Microdermabrasion is a type of cosmetic surgery that uses light to almost completely remove the outer layer of skin through abrasion. The particles left behind are then vacuumed away using a small wand-like instrument.
This cosmetic surgery is usually done to repair the effects of sun-damaged skin or to make scars or discolorations less noticeable. However, it may not work well on scars that are sunken into the skin. Microdermabrasion does not require anesthesia, and you will not experience much pain during the procedure.
Microdermabrasion is also used to treat people who suffer with severe acne. To be truly effective, however, the procedure must be repeated over a period of time. It can also be helpful in the treatment of stretch marks and wrinkles.
People who have been sunburned, are older, have severe acne scarring, have skin-sensitivity disorders or extensive skin discoloration may not be good candidates for microdermabrasion. Many other kinds of plastic surgery are available to treat such problems. In such cases, a more qualified physician or surgeon should be consulted.
A few days before the microdermabrasion process, you will be given a list of instructions to follow, including no sun exposure in the days leading up to the procedure and stopping all topical creams such as Retinol-A.
After microdermabrasion, you may experience a slight redness all over your face; this reaction generally subsides within an hour after surgery. If the redness persists, you should contact your physician immediately. Peeling in some areas is normal. You will be given a skin-care regimen that must be followed daily. Follow-up treatments ensure that the benefits of this procedure will continue to work. You will be told to use a sunscreen of SPF 15 or more at all times.
Microdermabrasion reduces or eliminates skin damage caused by sun exposure. Pores are reduced in size, fine lines, age spots and wrinkles are erased, and the skin becomes firmer. Your skin will feel smoother and silkier right after treatment.
The risks of microdermabrasion include infections from dirty equipment, or skin perforations if the equipment is used improperly. All risks can be diminished if you find a good quality dermatologist to perform this cosmetic surgery.