What Is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic treatment in which the face is sprayed with exfoliant crystals to remove dead epidermal cells. It is one of those common cosmetic procedures that most people have heard of, but don’t really understand what it does.
In short, microdermabrasion is a procedure that exfoliates and removes the superficial layer of dry, dead skin cells on the skin. By utilizing a microdermabrasion machine our master estheticians can buff and polish the skin using a stream of fine crystals or a diamond tip, leading to smoother, brighter, and less-wrinkled skin. Our system also has suction to vacuum loose & dead skin cells off the face. I also recommend it for melasma patients and individuals using retinoids such as Retin-A, to help augment their results. Patients with melasma, a form of pigmentation caused by a combination of hormones, ultraviolet light and inflammation, often risk aggravating the pigment with almost any type of irritation. However, I find our patients do well with a combination of good topical care (such as ZO Skin Health), vigilant sun protection with SPF30+, and microdermabrasion.
At-Home versus In-Office Microdermabrasion
Although there are several at-home devices that claim to provide good results, the truth is that medical and spa grade machines have larger motors and more power, allowing them to penetrate deeper into the skin to provide precise exfoliation. It is also worth noting that in our office, we sterilize the diamond tip wands in the same way as our surgical instruments, which is important for safety and cleanliness.
The frequency of treatments depends on your skincare needs and finances. Treatments are safe to have every few weeks and in-office procedures pack a bigger punch when scheduled at 1-2 month intervals. Less frequent treatments or inconsistent use or use of low-quality skincare regimens will decrease the effectiveness of your treatments overall and therefore, your pocketbook.
Microdermabrasion is not painful, however, it may leave the skin slightly red for a few hours and possibly more sensitive, temporarily. A calming moisturizer and sunscreen will be applied after treatment by your esthetician to reduce this issue, however, it is normal and expected as we have literally exposed fresh, new, skin. Oral antihistamines can help to reduce any welt-like reactions that may occur in very sensitive skin.
To be clear, you shouldn’t expect the results of a deep chemical peel or fractionated resurfacing laser with microdermabrasion, but it is an excellent procedure to help maximize the benefit of a regular topical regimen, by helping pigment look more even and speed clearance of whiteheads, and reduce fine line. However, it will not help deep wrinkles, dark brown spots, redness or growths. This treatment is similar in effectiveness with Dermaplaning but without the removal of vellus ("peach fuzz") hair growth on the face. For deeper wrinkles or pigmentation issues, I would recommend Chemical Peels and/or Microneedling procedures.
Contact us for a skin consultation 360-656-5246. We will customize a program that includes the best procedures and skincare to give you healthy younger looking skin!
Sound Women's Health & Aesthetics
11 Bellwether Way, Suite 107
Bellingham, WA 98225