What is microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a skin renewal treatment that bombards the skin with tiny microparticles of aluminum oxide, helping loosen dead, dry, damaged skin. It suctions the debris away, leaving behind smoother, softer skin that looks fresher and more rejuvenated.
Microdermabrasion can be a good option for helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and scars, as well as other problems that occur as a result of sun damage.
It can also promote the development of collagen within the deeper skin layers. Collagen helps skin retain its firmness and elasticity. As collagen production slows down with age, a microdermabrasion treatment can help stimulate new collagen development, so improvements in skin texture persist long after treatment.
What issues can microdermabrasion treat?
Because it gently removes the outermost layers of damaged skin, microdermabrasion treatments can be effective in treating issues associated with:
- Sun Damage
- Hyperpigmentation (dark spots and freckles)
- Fine lines
- Scars, including mild acne scars
- Unclogging pores (clarifying skin so breakouts are reduced)
- Reducing pore size
- Evening out skin texture and tone
What happens during a microdermabrasion treatment?
Microdermabrasion treatment sessions begin with a gentle cleansing of the skin to remove excess oil and other surface impurities.
Then the handheld microdermabrasion device is moved across the surface of the skin, releasing a steady stream of microparticles to provide gentle abrasion, removing the damaged, upper layers of skin. An integrated suction action removes debris as soon as it’s loosened, revealing fresher, brighter, healthier skin beneath.
Following the procedure, soothing creams containing sun-blocking agents are applied to protect the skin as it heals. Treatment time depends on the size of the treatment area, but most treatments take under a half-hour to perform.