Microdermabrasion refers to cosmetic procedure done in either facial spas or doctors’ offices which uses light abrasion to treat sun-damaged skin, scarred skin, or those with dark spots.
The procedure works by removing the dead outermost layer of the skin called the stratum corneum.
Other common uses of the procedure are to remove fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, and pigment irregularities.
Benefits of microdermabrasion
People prefer microdermabrasion to many other cosmetic procedures available for the following reasons:
- It is less invasive compared to other medical procedures and surgeries to treat skin problems
- Microdermabrasion is virtually painless through the use of local anesthesia
- It can also be done at home
- The procedures often reveal healthy, younger looking skin that is more radiant and glowing
- The procedures are very affordable and safe
Things to consider before having microdermabrasion done
- It is not recommended for women who are pregnant, nursing, or teenagers 15 years old and below. This is because hormones in their body can have an altering effect on the overall procedure, so it’s best to take some time to wait before getting it done.
- If you have used Accutane recently to get rid of scars, you must not have microdermabrasion done at least one year after the last treatment. Accutane makes one’s skin highly sensitive, and can cause further skin damage instead of treatment.
- Microdermabrasion is not recommended for those with: rosacea, acne, weeping acne, fragile capillaries, dermatitis, lupus, psoriasis, diabetes, auto-immune disorders, and eczema. It is best for you to consult your dermatologist before having any skin procedures done because you may end up causing serious harm if you push through with the procedures without medical advice.
Side effects associated with microdermabrasion
Just like with many medical procedures, there are some side effects you should know. Although it is not guaranteed that it will happen to you, you should be aware that there are indeed possibilities.
The only side effect is that you may get light or dark skin patches from the procedure, which is common in many skin rejuvenation techniques. There are also still some things that may go wrong if microdermabrasion is not done properly:
- Hyperpigmentation and skin injuries can result if the machine used has not been sterilized properly or is not handled correctly.
- Your skin may have increased sensitivity towards the sun, as well as redness and flaking. Some people have also reported to have temporary discoloration, which is also a common reaction, however if they persist you should see your doctor again because the discoloration should not last more than a few weeks.
- Make sure to wear special eye protection to shield your eyes from the crystals used in the process. Not doing so can lead to the crystals creeping into your eyes long after the procedure has been done.
- It is also helpful to ask for protection for your nose to avoid inhaling the crystals used in microdermabrasion. Although the crystals are not harmful, they may cause allergic reactions in some people.
Attaining smoother, younger skin is still possible with less invasive cosmetic plastic surgery procedures like microdermabrasion.