Some cosmetic procedures are extensive, requiring sedation, surgery, and significant recovery time. Others are minimally invasive but not effective. Microdermabrasion sits squarely in the middle of this spectrum. This cosmetic procedure can help lessen the appearance of small scars such as those from acne or chickenpox. At the same time, it has milder side effects –perfect for busy people who can’t afford any post-procedure downtime.
Knowing what to expect can help you decide whether microdermabrasion is appropriate for you. For many, microdermabrasion can really take the years off.
How Microdermabrasion Works
Microdermabrasion is a procedure that gently scrubs away the outer layers of the skin. These layers are composed of dead cells that serve to protect the more delicate inner layers of the skin. However, superficial scars and imperfections are also in these layers. Through careful removal of these layers, healthier-looking layers can evolve.
Many microdermabrasion procedures involve a handheld probe with a diamond-based tip. The tip is gently placed on the skin to remove dead skin cells. A suction nozzle near the tip then sucks the cells as they are sloughed off.
In some procedures, a nozzle is used to spray fine crystals of baking soda or aluminum oxide directly on the skin. These crystals rub on the skin surface, exfoliating dead skin cells. Again, a suction nozzle is used to remove dislodged cells.
What to Expect With Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion usually takes under an hour to complete. Very little preparation is required; people need to abstain from medicated skin care products a few days before the procedure.
It requires no form of anesthesia, and patients are free to go home immediately after the procedure. However, people should refrain from excessive UV exposure for a week or two following the process. Due to the removal of the outer skin layers, the treated areas are more sensitive to UV radiation.
The treated areas are usually more pinkish than usual for the first 24 hours after the procedure. However, any discoloration should disappear entirely within a few days. While pain is rare, the skin might feel sensitive and tight, similar to how a sunburn might feel. For this reason, many microdermabrasion techniques end by applying moisturizer.
Common side effects include slight irritation of the skin. Unlike dermabrasion, there is no chance of getting more intense side effects, such as scarring or pain, from microdermabrasion.
Getting the Best Skin Care
Microdermabrasion is just one of the skin care procedures offered by The Vein Institute & MediSpa. Our cosmetic professionals are trained to give you the best care possible. We also make sure to inform you entirely about the pros and cons of each procedure, helping you make the best treatment decisions.
If you live in in the area of Houston, Texas, give us a call at (281) 312-0208 or request an appointment online. Act now to get the youthful skin you deserve!