What is microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion sprays tiny rough crystals on the skin to scrub away the surface layer. The procedure is quite subtle and doesn’t change the skin color or leave scar. Microdermabrasion works for all skin types and colors. It’s best at treating dull skin, brown spots, and age spots. It is not effective for problems in deeper layers such as scars, stretch marks, or wrinkles.
How does microdermabrasion work?
To get a better understanding about microdermabrasion, let’s have a quick look at the skin structure:
The outermost layer of skin is the epidermis. It’s made of dead skin cells which sit on top of a layer of maturing cells. The topmost layer of the epidermis is called the stratum corneum. The stratum corneum shields the skin under it from outside matters. When you put on lotions or creams, some of the moisture may get through the stratum corneum. The stratum corneum is where most skin imperfections such as fine wrinkle lines and blemishes.
During a microdermabrasion procedure, a professional will spray tiny crystals onto your skin to gently remove the outer layer. This doesn’t require numbing medicine. Simply put, it’s the professional version of exfoliation and rejuvenation. After it’s done, your skin will look much softer and brighter.
Microdermabrasion works at the stratum corneum level. It only targets the epidermis, not anything deeper than that. Affecting deeper skin layers would be very painful and cause more harm than good. You also risk embedding the tiny crystal permanently into your skin.
What happens after microdermabrasion?
After microdermabrasion, you may experience will be pink, dry and tight skin. It’ll probably feel like you have sunburn or windburn on your skin for around a day. Your skin is vulnerable, so you should avoid sun exposure immediately after the procedure for a few days. Use a moisturizer and sunscreen. Some types of makeup should be avoided for at least 24 hours following the procedure. Ask your professional for further advice.
What are the danger of microdermabrasion?
If performed improperly, microdermabrasion may cause bruising or discoloration. The vacuum device used during the procedure my cause blemishes if the skin tension is let up or uneven. The skin area around the lips is particularly susceptible to bruising. Microdermabrasion should never be performed on the eyelids. Too deep or intense microdermabrasion may cause skin discoloration that is irreversible.
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Review Date: October 23, 2017 | Last Modified: September 11, 2019