Everything You Need to Know About Microdermabrasion

Posted by Dr Theva in Blog, Face Care, Skin.

Women (and men) everywhere are after the same thing: smooth, clear, youthful-looking skin. If your skin appears dull, lifeless, or even older than you’d like, you can give it an instant boost with a microdermabrasion treatment. New, much healthier skin is hiding just below the surface of the old, dead surface skin, and microdermabrasion is an ideal way to uncover it instantly, without the risks or side effects.

Are you curious about microdermabrasion? This facial method offers many benefits and is suitable for just about all skin types.

But it’s important to know how microdermabrasion works and how it will help you. Here’s everything you should know about microdermabrasion treatments.

Which microdermabrasion treatments are right for you?

What Is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure that uses a carefully abrasive process to gently buff away the top layer of skin (stratum corneum) and remove dead skin cells. It improves your skin tone and texture. People choose dermabrasion for different reasons, but generally, it’s used to enhance the look of your skin, tackling issues such as sun damage, ageing, acne scarring, and other skin concerns.

How Does a Microdermabrasion Treatment Work?

Microdermabrasion is a painless, non-invasive, skin-rejuvenation procedure using a combination of a fine abrasive tip or crystals and vacuum suction applied to the skin. 

Microdermabrasion treatments are one of the most gentle, fastest, and non-invasive cosmetic skin treatments around today. It works by mechanically exfoliating the outermost layer of dead skin cells, leaving your skin feeling softer and looking younger and more vibrant.

There are no needles or anaesthetics required for a microdermabrasion procedure. 

Vacuum pressure and speed can be adjusted depending on the sensitivity and tolerance of your skin. There is minimal to no recovery time, and most people immediately return to daily activity after a microdermabrasion treatment.

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What Does Microdermabrasion Treat?

Because microdermabrasion works by effectively removing the top layer of skin, where most common skin issues exist, it is mostly used for those who want a treatment for:

  • Reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reducing the appearance of age spots and hyperpigmentation
  • Removing blackheads and enlarged pores
  • Improved acne scarring 
  • Treating existing acne flare-ups
  • Reducing the appearance of stretch marks
  • Getting rid of uneven skin texture and improving uneven skin tone
  • Melasma (patches of discolouration)
  • Sun damage
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Microdermabrasion for Acne Scars and Active Acne

Microdermabrasion can be used to treat acne scarring. However, it works best for depressed acne scars that lie flat against the outermost layer of the skin. It won’t improve ice pick scars, which are deeper than other acne scars.

Microdermabrasion may also be useful for people dealing with active mild-to-moderate breakouts. In addition to removing dead skin cells that can clog pores, the microdermabrasion procedure also reduces excess oil (sebum) production from these pores.

You must talk to your dermatologist about your options if you’re dealing with an active nodular or cystic breakout. In these cases, microdermabrasion may worsen your inflammation. Your dermatologist or practitioner may be able to recommend another treatment that would be more suitable.

Is Microdermabrasion Safe?

A microdermabrasion treatment is a minimally invasive procedure and is very safe when performed by someone experienced.

Like with any advanced skin treatment, there is a risk of some redness, dryness and irritation. All of which are very short-lived.

However, if a microdermabrasion treatment is overdone, you can potentially damage the skin, causing more irritation and sensitivity. This leads to inflammation, triggering pigmentation or broken veins/capillaries. Long-term skin damage, but to ensure optimal results choose an experienced and reputable skin clinic for your treatment.

Does Microdermabrasion Hurt?

Although the thought of having fine crystals blasted onto your skin or a diamond-tipped wand dragged across your face seems like a medieval torture device, it isn’t as bad as it sounds. You may feel mild discomfort at most. Microdermabrasion doesn’t hurt. 

Some say it feels like a gritty facial massage, and others say they feel a minor tugging on the skin.

Since microdermabrasion only treats the top layer of the skin, it does not penetrate deep enough to cause pain typically. Traditional dermabrasion reaches deeper levels of the skin and can cause greater discomfort for some patients.

What Are the Side Effects of Microdermabrasion?

Redness post-treatment is the most common side effect. But this usually clears a few hours after treatment.

Due to the pressure generated by the suction from the handpiece, you may experience some minor bruising. You are likely to bruise if you take blood thinners or the area being treated already has naturally thin skin (such as the eye area). Bruising, if any, usually clears up within hours to a day after treatment.

Keep in mind that not all microdermabrasion devices are created equal. This goes for your provider as well. The severity of your side effects will generally depend on the experience of the person performing your treatment and the quality of the machine they are using. If you are after optimal results, ensure you are able to have a consultation before your treatment where you can voice any concerns and ask questions. Ensure that the treatment and possible side effects are explained to you in detail.

Who Should Have a Microdermabrasion Treatment?

Microdermabrasion treatments are suitable for most skin types. However, microdermabrasion is not recommended for people with severe active acne (stages 3 and 4). When acne nodules are closed and deep within the skin’s layers, rubbing, touching, or blasting the skin with exfoliating crystals will irritate your skin and worsen your acne. Also, people with sunburn, eczema and active rosacea are unsuitable candidates for this treatment.

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How Does a Microdermabrasion Treatment Compare to HydraFacial?

So, you’ve heard of microdermabrasion, but what about hydradermabrasion? Perhaps you’ve heard of the skin treatment called HydraFacial? HydraFacial is a hydradermabrasion treatment and is one of the most in-demand advanced facials at DrT Aesthetics Skin Care Clinic in Melbourne.

As its name suggests, HydraFacial uses the power of water and oxygen to exfoliate and hydrate the skin gently. It’s a gentle, safe and effective treatment for every skin type and can address a range of concerns.

What separates HydraFacial from microdermabrasion is its unique Vortex-Fusion delivery system. It exfoliates and removes impurities while hydrating and delivering antioxidant serums into the skin.

Microdermabrasion treats deeper scars and wrinkles more effectively than a HydraFacial. They are also great for increasing elasticity and collagen production in the skin. 

HydraFacial, on the other hand, is designed to create all-around healthy glowing skin with instant and long-lasting results that you can see and feel. You’ll notice improved hydration, decongested pores, minimised dark spots and even a decrease in fine lines.

Is Microdermabrasion or HydraFacial Right for You?

As you weigh the benefits and differences between HydraFacial and microdermabrasion, remember that, like with most things, a cosmetic procedure is not a “1 treatment fits all” kind of deal. The best treatment for you will depend on your specific skin concerns and desired results.

To find out which treatment is best for you, begin by booking your comprehensive no-obligation consultation with me today.

During your free, no-obligation comprehensive consultation, I get to know you and discuss your desired outcomes, your ultimate experience, and your concerns so we get it right the first time. We discuss timelines, expectations, best treatments, and payment plans.

Most importantly, I will explain why they are the best options and go over the expected results to allow you to feel comfortable and confident you are making the right decision.

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