One of the most popularskin exfoliation treatments in New Zealand today is microdermabrasion, which has been proven effective in addressing different types of skin conditions. Those who don't want to immediately jump into chemical peeling but want the brighter complexion and skin rejuvenation achieved from removing dead skin cells from the top layer find microdermabrasion to be sufficient for enhancing the skin's texture. In fact, many find it to be life-changing.
But what do microdermabrasion treatments involve, and what exactly can the procedure do for one's skin? Let's talk about the microdermabrasion procedure itself and why so many are raving about it.
What is microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive cosmetic treatment that involves a slightly abrasive process to gently exfoliate the outermost layer of the skin and allow the healthier layer underneath to surface. Depending on the beauty salon, it might involve the use of fine crystals or a diamond tip microdermabrasion tool.
It was developed in the mid-80s by Italian dermatologists and was then adopted by American skin specialists about a decade later. The core process of scraping the top layer of the skin itself dates back to ancient Egyptian times when physicians used a special type of sandpaper to smoothen scars.
How microdermabrasion works
While the process does involve scraping the top layer of skin, it's not considered an invasive treatment, though it does require the use of special tools. Only a skilled and experienced beauty therapist can succeed at safely and properly executing this procedure, so always keep that at top of mind whenever somebody offers home microdermabrasion kits. These things might work, but in the wrong hands, they could do more harm than good.
During the procedure, you will likely be seated in a reclining position or lying face up in a therapy bed. The beauty technician then uses a wand-like device to buff and suction dead skin cells and dirt from the skin, similar to how a power washer works (just to give you a clearer idea). At the end of the treatment, the therapist applies a soothing cream or sunscreen to finish it off.
Is it a safe procedure?
While the name itself includes the word "abrasion," there is nothing invasive about this process, but in the wrong hands and on the wrong skin, it can be detrimental. In fact, those looking for a drastic change in their skin's condition, especially for acne, dark spots, or obvious lines, might not see results immediately.
In addition, if used over skin conditions that shouldn’t be over-exfoliated or over broken capillaries, it can make it much worse. Similarly, very old skin shouldn’t be subjected to strong microdermabrasion due to weakened collagen and elastin. We can recommend other procedures that will best fit this situation.
At this point, it’s important to mention that this is not a magic treatment that will instantly transform your skin after just one session. Microdermabrasion is a gentle process that requires repetition and frequent visits to deliver results over time. When the changes on the skin start to become evident, those who have gone on this relatively safe path to skin rejuvenation through microdermabrasion find that everything is worth the wait.
Who is this cosmetic procedure for?
Microdermabrasion treatment is generally suitable for all skin types and skin concerns, though as mentioned, it might not be for very old skin and skin with over broken capillaries. In addition, the number of sessions needed before significant changes are visible will vary. Whether you want to address acne scars, fine lines, severe acne, stretch marks, sun damage, or just want to have a nice weekly cleaning, in the right professional’s hands, microdermabrasion is a treatment plan that can produce lasting results.
If you are unsure whether this is the best treatment for your skin, consult with aqualified aesthetician first to discuss your options.
Does microdermabrasion hurt?
The procedure should not be painful, in general. However, some might experience slight swelling for a few days which can be easily soothed by prescribed topical creams or cold compress.
Because it is gentle and mild, it could take several treatment sessions before changes become noticeable. It also means that you can have microdermabrasion done as frequently as every week in the short term, depending on your skin condition and skin type. When your skin starts to show significant progress, your beauty therapist can recommend other milder treatments as maintenance.
With frequent visits and careful adherence to your beauty therapist's treatment plan, you will see a significant improvement in your skin. We list down the best five benefits of microdermabrasion that have turned many skincare fanatics into solid converts.
1. Minimal downtime, low risk
While the process involves scraping off the skin's outer layer, it offers the benefit of limited risk and downtime. You can have your procedure done and still be able to get to work or continue activities a couple of hours later. When performed by a skilled technician, you get to enjoy its full benefits safely.
2. Deep cleans pores and removes dead skin cells
Microdermabrasion unclogs the pores and, in effect,improves circulation. It also enables your skin to absorb your prescribed skin care products more effectively.
3. Reduced appearance of dark spots and fine lines
Because dead skin cells will be buffed off, your skin will feel cleaner and smoother. Any marks and lines will gradually be less visible as your skin cells get replaced with healthier ones. Clean skin also means that oxygen and all the nutrients from your treatment and skincare products will have a clear path to rejuvenate and enhance the treated area.
4. Brighter complexion
With your skin all buffed and polished, what's not to love about this procedure? Many find their skin looking brighter and feeling lighter after one or two sessions. Plus, you'll notice that putting on makeup is much easier, almost achieving an airbrushed look simply because you now have a smoother canvas to start with.
5. Suitable for most types of skin
Generally, any type of skin can benefit from this procedure, except, as noted earlier, very old or broken skin. With that said, it is important to understand that results will be gradual and subtle, so multiple or combined treatments might be necessary.
Important note: If you have been using any retinoid treatments, you should give them a restat least two weeks before you have microdermabrasion and two weeks after it. You should also inform your beautician if you tend to scar easily or if you have cold sore breakouts just to be safe.
Real talk about microdermabrasion treatment
So now that you know the basics about this procedure, let’s be extra clear about expectations. Microdermabrasion treatments are not magic treatments that will have your skin looking all sunny and glowing from the first session. Because the changes will be gradual, you can expect results to be apparent after several visits to your beauty therapist, depending on your skin type.
If you don't have any major skin problems, you could see your skin looking brighter after one session, but you will still need to maintain it to make sure that the results are sustainable. After all, there's no magical skincare process that doesn't require regular visits to the therapist, right?
Now can you use at-home microdermabrasion kits, instead? You could, definitely, but understand that results will take much longer and it comes with increased risk. Plus, you're not a trained technician, so it might be more detrimental than beneficial in the long run.
When in doubt, it's always best to consult with a beauty therapist to explore your options. Microdermabrasion is beneficial for most skin types but, depending on your skin condition, your clinician might recommend other adjunct therapies that can help you achieve healthier, glowing skin.
Book an appointment with our friendly and experienced therapists at Lovoir Skin Body & Beauty so we can devise a customized treatment program for you.