Our skin regenerates and replaces its old skin cells once they reach a certain phase to maintain its health and overall well-being. The harmful factors present in our surroundings in the form of pollution, dirt, and sun exposure, cause damage to our skin and take a serious toll on it. All these and various other factors affect the condition of our skin almost every day, making it uneven, dull, and dry. Cosmetic skin treatments like Microdermabrasion can renew the skin tone and texture by removing cellular debris and other harmful elements from the skin surface.
The procedure uses an abrasive applicator to gently remove the thick and damaged outer layer of the skin, along with the dead skin cells accumulated in the pores. Other ways to carry on this treatment include using fine particles to exfoliate the skin and remove dead cells and other skin defects. Following are some treatable skin concerns that Microdermabrasion can address:
- fine lines, skin creases, and wrinkles
- hyperpigmentation, age spots, and brown spots
- enlarged pores and blackheads
- acne and acne scars
- stretch marks
- dull-looking skin complexion
- uneven skin tone and texture
- sun-damaged skin, etc.
What is Microdermabrasion, and Why is it a Skin-Perfecting Solution?
Various cosmetic skin treatments have profoundly impacted the aesthetic world with their admirable effectiveness and non-invasive and minimally invasive approaches. Microdermabrasion is among these skin treatments that have a prominent place in the market. This machine-assisted, skin-exfoliating and resurfacing procedure holds various advantages compared to all the traditionally-popular surgical and invasive skin resurfacing procedures. Microdermabrasion produces mild and superficial results by cleaning off the skin and improving its condition in the most gentle way. This skin procedure majorly treats skin conditions, including premature and early aging signs, superficial scarring, and marks.
Although the face is the most common area for microdermabrasion, any skin area, including the neck, chest, back, and hands, is treatable. This versatile treatment allows us to address dry and flaky skin on different body parts. Microdermabrasion is sometimes called “a lunchtime peel” because of how instantly, effectively, and quickly it can show results. It is a pain-free and minimally invasive skin treatment. Your esthetician will carry on the procedure using fine abrasive particles, tools, or vacuum suction. But there is no involvement of needles, incisions, stitches, and even anesthesia. The intensity of the treatment is set-able, and you do not have to worry about discomfort or pain during the procedure. The typical microdermabrasion sessions can last up to 60 minutes. Minimal to no recovery time is mandatory after microdermabrasion, and most people immediately return to daily activity after a session, hence the name “lunchtime treatment.”
Microdermabrasion can help with multiple skin conditions, and so it is a skin fixing and perfecting procedure. You can address aging signs and elongate your skin’s youthfulness with the help of this cosmetic solution. Moreover, the removal of dead skin cells unclogs the pores and improves cell turnover, promoting long-term skin health.
The Difference Between Dermabrasion and Microdermabrasion
Although these treatments are skin resurfacing options present in the market, one is invasive, and the other is not. Microdermabrasion should not be confused with dermabrasion as it is a safe, less painful, and non-invasive alternative to dermabrasion. Dermabrasion treats skin conditions such as deeper and stubborn scars, marks, deep-rooted pigmentation, skin damage, etc. Moreover, dermabrasion requires anesthesia and would be too painful otherwise. Dermabrasion is also performed for certain types of deeply rooted skin concerns.
Since our skin typically regenerates at approximately through cell turnover in 30-day intervals, skin improvement with microdermabrasion is temporary. The results are effective, visible, but short-termed, as our skin sheds off dead cells continuously once they reach their peak lifetime. You can get multiple treatment sessions to achieve your desired results. Typically, each session is spaced two to four weeks apart for continued improvement.
Some post-treatment measures include the use of sunscreen, sun avoidance, and other skin-care creams that yield the best results. Using makeup or non-irritating creams and lotions is allowed as there is no chance of severe side effects. This procedure can increase the efficacy of beauty products as you apply them to your skin by improving absorbance and their impact visibly.
You can expect to see noticeable results immediately after the procedure. The number of microdermabrasion sessions needed will depend on the severity of your skin concerns and your expectations. So be sure to visit a highly-qualified esthetician or medical professional for better evaluation and examination of your skin. Some common side effects that can occur post-treatment include mild redness and skin irritation, but they subside within a few hours. This treatment provides natural-looking results, so you do not have to worry. Cutera Aesthetics can be your companion in your journey toward better skin.