Have you ever done a scrub, where you apply a certain facial cream to your face and remove dead cells in order to deliver newer, better, and brighter skin? Well, if you want to take it to the next level with sophisticated technologies and equipments, it means that you are ready for microdermabrasion treatments.
This procedure is generally more familiar with the name microderm, a process that basically exfoliates the top layer skin so the newer one will come to the surface. We live in harsh environment where the skin is exposed to pollutants and harsh sunrays on daily basis. If you don’t take care of the skin, you may have to suffer from fine lines, wrinkles, light acne issue, acne scars, pigmentation problem, age spots, and so many other problems that will affect your appearance – often affect your confidence as well. And going through microdermabrasion is considered safer than other facial procedures, since it is non invasive and it doesn’t use any chemical substances.
As it was mentioned before, microdermabrasion is almost the same as the regular scrub, but with sophisticated equipments and involved high tech application. In fact, microdermabrasion is considered gentler and safer than dermabrasion, which is an intensive treatment to deal with scars, extreme damage from the sun, and deeper and more pronounced facial lines. Basically, your top layer skin will be removed – along with dead and dry skin cells – so healthier, firmer, and younger skin will be revealed. This treatment also includes high level of elastin and collagen, which are responsible for the firmness and health of your skin, improving the skin’s overall look. in short, you can expect wrinkles and fine lines to go away (or at least covered very smoothly and well), have the scars smoothly covered, get rid of the age spots, have coarse skin to develop better, and expect the pores to decrease. Since microdermabrasion will improve the condition of the skin, skin care products can easily provide better result. The skin allows such products to penetrate deeper and better, helping collagen production, which provide younger and glowing skin condition for longer period of time.
Basically, this kind of treatment is ideal for all kind of skin types, including those with acne or sensitive skin. If you suffer from wrinkles or fine lines, uneven pigmentation, age spots, minor scars, or clogged pores, this treatment is ideal for you. Since it doesn’t involve any chemical substance, it won’t aggravate your condition or make it worse. According to many skin experts and dermatologists, microdermabrasion is good for adult and healthy patients with mild skin issues. It can also be done to treat sensitive skin, acne, or rosacea, although the latter one requires further consultation and discussion with your doctor.
However, microdermabrasion isn’t suggested for patients with recent herpes outbreak, active acne problem in stage 3 or 4, active keloids, deep scars, unstable diabetes, autoimmune disorder, or undiagnosed lesion. Pregnant women can’t undergo this treatment. There are certain requirements and condition that you need to address if you want to have this procedure done:
1. You should wait for around 3 weeks if you just recently underwent skin procedures – like chemical peel or collagen injections
2. You shouldn’t get tanning or waxing several weeks prior to the treatment
3. You should consult your doctor in case you suffer from skin defects, facial creases, or deep scars. If it is possible, consider having other treatments like laser skin resurfacing or chemical peel.
People often compare crystal microdermabrasion with the diamond tip treatment. They may be different in application, but the result is similar. In crystal microdermabrasion – which has lasted for decades – the dermatologist will use handheld wand spraying tiny particles or crystals. They will spray the crystals over skin surface and then remove it with the wand – the wand works like a vacuum that will suck up all the dead cells and dry skin. The procedure isn’t painful at all, although it can be quite uncomfortable around the mouth and nose.
In diamond tip microdermabrasion, the procedure is the same, but the diamond replaces the crystals. According to research, diamond microdermabrasion is somehow gentler and more comfortable, but some people still prefer the crystal method because they feel that the cleansing process is truly happening. When compared to regular scrubs, microdermabrasion is considered gentler and safer. General scrub can be too abrasive or rough, which can lead to skin irritation and further skin issue. So far, the latest microdermabrasion technique is using water, which is responsible for exfoliating the skin while infusing it with serum. This new treatment is called as HydraFacial.
The cost for microdermabrasion can vary from $75 to $200, depending on the condition of the skin, the severity of the issue, the type of skin, and the expertise of the esthetician. Basically, you will be required to undergo a series of treatment, which can last up to six sessions. Each session can last in between 30 minutes to one hour, top. In some places, you can get nice offer of getting one session free – generally when you have a series of sessions. Since the treatment is quite mild, there is no such thing as recovery time and you can always get back to your regular routine and activities.
However, it is important to stay away from the sun for a while. Wear gentle sunscreen and avoid going to the beach. The outer layer of your skin has just been peeled away, so your skin is basically at its weakest condition. Do wear sunscreen and don’t be involved with strenuous exercise – at least for a couple of days.
It is important that you only go to expert aestheticians. Don’t be fooled by very low cost because we are talking about your skin – which plays important role in your appearance. Be sure to check the aesthetician’s credibility, ability, and skills. Always consult everything, including when you are taking a certain medication or your have any sensitive skin condition. It is quite normal to experience pink-ish hue around the skin. If you want to apply make-up, at least use the water based make-up or the very light one.