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Why hello there my beloved disciples! Here is another Pearl of Wisdom brought to you by none other than your Skin Tightening Sage… This one is another hefty resource researched and prepared for all of your relevant interests! So, without further adieu, welcome to The Fantastic World of Microdermabrasion Skin Treatment!

What is Microdermabrasion?


Just as the name implies, it’s a medical skin resurfacing procedure that involves applying a rough-textured surface to your skin to remove the top layer of your dermis. According to WebMD, “a dermatologist or plastic surgeon “sands” your skin with a special instrument.”

Basically, microdermabrasions involve a tool that slightly abrades or rubs small crystals against your skin. Almost in the same second, the tool suctions up the minuscule cells and tissue that the microdermabrasion crystals peeled from your skin, which leaves your face and body feeling fresh, clear and looking bouncy and elastic.

For fascinated patients, you can ask to see the dead skin cells and dull layer of skin on the tool!

What is Dermabrasion?


To understand what is dermabrasion compared to microdermabrasion, you have to look at how the two different instruments for each procedure work. While both are actually ‘peeling’ or ‘sanding’ skin treatments, they vary in intensity and effects.

With the former, you use a larger, rougher, more intense sanding tool that peels and sands off the top layer of the skin until you get the best skin layer you want.

The latter procedure is practically the same with a gentler tool. In the end, they both peel off layers of our skin to reveal better, younger and healthier skin underneath.

Does Microdermabrasion Work?

This is one of the first things patients ask their dermatologist. All dermatologists would then say that microdermabrasion crystals and other instruments can greatly improve your skin, but is not a cure-all for all your problems. Depending on your skin type and your needs and goals, you may need other procedures to achieve the results you want.

What is a Microdermabrasion Tool?


This tool essentially looks like a small, short wand with an end that can have bristles, crystals or very fine wiring. Attached to a motorised unit that provides vibration and suction in different settings based on what the user’s comfort level or needs happen to be.


Facial Microdermabrasion


The most popular treatment available, this involves the following:

  • Skin examination
  • Skin preparation
  • Standard clinic facial treatment
  • Microdermabrasion session
  • Intensive moisturizing

This can vary depending on your dermatologist and the clinic or spa you go to for the treatment. If you choose to get your abrasion session at a professional, you can expect to pay quite a lot per visit since they handle your skin from washing to the final layer of moisture.

Unless you have very sensitive skin, there is no recovery time and you can be out of the clinic as soon as the treatment is done. You just have to be careful not to wash your face until the next day and lessen exposure to pollution as your pores are open.

Dermabrasion Facial


Basically the same as microdermabrasion but with a stronger tool, anaesthesia and longer recovery time. The process also involves:

  • Skin examination
  • Skin preparation
  • Standard clinic facial treatment
  • Anaesthesia
  • Dermabrasion session
  • Intensive moisturizing
  • Face dressing
  • Aftercare maintenance
  • Follow-up Checkup

The recovery time, though is quite long and can last up to two weeks. Your face has to be dressed and moisturizing mist or creams to help heal you can be used. You need to go for follow-up checkups to see if you’re healing well. Scabs can form while your skin recovers and you have to be indoors, away from the sun and in a very clean environment.

Body Microdermabrasion


With this treatment, you turn the tool on a part of or your whole body to eliminate body acne and minor scars. Here’s what’s usually done with a full treatment suite:

  • Skin examination
  • Hair removal (if necessary)
  • Skin preparation
  • Body microdermabrasion
  • Moisturizing care

Dermatologists recommend you return for several treatments to get the results you want. You usually don’t get the whole body glow from this exfoliating treatment after one session since the skin of our body is thicker than that of our face. There is no recovery time and this treatment may last 15 minutes to two hours depending on the intensity and skin area.

Hydro Microdermabrasion


For patients with extra sensitive skin or who do not want their dermis rubbed with crystals (however miniscule), there is hydro microdermabrasion that uses intense, tiny jets of water to exfoliate the top layer of the skin.

  • Skin examination
  • Skin preparation
  • Standard clinic facial treatment
  • Microdermabrasion session using water
  • Intensive moisturizing

What this treatment boasts compared to traditional exfoliation is that while the dead skin cells and top, old layer of the dermis is blasted away by the thin jets of water, you get intense moisturization. Instead of suctioning off the residue, it gets swept away by the water and your pores get the full benefit of the abrading solution. Definitely a gentler alternative.

Oxygen Microdermabrasion


Instead of crystals or water, you get pure oxygen in small jets from a tool similar to traditional microdermabrasion. Touted as the the newest, gentlest and most effective of all the treatments, it exfoliates the skin and tries to achieve that healthy glow you get after regular exercise since it reverse oxygenates the skin.

  • Skin examination
  • Skin preparation
  • Standard clinic facial treatment
  • Microdermabrasion session using an oxygen tool
  • Intensive moisturizing

Another great thing to know about this type of treatment is that the oxygen molecule can really penetrate the skin layers since they are quite small—smaller than water molecules or saline solution. Take note that this can only be achieved using pure oxygen—nothing else.

Home Microdermabrasion


This really is no different from what’s done at the clinic but with cheaper, less technical and less powerful tools. Doing your exfoliating at home, though, lets you do it more often and is a great supplement to your clinic visits.

Keep in mind that microdermabrasion can usually be done with other treatments like ionisation and IPL hair removal since the former is quite mild. Dermabrasion, on the other hand, is done on its own to let your skin handle only one major change.

What Does Microdermabrasion Do Exactly?


Reading the marketing can be misleading, especially if you aren’t talking to a dermatologist. Just like any medical treatment, it’s best that you ask your doctor what it can do particularly for your skin as results vary case-to-case.

Benefits of Microdermabrasion

According to WebMD and the American Academy of Dermatology, here’s what you can expect to get from a successful series of treatments:

1. ?Brighter, lighter complexion


Since it removes dead skin cells along with the top layer of our skin, new, healthy and younger skin is revealed. If you lack sleep, are stressed or have tired skin from wearing too much makeup, the treatment can definitely make you look refreshed and give you better skin after just one session.

2. Improved acne scars


If you’ve just recovered from a normal bout of acne, you can expect that your scars will fade after a few treatments. Keep in mind that normal acne scarring is different from deep scars that cannot have the same results.

3.Even skin tone


This usually happens thanks to sun damage, minor acne and using cosmetics that don’t agree with your skin. Taking off the top layer normalizes your skin color since you’re looking for the layer just underneath the top.

4. Lessened Melasma


Dermatologists may find it hard to pinpoint the one thing that causes melanoma for your case, but microdermabrasion can improve your skin. What does microdermabrasion do for people with melasma? You eventually get the real skin tone underneath the sun damage and hormone triggers.

5. Faded age spots


As we age, our skin has trouble handling ultraviolet light and other free radicals which results in live spots or age spots. Since these are only found on the top layer of the skin, microdermabrasion benefits include fading and lessening the pigmentation. You’ll need more than one session, though.

6. Better skincare product performance


Sometimes, dermatologists administer microdermabrasion so that skincare products like creams, serums, lotions and essences penetrate more deeply into the skin. After the exfoliation, your skin’s pores are open and exposed. This is the best time to slather your face with highly-effective products since you know they’re pulled deeply into the lower layers of your skin.

7. Improve stretch marks


For extremely sensitive skin that suffers from stretch marks, microdermabrasion is a gentle way to exfoliate the dermis before administering fading creams and treatments. Take note that the microdermabrasion itself is not the main factor in fading stretch marks, but it helps enhance the whole process.

Microdermabrasion Risks


No matter how gentle or great it is, it’s still a medical treatment that has risks and side effects. For people with extremely sensitive skin, it can cause redness, swelling and even complications.

Since it’s also the gentler treatment compared to dermabrasion, it’s costly thanks to the series of sessions you need to see results. What’s more, your own lifestyle can saobtage the results. If you don’t sleep well, eat healthy and exercise, your newly-resurfaced skin can just go back to the unhealthy state your old top layer of skin was in.

This means you have to start again with a new round of intensive treatment. Microdermabrasion and dermabrasion are not cure-alls.

Is Microdermabrasion Safe?


If you’re pregnant, dermatologists will not give you this treatment and will advise you from using home tools, no matter how gentle. This is because of the hormonal imbalance and the increased skin sensitivity pregnant women have.

Microdermabrasion can actually harm you more than help you during pregnancy as your skin and hormones could react badly to getting the top layer of your dermis rubbed off. You may get worse melasma, massive breakouts and even more uneven skin tone.

For everyone else, this procedure is safe unless you have existing skin conditions like psoriasis, rosacea, ringworm, vitiligo and other skin diseases that send red flags up during your skin examination.

It is also unsafe for people who are using acne medication, have cold sores, have rashes or are taking retinoids. These cause complications to your skin too much when used with this skin resurfacing treatment.

Does Microdermabrasion Hurt?

You may feel like a soft toothbrush is being rubbed against your skin. For others with higher pain tolerance or less sensitive skin, you may feel like your pet is licking your face. It really differs per person and a lot has to do with what you expect when you go in for treatment.

If you think it’s going to hurt, then you’ll most probably feel it more keenly. Keep in mind that you can’t take painkillers before, during or after the procedure as this can affect the treatment.

You may also feel like your skin has a slight burning sensation, extra sensitivity and swelling after the procedure that may take a few hours to subside. Keep away from direct sunlight, polluted and dusty areas as well as pets until your skin feels normal again.

How Does Microdermabrasion Improve Acne Scarring?


Since this treatment is all about skin resurfacing, it can help improve your acne scars. Light acne may fade into darkspots if they’ve subsided or they’ve been pricked and healed correctly by a dermatologist.

When you use microdermabrasion for acne scars, it gets rid of the old, scarred top layer of skin to reveal the healthier skin underneath.

You have to understand, though, you can’t get what you want with just one session of microdermabrasion. Acne scars might fade after one or two sessions and be gone much later, depending on your skin type and the procedure.

Dermabrasion for acne scars is a more aggressive and effective treatment, but keep in mind that this really puts you out of commission for weeks as your skin heals.

How About Microdermabrasion For Stretch Marks?


Stretch marks happen when the elastin fibres in your skin layers break from excessive stretching due to pregnancy and dramatic skin changes. Keep in mind that the top layer of the skin is the main concern of microdermabrasion. Stretch marks can sure benefit from this procedure but up to a lesser degree than expected.

You can expect fading and lightening, but nothing drastic. Supplement the skin treatment with exercise, a healthy diet and fading creams and you may see results in a few months’ time.

Microdermabrasion: Before and After


What do you essentially get after microdermabrasion and dermabrasion?

Before your first session, your skin may feel heavy, look dull and have numerous spots thanks to acne scars, melasma and old age. Your stretch marks can be red or purple.

Before and after microdermabrasion, your skin will still retain its original tone. The uneven tones will normalise eventually.

The microdermabrasion results you can expect after the first session are basically nil. You need a few more (4 to 6) to see any results. You will feel refreshed and have bouncier and more elastic skin, though, even after the first session because of the creams and other treatments.

Take a look at how the slight spots and scarring are gone in this set of photos. Here’s how wrinkles are affected by this skin resurfacing treatment. People with melasma or shallow acne scars should take a look here and see how microdermabrasion has helped.

You have to understand that microdermabrasion before after results always vary and you have to ask your doctor for specific effects on your skin.

Math Time: What is the True Cost of Microdermabrasion and Skin Resurfacing?


Lots of things can affect the cost of microdermabrasion. Here are some things to consider:

  • Location of the clinic
  • Facilities
  • Dermatologist’s experience and credentials
  • Follow-up services
  • Other services in the skin treatment package
  • Serum, cream or product you choose to use
  • Skin type and complications

The microdermabrasion cost could be just part of a whole treatment that your dermatologist designs for you. Don’t be afraid to go to another skin clinic and ask, “How much is microdermabrasion?” so you can decide between services.

How Much Does Microdermabrasion Cost if you Want to do it Regularly?


Market prices nowadays range from $100 to $150 for full treatments. This means one session of cleansing, examination, treatment, skin resurfacing, steaming, massage and whatever other service the dermatologist wants you to have.

You may also be asked to purchase creams and serums to maintain your skin until the next session that can be included or separate from the package fee. These creams can cost anything from $15 to $100 depending on the clinic and the doctor you see.

Doctors recommend that you go for a treatment every week for the first few months and when the results have become apparent after 6 sessions, to lessen the frequency. Keep in mind that you have to exercise, eat healthy, hydrate and have a good skincare regimen at home to maintain your skin.

Are you Ready for your Microdermabrasion Session?

Hopefully, you’ve gotten a good grasp on what microdermabrasion and dermabrasion and you’re ready for your first session. Don’t forget to ask your doctor for follow-up sessions and how to best maintain your newly-resurfaced skin.

Blog Source: Skin Tightening Sage

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