Microdermabrasion Treatments

Microdermabrasion Treatments

What is meant by microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a procedure used for rejuvenating skin without any invasive methods to restore a healthy glow and freshness to the face. Woman having microdermabrasionThough similar to dermabrasion, this procedure is markedly less aggressive in nature and effectively removes the outermost layer of the skin with the help of a gentle abrasive instrument. There are a number of conditions that can be treated with the help of microdermabrasion treatments including:

–          Mild scarring

–          Pigmentation and uneven tone

–          Skin damaged by excessive exposure to the sun

–          Effective reduction of stretch marks

–          Dull complexion

–          Rough skin

The basic aim of the procedure is not simply to remove the topmost dermal layer, but to promote the growth and development of collagen fibers which help skin remain healthy, firm and smooth. Collagen is a naturally occurring protein, but the production of this protein decreases with increasing age. It is for this reason that after a certain age, individuals start experience problems such as wrinkling, uneven tone and loss of firmness. Microdermabrasion is a procedure used to efficiently correct all these problems by stimulating the production of collagen fibers.


Are there any risks or complications associated with microdermabrasion treatments?

Because microdermabrasion is significantly gentle and less aggressive compared to conventional dermabrasion, it does not pose any serious risks to the patient during or after the treatment. However, there are still certain complications that all surgeons must discuss with their patient prior to surgery. It must be noted that due to the mild nature of this procedure, all possible risks and complications are temporary and subside within a short span of time. Some of the prominent complications associated with microdermabrasion include:

–          Post procedural swelling

–          Change in skin color, or redness

–          Dryness of the skin

–          Flaky appearance

–          Bruising or scarring

–          Skin sensitivity, particularly to sun exposure


What are the steps of a conventional microdermabrasion procedure?

Two types of microdermabrasion methods are being practiced globally today. The first involves the use of a specialized diamond tipped mechanical instrument, while the other uses a handheld device to achieve the desired results. Microdermabrasion Diagram
In the handheld device method, minute exfoliating crystals are streamed out onto the skin and are simultaneously sucked by using a vacuum. Dead skin is also vacuumed back into the device along with these crystals leaving the surface smooth and firm.
The diamond tip instrument method is a contemporary alternate to the former, which works on the same principles but is significantly more efficient.
The duration of microdermabrasion treatments does not last longer than about 30 minutes. The overall procedure also has a calming, soothing effect for the patient as suction mechanism offers a mild massaging sensation while removing dead cells and tissues.

Recovering from Microdermabrasion:

Microdermabrasion procedures are ultra mild and do not damage the skin or surrounding tissues. Surgeons may prescribe medicated moisturizers to prevent itching, dryness or chances of infection. Other topical agents may also be prescribed to promote rapid healing.

Results from Microdermabrasion Treatments (Click here to view Before & After Photographs):

Microdermabrasion treatments results in firmer, smoother and rejuvenated skin free from signs of damage and aging. This treatment does not cause any risks or complications and is a safer, gentler alternative to other skin rejuvenation procedures in cosmetic surgery.
Though the effects are long lasting, it is critical to note that they are not permanent and can be altered by factors such as age, excessive exposure to skin, lack of good skin care and hygiene regime etc.