Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic skin care treatment that appeals to people of all ages. Focusing on skin rejuvenation, it targets anti-aging and acne repair. The procedure is less invasive than a chemical peel or laser treatment, and fewer sessions are needed to refresh the appearance.
There are five major benefits to microdermabrasion. The treatment is quick, painless, safe, effective and appropriate for all skin types. For optimal benefits, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends professional treatment by a skilled dermatologist.
Microdermabrasion tackles skin flaws at the surface level. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), it does not wound skin past the epidermis. A hand-held device delivers small crystals to the skin’s surface, and a diamond-tipped wand suctions them off. Like facials and scrubs, this professional treatment gives skin a healthy glow.
Microdermabrasion is a quick procedure. According to the AAD, most treatments take less than an hour – about 30 minutes for the face and 20 minutes for the neck. Most people need several sessions for optimal results, but some people see results after only two sessions. The ASPS recommends that they complement their treatments with monthly skin care maintenance.
Unlike invasive skin care treatments, microdermabrasion is not a painful procedure. Most people feel a mild scratching or stinging, or they feel a vibration similar to a massage. Like facials, the procedure may leave the skin pink and slightly swollen. However, these side effects are short-lived. Dermatologists recommend moisturizer and sunscreen to protect the new skin layer.
Microdermabrasion is safe in the hands of a skilled dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon. The ASPS says it is far safer than home or spa kits, which lack medical oversight. Professional treatment also provides better results.
Finally, microdermabrasion is effective for all skin types. It treats problems linked to aging skin such as fine lines, discoloration and sun damage. It also benefits people with oily skin, treating blemishes and reducing acne scarring. The Mayo Clinic calls it an effective skin care treatment for a fresh and healthy look.