Uses for Microdermabrasion
People turn to microdermabrasion for a variety of reasons including the following:
- To reduce the appearance of age spots
- To lighten darkened patches of skin (hyperpigmentation)
- To get rid of stretch marks
- To eliminate blackheads and other small blemishes
- To smooth out wrinkles or fine lines
- To make pores smaller
- To treat acne scars
You may also want microdermabrasion if you’re worried about crow’s feet, laugh lines, or undesired skin features.
How Microdermabrasion Rejuvenates
Microdermabrasion starts with exfoliation, but that’s not it. The process also helps to rebuild collagen. Collagen fibers help your skin to look taut and youthful when you’re young, but as you age, collagen production naturally starts to wane. That leads to wrinkling or loose skin. Microdermabrasion is a relaxing and non-invasive way to slow the aging process by encouraging your body to produce more collagen.
The Microdermabrasion Process
Microdermabrasion can involve aluminum oxide crystals, sodium bicarbonate crystals, or sodium chloride crystals. Your aesthetician uses special suction equipment to gently lift a small section of skin and bring its impurities to the surface. Then, they apply the crystals to exfoliate your skin. In some cases, small diamonds or brushes can be used in this process, but generally, that happens before suction is applied.
During the procedure, you can ask your aesthetician to adjust the pressure as needed on your face. Note, however, that the process feels gentle.
Microdermabrasion Versus Dermabrasion
Although these two processes sound the same, they have key differences. These procedures are similar in that they are both designed to exfoliate and rejuvenate your skin. However, with dermabrasion, your dermatologist essentially sands your skin with an abrasive brush, and to deal with the discomfort, most people need to use numbing medications. In contrast, microdermabrasion is a much gentler process, and numbing is not necessary.
Microdermabrasion does not require a lot of down time. In most cases, your skin will be mildly pink for about 24 hours after the procedure. In contrast, with dermabrasion, recovery can take six to eight weeks. After a microdermabrasion session, you should avoid excessive sun exposure for the next few days and wear sunblock to protect your skin. To keep your skin as supple as possible, use moisturizers, and consider avoiding makeup for a day.