If you’re looking for cosmetic treatments to improve skin appearance, microdermabrasion might be the treatment for you. This non-invasive cosmetic treatment rejuvenates the skin by reducing/eliminating signs of aging like wrinkles, fine lines, stretch marks and sun damage.
Our skin is the first line of defense when it comes to the elements, every day dealing with the effects of sun exposure, pollutants in the air, etc. So it’s not surprise that this exposure takes a toll leaving the skin looking weathered and worn. Fortunately, microdermabrasion offers a solution to these overexposure issues, helping to revitalize the skin and make for a more youthful appearance.
What is Microdermabrasion?
Simply stated, microdermabrasion is a non-chemical abrasive procedure that essentially breaks up damaged skin cells to make way for the healthier underlying cells. During the treatment — which typically takes one hour to perform — a fine microcrystal spray is applied to the face, neck or arms to affect these damaged skin cells, making way for a more rejuvenated skin layer.
In addition to helping remove “dead” skin cells, microdermabrasion also helps to promote the development of new, healthy skin cells, with the associated benefit of collagen and elastin which ensure the best looking appearance. There is virtually no downtime associated with the procedure meaning that “recovery” is minimal.
The Microdermabrasion Effect
Microdermabrasion is effective in reversing the common signs of aging (sun damage, wrinkles, stretch marks, fine lines, discoloration, etc.), in addition to other cosmetic issues such as light scarring or other minor pigmentation concerns.
Essentially, microdermabrasion is an excellent treatment for:
- Age spots
- Patches of discolored darker skin (hyperpigmentation)
- Acne and acne scarring
- Enlarged pores
- Reduce or eliminate fine lines or wrinkles
- Remove stretch marks
As we age, the body’s natural supply of collagen diminishes, which furthers the diminished appearance of the skin. By helping to thicken collagen, microdermabrasion helps to make the skin appear more taut, even, smooth and youthful.
Are you a Candidate for Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a highly successful cosmetic procedure, but it’s not an appropriate treatment for everyone. It cannot help offset severe acne scarring or skin discoloration. Nor can it correct advanced signs of aging, sunburns or skin disorders.
Those best suited to microdermabrasion are in the early stages of aging in which fine lines and wrinkles are the primary concern. Unlike some other skin treatments, microdermabrasion is considered safe and effective for all skin tones.
The only way to truly determine whether or not the treatment is right for you is through a consultation with a qualified professional.
Procedure, Aftercare and Recovery
During your microdermabrasion consultation, your doctor will advise you to avoid sun exposure prior to treatment. If you are using topical ointments on or around the treatment area(s), you will be advised to cease use.
The procedure itself can be performed in one of two ways:
- The traditional approach to microdermabrasion involves a small hand-held device that sprays fine crystals across the treatment area, breaking up dead skin cells and removing other minor imperfections. An attached vacuum device simultaneously removes the crystals and “blasted” skin cells.
- A newer approach to microdermabrasion (referred to by some as diamond microdermabrasion) involves the use of a specialized diamond wand, which essentially scrapes off the dead skin cells rather than sand-blasting them off.
Both treatment types offer similar efficacy and are performed in approximately 30 minutes. No anesthesia is required during the procedure, though you may experience a mild scratching sensation.
The procedure is incredibly safe and boasts limited safety concerns. Those who opt for the traditional sand-blast variation of treatment may experience some mild bruising as a result of the vacuum suction. And all microdermabrasion patients will experience heightened skin sensitivity in the immediate aftermath, so it’s important to be wary of too much sun exposure.
After the treatment is completed, the affected area will be reddened for an hour or so. There is essentially no recovery period associated with microdermabrasion meaning that you can return to normal activity immediately. Your doctor may suggest a cream or moisturizer to compliment the treatment and enhance results. Multiple treatments may be required to get the desired results. These results are not permanent, meaning that return visits will be required in order to maintain the rejuvenated look.
What Does Microdermabrasion Cost?
There are many variables at play when it comes to determine the cost of microdermabrasion, including the location in which the treatment was performed, and the unique considerations of the individual undergoing treatment. That said, the average cost of microdermabrasion ranges from $75 to $150 per treatment. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of microdermabrasion in 2014 was $143. This fee does not include any associated fees, such as the cost of anesthesia or other facility fees.
The only way to get a truly accurate cost estimate for microdermabrasion is to speak with a qualified doctor.