noninvasive skin treatment that involves the use of polishing crystals applied to the skin with a designated wand. The polishing instrument is used to gently buff away the top surface of the skin and dead skin cells to reveal fresher, smoother skin underneath. This cosmetic procedure involves little to no downtime, is painless, and can deliver immediate and continued results.
It is usually performed on the face, back of the hands, neck, chest, and arms. After just one treatment, expect to see an increased glow and radiance. With time, you can achieve optimal results with continued sessions.
How Does Microdermabrasion Work?
The skin consists of two key layers, the epidermis (the outermost layer) and the dermis. The epidermis is composed of a layer of dead skin cells on top of a layer of skin cells that are still maturing.
Microdermabrasion uses tiny crystals to break up dead skin cells and debris on the surface to rejuvenate the skin and unveil a more supple complexion. When the top layer of skin (the stratum corneum) is disrupted, the body responds to the ‘injury’ by replacing the old skin cells with healthy new ones.
What Are the Benefits of Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion offers a variety of potential benefits. Our clients often seek out microdermabrasion to achieve:
- Healthier, more resilient skin
- Improved product absorption
- Decreased skin impurities
- Smoother skin texture
- More even skin tone
- Increased radiance
- Removal of dead skin cells and debris
- Increased blood flow for a natural glow
- Improved lymphatic drainage
- Reduce signs of ageing
- Softened fine lines and wrinkles
- Faster cell turnover
- Reduced scarring
- Reduced signs of sun damage, such as age spots
- Clearing of congested pores
- Smaller pores
- Reduced hyperpigmentation
Can Dermabrasion Be Combined With Other Skin Treatments?
The results of microdermabrasion can be further improved by combining it with complementary treatments. Microdermabrasion pairs especially well with:
- Omnilux light therapy
- O Cosmetic Pro Peels
- RF Skin Tightening
After your initial skin analysis, we’ll determine the ideal treatment plan, including suggested complementary treatments, to help you achieve total skin transformation.
Are There Risks with Microdermabrasion?
Since microdermabrasion only affects the top layer of the skin, the chance of side effects is extremely low. The ultra-fine exfoliating crystals are designed to gently polish and exfoliate the skin without causing damage. Microdermabrasion treatment is completely non-invasive, requiring zero anesthesia or incisions.
Although microdermabrasion is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure, there is a small chance of minor side effects. Possible complications include:
- Increased sensitivity to the sun
- Mild redness, similar to a sunburn
- Scarring (when performed on an individual with certain skin conditions or when completed by an untrained practitioner)
Is There Downtime After Microdermabrasion?
Treatment is completely painless and can be completed in less than an hour. More vibrant, brighter skin can be seen immediately after the first treatment.
Microdermabrasion is a safe, non-invasive way to reveal softer, smoother, more even-toned skin. Since it only treats the epidermis, the top layer of the skin, microdermabrasion involves minimal downtime, fast recovery, and almost no risk.
Aside from some mild redness and increased sensitivity to the sun, there is no downtime involved. You can return to your routine almost immediately as long as you are diligent about sunscreen use.
Until all the dead skin cells flake away, you may experience a bit of extra flaking or dryness. Use a hydrating daily moisturiser and a good sunscreen to keep your skin moisturised and protected as it heals.
Am I A Good Candidate for Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion treatment is suitable for both men and women of all ages, and virtually all skin conditions and types.
Before any skin treatment, our skin technicians will perform an in-depth skin analysis to ensure the treatment is suitable and safe for your skin and needs.
While most individuals can safely undergo microdermabrasion treatment, there are some conditions where microdermabrasion is not recommended, including:
- Widespread active acne
- Active rosacea
- Active herpes lesions
- Open sores
- Vascular lesions
- Fragile capillaries
- Skin lesions
- Individuals who take anti-coagulants
- Individuals who have taken isotretinoin within the past 6 months
If performed by an unskilled technician, microdermabrasion can cause bruising or discolouring of the skin. The skin can be permanently discoloured if treatment is performed too deep, with too much intensity, or on a skin condition that is contraindicated.
The eyelid area should *never* be treated with microdermabrasion and extra caution should be used when treating near the lips. Our skin technicians are highly trained and experienced in performing microdermabrasion safely and with the least amount of risk. Our priority with all of our non-invasive skin treatments is to help you achieve maximum results with minimum risk.
What Conditions Can Microdermabrasion Treat?
Microdermabrasion can be beneficial for a variety of skin conditions, including:
- Acne scars
- Congested pores
- Dry, dehydrated skin
- Enlarged pores
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Uneven skin tone
- Rough texture
- Sun damage
- Melasma or hyperpigmentation
- Lacklustre skin
- Signs of ageing
Want to Learn More About the Benefits of Microdermabrasion?
With microdermabrasion, you can expect to see a more refreshed, refined, glowing complexion almost immediately. With continued results, this extremely gentle treatment can deliver continued improvements that lead to healthier, radiant skin.
If your skin is lacking radiance and needs a boost, we invite you to reach out to us with any questions or to schedule your consultation. Ask us today how this incredibly effective yet gentle treatment can help you achieve supple, youthful skin without the side effects of more invasive procedures. Our expert skin technicians can perform a thorough custom-skin analysis to see if microdermabrasion is a suitable treatment option for your skin type and concerns.