How Microdermabrasion Works to Enhance Your Skin

Aesthetics Daily – Dead skin cells will accumulate slowly with age. On the other hand, collagen which is useful for giving strength and elasticity to the skin will be reduced. In order for the skin to stay healthy and look brighter, dead skin cells need to be removed by exfoliating. There are aesthetic dermatology procedures to remove dead skin cells, one of which is microdermabrasion.

It comes from 2 words, ‘micro’ which means small and ‘dermabrasion’ which means mechanical exfoliation. In addition, microdermabrasion is highliy useful for stimulating the growth of new collagen. Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive treatment because it only exfoliates the outermost layer of skin cells. As a result, microdermabrasion can increase blood flow to the skin and accelerate the production of new healthy skin cells.

What is Microdermabrasion?

A dermatological procedure that gently removes the top layer of skin (epidermis) is called microdermabrasion. Generally, performed by a dermatologist or beautician, microdermabrasion is useful for fading acne scars, brightening dull skin tone, and evening out skin tone. Taking about 30 minutes, microdermabrasion is usually painless.

For maximum results, the patient may need several sessions as recommended by the doctor. Microdermabrasion which can also be combined with another treatments consists of 2 types, namely crystal microdermabrasion and diamond microdermabrasion.

Working the same way, both types of microdermabrasion cleanse dead skin cells deeply with crystals or diamond tips while encourage the regeneration of a fresher layer of the epidermis. The result you get, skin is smoother and younger than ever. Suitable for all skin types and tones, microdermabrasion won’t cause scarring or discoloration.

With a faster downtime, it is less aggressive than traditional dermabrasion. Whats’ more, microdermabrasion does not require medication or needles to numb the skin.

Process of Microdermabrasion

There are two methods to choose, of which microdermabrasion can work – rubbing a crystal or diamond-tipped wand against the skin and firing the crystals under high pressure onto the skin’s surface. The latter, usually only available in aesthetic clinics or dermatologist offices.

Microdermabrasion works by exfoliating dead skin cells, removing skin cells and dirt that has accumulated on the skin. Additionally, microdermabrasion involves a vacuum mechanism, of which exfoliating crystals along with loose dirt and dead skin cells are drawn back into the device.

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This process will result in skin that looks fresher and younger. In one treatment, patients can feel great skin improvement. But most people need a series of treatments that are spaced several weeks apart. Your doctor may recommend that you get 2 treatments in a month. Furthermore, you may need monthly treatments for maximum results.

After the session, your skin may experience redness which will usually go away on its own. Your skin will dry out due to the removal of dead skin cells during the treatment. This can be overcome with daily moisturization.

There is minimum downtime after microdermabrasion treatment. This means, after treatment, you can return to your normal activities. Usually, doctors recommend using sunscreen because the skin will be more sensitive a few days after treatment.

The Benefits of Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is able to reverse the effects of sun damage. Moreover, it helps to clean and tighten pores, smooth out uneven skin tone and texture, and minimize signs of aging.

The results of microdermabrasion can last for months. You need a good skin care regimen to help maintain maximum results. This is useful for ensuring your skin is protected from the environment and well hydrated.

Safe and effective for all skin types, microdermabrasion exerts ultra-fine exfoliating crystals and does not damage the skin’s surface. There is no risk of scarring or infection because microdermabrasion does not require anesthesia or incisions.


It should be underlined, microdermabrasion is fairly safe, especially when performed by an experienced esthetician. Microdermabrasion recovery time is not very long usually it only takes a few hours. Microdermabrasion is not as harsh and risky as chemical peels or laser procedures.

Your skin problem determines how often you need to get treatment. The doctor or professional will commonly recommend the number of sessions tailored to your needs.

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