Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure. It involves a skin care specialist removing the top layer of skin with a small hand-held device.
Microdermabrasion can exfoliate the skin, reduce signs of aging, and make the skin appear more even. The procedure is safe for all skin types.
A healthcare professional usually performs the procedure, but some stores sell at-home kits.
In this article, we will take a detailed look at microdermabrasion and its effects. We will also describe how to prepare, the possible side effects, and the differences between this procedure and dermabrasion.
What is microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a noninvasive cosmetic procedure. The specialist sprays or rubs fine crystals onto the skin with a wand that gently exfoliates the surface, removing the top layer. The aim is to make the skin appear younger.
The procedure should not be painful. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) estimate that it takes 30–40 minutes for the face and 20 minutes for the neck. Afterward, there may be slight swelling or sunburn-like symptoms for a few days.
Before seeing reduced signs of aging, a person may require between 5 and 16 treatments from a skin care specialist.
People can have treatments weekly, every 2 weeks, or monthly, depending on their skin type and the reason for treatment.
Most people request microdermabrasion to rejuvenate the complexion of the face and neck, but a specialist can perform the procedure on any area of skin.
Uses and benefits
The goal of microdermabrasion is to make a person’s complexion smoother, brighter, and more even in color.
People often request microdermabrasion to address:
dullness in the complexion
uneven skin tone
uneven skin texture
dark spots that can form after acne clears up
melasma, a common issue that forms dark spots or patches on the skin
Dermatologists may also use microdermabrasion to enhance the results of anti-aging or skin-bleaching products. The procedure can help these products penetrate the skin.