The beauty and skincare world is always evolving. There are a ton of skincare products in the market for each and every skin concern. However, skin care doesn’t end with just using the right products. Visiting a dermatologist or skin expert to evaluate the health of your skin and following the right treatment options is essential. While products usually work on the surface of the skin, in-clinic skin treatments like chemical peels, microdermabrasion and laser resurfacing work on the deeper layers of the skin and offer better results. Chemical peels are one of the most popular treatments and a lot of women get them on a regular basis, microdermabrasion, on the other hand is something not everyone has tried.
Whether you have heard about microdermabrasion before or have come across the term just now, you must be curious to know what’s all the fuss about. The treatment looks fairly simple, however, it should only be performed by a dermatologist, who will assess your skin type and problems first and only then decide if you should get the procedure. Since there’s no better way to understand this treatment than with the help of a dermatologist, we consulted Amritsar-based dermatologist, Dr. Ameesha Mahajan of RM Aesthetics, to know more about this treatment. Read on as she explains in detail about the procedure, its benefits, side effects and more.
- What is microdermabrasion?
- Benefits of microdermabrasion
- Microdermabrasion vs. dermabrasion
- Are there any side effects?
- What can I expect after the treatment?
- What is the cost of the procedure?
- FAQs about microdermabrasion
What is microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive, painless treatment which gently exfoliates the top layer of your skin. After a series of treatments, your skin appears smoother, brighter, and more even-toned. There are different techniques and devices which are used, namely crystal microdermabrasion, diamond microdermabrasion and hydradermabrasion. The basic concept in all devices is to exfoliate the dead skin cells and suction them simultaneously. The procedure takes 30-40 minutes and reveals a healthy glow. After the procedure, your skin appears smooth, young and radiant. Depending on their skin type and concern, the expert may recommend the treatment be done every two weeks or monthly.
Benefits of microdermabrasion
1. Improvement in skin texture and dullness:
Since the treatment aims at buffing away your dead skin cells, immediately after the procedure, you can see a difference in the skin texture as the new skin is much smoother and softer. The skin looks more healthy and vibrant. If you are looking for instantly bright and smooth skin, microdermabrasion can help.
2. Reduction in blackheads and acne:
The procedure not only works on removing the top layer of the skin but also blackheads. Think of microdermabrasion as a vacuum cleaner for your pores. With regular sittings, the pores do not get clogged and there is a visible difference in blackheads and new breakouts are also less. So, if you have oily skin with blackheads consider getting microdermabrasion.
3. Acne scars:
Scars left behind by acne take several months to heal, and you can accelerate the process with microdermabrasion. You will notice a mild reduction in acne scars after a number of sittings. The treatment works on almost every skin concern by helping shed off the top layer of the skin.
4. Fine lines:
Signs of ageing have started appearing sooner, with women in their mid and late 20s noticing signs of ageing. Environmental factors like UV rays and pollution are responsible for this. However, with a series of microdermabrasion sittings, you can observe a reduction in fine lines too.
5. Reduced appearance of brown spots:
Brown spots and pigmentation can be a result of sun damage or ageing. But microdermabrasion when combined with chemical peels, can give better results in a reduction of brown spots by enhancing the effectiveness of the peel.
Microdermabrasion vs. dermabrasion
Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive, in-clinic treatment which removes the dead skin layer of the epidermis. It is a small procedure that does not require a lot of time and you can go straight to work after it. It is a very superficial and gentle treatment which can be done by all ages and is suitable for people with any skin colour. Your skin might feel a little sensitive for the next few days, but there is no down time required.
Dermabrasion on the other hand, is an invasive treatment, in which the top layer of the skin is completely removed. It is done in a sterile environment like an OT setup, requires sedation, and has a downtime of 7-10 days. It is usually recommended for acne scars, but it is only suitable for people with fair skin types as it can cause pigmentation in skin of colour.
Are there any side effects?
Usually there are no side effects of the treatment, but skin can turn mild pink, red or swollen post procedure which can stay from half an hour to two hours. Those with sensitive skin type may experience minor bruising which occurs because of the suction. It is best to use a moisturiser and sunscreen post procedure for maximum benefits and protection. Microdermabrasion should not be done if you have eczema, rosacea, lupus or any open wounds on the skin.
What can I expect after the treatment?
As it works on the surface of the skin, there is no recovery time required as such, however your skin may appear pink along with swelling and minor bruising. This will fade in a few hours and you will be left with soft, smooth and glowing skin. However, the results are not permanent. You will have to return after two weeks or a month depending on your skin type. Your skin will feel extra sensitive in the next few days, so don’t forget to wear sunscreen at all times, failing which all your money will go down the drain. Acne creams, toners and some medicated cleansers may burn or sting, so it’s better to not use them for a day or two post treatment.
What is the cost of the procedure?
Depending on the device used and extra add ons like peels, serum infusions or collagen-stimulating devices added to the procedure to enhance the results, the cost can vary from Rs.1000 to 10,000 for a session. If you are looking for the best results, get it done from an experienced dermatologist even if you find it a bit expensive. Some salons and skin spas may offer the procedure at a cheaper price, but when it comes to your skin it’s not worth taking any risks.
FAQs about microdermabrasion
Q. What is microdermabrasion good for?
A. Microdermabrasion works for pretty much every skin concern. Since it buffs away the top layer of the skin, it helps the skin get rid of sun damage, age, spots, fine lines, wrinkles, blackheads and more. People with any skin concern and of any age can get this treatment to experience brighter-looking, renewed skin.
Q. Does microdermabrasion hurt?
A. Again, microdermabrasion works on the surface of the skin, so it shouldn’t hurt. The sensation of the sand-like particles on your skin may feel unusual at first, but it doesn’t hurt at all. If the technician is being a bit heavy-handed, let them know.
Q. How long do the effects of microdermabrasion last?
A. Look at in-clinic procedures as your salon treatment like facials and cleanups. You get them done once or twice a month, right? Similarly, you need to get microdermabrasion once or twice a month. The results can last up to a month but factors like age and how your skin reacts to the treatment also matters. It is recommended to schedule an appointment every 4 weeks for the best results.