In recent years, microdermabrasion facials have gained popularity for promising clear and youthful skin. Unlike chemical peels, which are painful and require downtime, microdermabrasion treatments are less invasive. They are helpful in removing acne scars, promoting collagen production, and minimizing age spots and fine lines. While microdermasion is safe, there are a few important things to consider. Use these guidelines to understand what's involved before committing to the treatment.
Microdermabrasion basically means that an abrasive substance is applied to the skin to remove dead skin cells. In most microdermabrasion treatments, a trained practitioner applies a blast of aluminum oxide crystals onto the skin using a high pressure nozzle. The crystals are then removed using a suction device. The result is removal of the outer layer of skin, revealing new skin underneath.
It can be done on any part of the body, but most women perform it on their face. The procedure takes less than an hour, and there are minimal side effects. Most women can return to work and carry on their day as planned.
Where to Go
Because of its popularity, microdermabrasion is performed at a variety of clinics, spas, and dermatology offices. It's important to know, however, that not all treatments are the same. There are different licensing requirements for spas and doctor's offices, so some treatments may not be offering the same procedure. In some cases, imitation treatments are touted as microdermabrasion when in fact, they are little more than basic exfoliation. Do your research on a facility to ensure you will get the treatment you expect. Use a dermatologist or friend recommendation, and read facility reviews before making a commitment.
It's also possible to buy microdermabrasion kits which can be used at home, but the immediate and long-term effects are not the same as the professional treatment.
While the treatment has many benefits in correcting skin issues, there are a few negatives. Your skin may become irritated, red, or infected afterwards. Itchiness and peeling is common for 24 to 48 hours. And women prone to cold sores may experience an outbreak.
In addition, microdermabrasion should be performed multiple times several weeks apart to achieve maximum benefit. This means that the cost can accumulate over time. There is great variation in the cost depending on facility, but generally, prices range between $80 and $200 per treatment. Several treatments over six months could become an overwhelming expense.
Before and After Treatment
Before the treatment, stop using exfoliants and stop smoking a week ahead of time. On the day of, consider applying EMLA, which is a numbing cream that can reduce discomfort. It should be taken one hour beforehand. If you suffer from cold sores, let the practitioner know.
After the treatment, it's vital to apply sunscreen before you have any sun exposure. Because the outer layer of skin has been removed, the new skin is extremely sensitive and vulnerable to the sun's rays. Finally, avoid wearing any makeup, lotions, or creams after the treatment for 48 hours. This means you'll have to consider your activities and events after the treatment when you schedule.