Microdermabrasion: What to Expect During Your Surgery

By Medically reviewed by Hello Doktor Medical Panel

Do you ever look in the mirror and wish that your face had a more even skin tone? If you answered yes, you may want to consider microdermabrasion. This non-invasive treatment gently exfoliates your skin. After a series of treatments, your complexion can appear smoother, brighter, and more even in color.

What is microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical facial resurfacing technique. It uses tiny crystals or diamonds to exfoliates and removes the superficial layer of dry, dead skin cells. It makes your skin softer, smoother and look younger, more vibrant.

Who is suitable for Microdermabrasion?

This method appeals to many patients. They like that they can see more youthful skin without having downtime. People with these following skin problems can use this method.

  • Dull complexion,
  • Uneven skin tone or texture,
  • Age spots,
  • Dark spots that can appear when acne starts to clear,
  • Melasma.

Dermatologists also use microdermabrasion to improve the results gained from using anti-aging products and skin-bleaching products. It allows these products to penetrate the skin more easily.

How is a microdermabrasion procedure performed?

Most often, your treatment will be performed by a licensed skincare professional in your plastic surgeon’s office or medical spa.

There are two general methods for microdermabrasion:

Crystal Microdermabrasion

For this type, a hand piece emits crystals onto the surface of the skin. It results in a gentle abrasion or “polishing” process. Then the dead skin cells along with the crystals are suctioned off either instantaneously or in a secondary process.

Diamond-Tip Microdermabrasion

This type works with a diamond-tip handpiece that gently abrades and exfoliates dead skin cells. Like the crystal microdermabrasion, the dead skin is either suctioned off right away in the same handpiece or in a secondary process. The diamond-tip microdermabrasion is safer to perform closer to the eyes and has more flexibility in sensitive areas.

Microdermabrasion may be combined with a light chemical peel to increase the effect. After your treatments, a moisturizer with SPF will be applied to hydrate and protect your skin.

If you have a serious skin condition such as deep, widespread acne, active rosacea, eczema, or dermatitis, your plastic surgeon might have other recommendations for you. Skin lesions, open sores, herpes breakouts, and other medical conditions may require other treatments before having microdermabrasion.

Above are some detailed information about the procedure of microdermabrasion. It is advised that you come to a dermatologist or licensed skincare professional in your plastic surgeon’s office or medical spa to get a full consultation, treatment plan, aftercare, and recovery.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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