Microdermabrasion is a common anti-aging and skin rejuvenation treatment that relies on physical exfoliation. Spa specialists and dermatologists both use the method to clean the skin, regain its elasticity and youth, and to help clients feel healthy and confident. So much can get in the way of recognizing our beauty in the mirror. Unfortunately, the skin is one of the most features we face and while years of practicing self-love can help, problematic skin can still take a toll on self-worth. Even when skin tones are smooth and the complexion is clear, boosting collagen and glow in the onlooker’s complexion helps remind clients of their beauty is always radiating from within. Microdermabrasion is one of the many treatments that clients love for renewing skin, minimizing problematic areas and regaining their naturally gorgeous glow. Follow along to learn more about the treatment.
What Is Microdermabrasion?
As previously addressed, microdermabrasion is a type of physical exfoliation that is used both cosmetically and medically. The treatment essentially removes the top layer of skin, removes all dead skin cells and trapped oils or bacteria, and invites a new and renewed layer of skin to grow to the surface.
Who Administers the Treatment?
Practicing dermatologists will perform microdermabrasion at a deeper level and in a manner that produces more intense results. Because the dermatologist is trained to execute the facial in the most problematic skin areas. They can also use this intense exfoliation to help clients clear acne and achieve results that would not be possible as a typical spa treatment. Estheticians and trained specialists at the spa also perform microdermabrasion facials, but usually with a focus on cleansing and renewing. The client will still see incredible results, but the after-effects of the treatment such as a red face will clearly more quickly than they would with clinical Microderm experience. You can rely on both professionals to safely perform the treatment; what is important is that your goals for the facial align with the practitioner’s experience and training.
Microdermabrasion Facial Benefits
The benefits of getting microdermabrasion are many more than simply achieving younger, glowing skin (though of course, this is a remarkable result). Clients opt for the intense exfoliation for a variety of reasons, from dull skin tones to ongoing acne. Let’s have a look at some of the biggest benefits of the facial so you can determine if this treatment is right for you.
Benefits of Microdermabrasion
- Remove dull skin
- Clear dead cells, oils, and trapped bacteria
- Smooth skin and removes the coarse texture
- Minimize pores
- Soften fine lines
- Fade scars
- Fade brown spots
- Promote collagen creation
- Promote new cell production
- Treat acne
What Does Microdermabrasion Do?
To achieve this many benefits, microdermabrasion uses one of two methods to remove the top layer of skin (thus removing all bacteria and causes of skin problems) and encourage the skin to rise and shine to the surface. One method is called a crystal microdermabrasion. In this version, micro-crystals are blasted across the surface of the skin to dissolve the top layer and work the ensuing magic. The second is called the non-crystal, this second version utilizes a tool to manually remove the top layer of skin. Which course of treatment you get is at the discretion of the provider – they’ll likely be trained in one or the other and offer what’s best for both your skin and for receiving their skill expertise.
Who Is a Candidate for Microdermabrasion?
At the consultation of your provider, microdermabrasion is a treatment method available to all.
Are There Contraindications for Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is believed to have positive effects on ongoing acne. However, the treatment is not used during active breakouts as it can cause the breakout to last longer and possibly spread bacteria.
Microdermabrasion for Acne Scarring
Using microdermabrasion for acne scarring is an excellent option and one that clients choose time and time again. The treatment is minimally invasive, making it an ideal choice for clients whose ongoing acne has left their skin delicate. Softer treatments can be applied consistently to slowly remove the superficial layers of skin and encourage the flawless skin within to regenerate, rise and even out the complexion. If you are considering microdermabrasion for your acne scarring, it’s important to discuss your intentions with your dermatologist. Whether they are the ones performing the treatment or not, your dermatologist is intimately familiar with your skin and can guide you along with your safest facial treatment decisions.
Will Microdermabrasion Remove Dark Spots?
Uneven pigmentation causes an unpleasant self-view in many people. If you suffer from dark spots or hyperpigmentation, you are familiar with the longing for a smoother, even skin tone. Many clients use microdermabrasion in combination with other pigmentation therapies to achieve one even skin tone.
Should I Get Microdermabrasion?
If you are in search of a minimally invasive facial that can help restore your skin, reduce scarring, even pigmentation and promote collage, microdermabrasion is a treatment to consider. Speak with your provider about your skin history, skin goals and all possible treatment options. If they don’t suggest microdermabrasion, bring it up to find out if it’s a potential choice and if it’s a safe facial treatment for you.
Let Us Know About Your Microdermabrasion Facial
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Dr. Semone Rochlin
To learn more about microdermabrasion treatment and other facials that treat scarring and pigmentation, reach out to our friendly experts at Dr. Semone Rochlin. Our licensed medical laser esthetician Tammy Cullumber will happily consult you on the best treatment options for your skin history and goals. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you regain your healthy skin and confident glow.