All about microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a form of skin exfoliation which involves mechanical exfoliation of the skin’s outermost layer, the so called epidermis. The same way as grinding on uneven surface with fine sandpaper. Therefore, by grinding away the outer layer of the skin, it stimulates reconstruction of new healthy skin.

Mechanical exfoliation is a well-proven method that can be performed superficial such as microdermabrasion or deeper into the skin such as dermabrasion. The deeper you go, the bigger change can be expected and therefore may increase risk of complications.

Microdermabrasion is a gentle method to refresh the skin and to some extent reduce superficial wrinkles, acne, sun damage, pigmentation, uneven skin tone, fine lines and pores.

What can I expect of a microdermabrasion?

Before performing a microdermabrasion it is important to be aware of a few things:

  • The results are superficial because it only affects the epidermis
  • Initially, a series of 5-8 treatment sessions is required
  • To maintain the results achieved, treatment should be performed every three months

Microdermabrasion is suitable for patients of all ages and most skin types. However, some skin problems cannot be dealt with Microdermabrasion. In some cases, the skin may even worsen of the treatment. For example, people with rosacea or other hypersensitivity in the skin should not perform microdermabrasion.

How microdermabrasion treatment is performed

Microdermabrasion treatments are offered anywhere from spa’s to skin care clinics. They are performed mainly on the face but also on the body. The treatment is simple, painless, controlled and no anesthesia is needed.

If the purpose of your treatment is to reduce a skin problem rather than getting a general freshening of an already healthy skin it is recommended that you first see a dermatologist for evaluation.

The skin is gently blasted

Microdermabrasion is performed with a small tip over the skin, just like a mini vacuum cleaner. A vaccum is formed between the skin and the tip while small crystals blow out with a certain pressure. The crystals scrape away the outer layer of the skin through a gentle blasting.

After the exfoliation a new outer layer (epidermis) is built up, while the collagen production in the skin’s lower layer (dermis) is stimulated. The treatment can take anywhere from 5 to 60 minutes, depending on skin type, problems and goals of treatment.

A microdermabrasion treatment as mentioned earlier is a simple treatment. Generally, no recovery time is needed and you can return to normal activities immediately.

Most often, there is a slight reddening of the skin that lasts for an hour. The skin can also start to flake easily, to what extent depends on the intensity of the treatment.

Potential complications

There is a risk for infection if you exfoliate so deep that wound fluid occurs. When wounds become skin cruts, the skin should be kept untouched until it falls by itself.

During the healing process, you are extra susceptible to sunburn. It is important to avoid direct sunlight and use a high sun protection factor such as SPF 20 and above in the following weeks to avoid hyperpigmentation. For people with darker skin tone there is an increased risk of hyperpigmentation.

Prices for microdermabrasion

The price for a microdermabrasion treatment is between £40 to £60 per treatment session. The treatment is usually more expensive in bigger cities than small towns. You can also expect to pay more at a dermatologist office than a beauty salon.

Since a treatment often includes 5-6 treatment sessions you can count a total cost of £200-300.

More alternatives and options for microdermabrasion

The information about microdermabrasion should be viewed as general guidance and cannot replace a professional consultation. It has been examined by dermatologist Tore Nilsen from Vaxsjo Medical Center.

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