What Does Microdermabrasion Do?

What are the benefits of microdermabrasion? I considered many skin rejuvenation procedures before I finally settled for microdermabrasions. I meticulously drew up a list and carefully weighed the pros and cons. However, the convenience, cost and safety of microderm abrasions are irrelevant if it doesn't do what you need.

Generally, micro dermabrasion results can include: improvement in the appearance of acne-prone or blotchy skin, removal of fine scars or wrinkles, rhytides, milia or sebaceous hyperplasia and enlarged pores becoming smaller. Sun-damaged skin or uneven texture can also improve as a result of microdermabrasion treatment.

Benefits and Results of Microdermabrasion

I'm not a person to take risks lightly which is why I wanted to first try a procedure that's safe, even if less effective (I could always up the effectiveness with a chemical peel or laser afterwards). Micro abrasion is the safest rejuvenation procedure because it's the least invasive (aggressiveness and effectiveness go hand in hand).

Microdermabrasions use hand-held devices to spray and circulate high-pressure micro crystal flow onto the skin. The machine mixes gentle dermal abrasion with suction in order to remove the outer skin layer (10-15 microns). Now, because this skin layer only has dead cells glued together, it doesn't do any damage to the live tissue underneath (the risk of injury, bruising or complications is slim and no scalpels or chemicals, except for the micro-crystals, are used).

Unlike dermabrasion or laser skin resurfacing, micro dermabrasion takes no more than 30-60 minutes. It takes about an hour for a full neck and face micro dermabration but it only takes about 30 mins for smaller areas. It takes a few hours for most of the redness to subside before I can go back to do my errands and two-three days for my skin to recover completely.

A first full facial treatment can have good results but I needed three series for a serious improvement. In between times, when money was tight, I used over-the-counter microdermabrasion kits to maintain the effect (there are many brands available Youthful Essence, Mary Kay, L'Oreal, Oil of Olay, Homedics, etc). Except for chemical peels, no other resurfacing procedure has an at-home version.

I have a low pain threshold which meant that any rejuvenation procedure that hurts during and after was out of the question. Micro abrasion only made my face tingle and itch which is something I could put up with. I can have micro dermabrasion virtually anywhere on my face and body (neck, chest, back and hands), with a few exceptions (like eye lids).

Another important benefit is that microdermabrasion can be performed on all skin types and colors (including sensitive skin and African American skin, although microderm on darker skin carries some risk), without significant side effects. Other cosmetic procedures (like laser resurfacing and chemical peels) are not recommended for skin types 4, 5 and 6 (dark and black skin), because they are invasive and could affect the skin's color balance.

It's also easy getting ready and recovering from microbrasion and the contraindications are fewer than with other procedures.

How Much Does Microdermabrasion Cost?

The one million dollar question! Being a non-surgical procedure, microdermabrasion is cheaper than other skin rejuvenating procedures. For example, dermabrasion or laser resurfacing sessions can cost over $2,000. The average cost of microderma is $100 per session (you may need around 10 microdermabrasions for best results) at a spa or doctor's office and between $20-$50 for a home microdermbrasion system.

Next, a few tips on do-it-yourself microdermabrasion.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is Micro Dermabration Recommended On Tattoos?

A: You can use microdermabration on tattooed skin with no risk or side effects. This skin resurfacing technique is too mild to remove tattoos.

Q: Can Microderm Abrasion Work For Sun Spots?

A: Micoderm abrasion product removes the outermost layer of the skin by sandblasting it with a jet of micro crystals. During the procedure, part of the pigment is physically eliminated and, at the same time, collagen production is stimulated so that your skin regains its density and elasticity. After 6 to 12 derma microabrasion treatments, smaller sun spots are entirely removed while larger ones fade significantly.

Q: Does Micro Abrasion Work On Acne Prone Skin?

A: Personal micro dermabration cream is safe and effective for many patients with acne-prone skin, but if your skin breaks out a lot or you suffer from moderate to severe acne then this procedure is not the solution for you (the exfoliating process may cause irritation and further breakouts). Some people with acne-prone skin have found that some or all personal microderma kits makes them breakout. This could be caused by certain ingredients found in the micro-crystal cream and is not necessarily linked to the way microdermabrasion works. If OTC kits make you breakout, consider professional microbrasion.

Q: Can Microdermal Abrasion Work After Chemical Peels?

A: Micro dermal abrasion is not recommended if you've had chemical peeling (glycolic acid, salicylic acid, phenol, TCA, Jessner or any other kind of peel) in the last 14 days because the two exfoliating procedures combined are too aggressive and might affect your skin's ability to recover. This applies to personal creams and professional treatment.

Q: How Can Micro Dermal Abrasion Help With Rosacea?

A: Rosacea is one of the main contraindications of microdermabrasion, because the exfoliation process worsens rosacea symptoms (redness, itchiness, flaking). Home microderm abrasions tools are not recommended either (even though they are milder).

Q: Microdermbrasion Is It Good?

A: According to thousands of online testimonials, dermatologist office microderm abrasian is good on fine skin imperfections. But like with most non-surgical techniques, the effects depend on your medical condition, your body's ability to recover and on who does the procedure. Most people who have tried micro derma brasion say the treatment worked well in removing sun spots, fine lines, enlarged pores, acne scars, red marks, stretch marks and dull skin More serious skin imperfections cannot be treated with this non-invasive technique, because it only removes the top layer of the skin, not being able to reach deeper layers of skin.

Q: Are There Side Effects With Micro Abrasion?

A: Dermatologists and patients alike agree that microderm has very few side effects, like temporary discoloration of the treated area, sun sensitivity, flaking and redness. These are not abnormal reactions, but you should discuss them with your doctor if they occur.

Q: What Does Micro Dermabration Do On Freckles?

A: Freckles are a form of hyper pigmentation. They can be removed through several sessions of microdermoabrasion. The micro-crystal flow abrades the top layer of the skin where unevenly pigmented skin cells are stuck.

Q: Does Microabrasion Help If I Have Lupus?

A: Lupus patients should not have microderm abrasian This procedures is somewhat invasive to the skin (any skin rejuvenation treatment is to some extent) and can worsen their condition. This applies to personal as well, despite its mild effect.

Q: Does Oil Of Olay Microdermbrasion Work?

A: The OTC microderm abrasian set from Oil Of Olay works for some people and doesn't work for others. There are many happy customers who say that Oil Of Olay set does make their skin look younger and feel smother. On the other hand, there are some unhappy costumers who say the kit is either too harsh, causing them irritations or break outs, or not very effective in diminishing fine scars and wrinkles. The only way to find out if the set works for you is to try to get a free sample and test the formula on your skin.