Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic treatment that requires minimal downside and offers next-level results. Here’s what to expect from this skin-rejuvenating procedure.

We all want skin that is both radiant and healthy. A good skincare routine, daily SPF use, and regular visits to a dermatologist are a good foundation. But there are various cosmetic procedures that can amplify the results and keep your complexion youthful. One of these treatments is microdermabrasion, which is minimally invasive, requires no downtime, and sessions are under an hour long. Here’s why this procedure is effective at treating a host of different skincare concerns, ranging from signs of aging to hyperpigmentation.

Microdermabrasion: How it works

One of the things many people notice as they get older is that their skin becomes duller and sunspots and wrinkles start to appear. These are just some of the things that microdermabrasion can address. This treatment – which is performed over the course of a few sessions – can:

  • Refine the appearance of pores
  • Minimize the appearance of fine lines
  • Stimulate cell regeneration and tissue repair
  • Address texture and tone concerns for a smooth, even complexion
  • Reduce acne, as well as the appearance of scars

But how does it work? Unlike a chemical peel, microdermabrasion makes use of polishing crystals rather than a cocktail of acids. This treatment has continued to increase in popularity since it first became available in the late ‘90s. Since then, the devices and procedures have become safer and more effective.

Fine crystals are massaged into the skin using a wand, which buffs away the outer layer of skin. Over time, this can improve your complexion and diminish the appearance of dark spots, fine lines and other blemishes. The result? Smooth skin texture, a bright, even tone and a radiant glow.

The treatment itself should not be painful, but it’s important to follow your dermatologist’s instructions leading up to and after each session to ensure that your skin recovers as it should. Sessions are usually under an hour and you can expect to experience mild inflammation and sensitivity for a couple of days afterwards.

Use mild, unscented products as recommended by your healthcare practitioner. It’s also important to wear an SPF as your skin will be more photosensitive over the days following the procedure.

Don’t try this at home

One Google search of the term ‘microdermabrasion’ will bring up a multitude of at-home devices available for purchase. This has led many to question whether this procedure is something that they can DIY to cut costs. This, however, is not a good idea.

The reality is that these gadgets are usually too weak to deliver any significant results. In some cases, they can actually cause damage to your skin instead of rejuvenating it.

Instead of going at it alone, schedule an appointment with a dermatologist to establish if you are a suitable candidate for microdermabrasion and to discuss the pros, cons, and associated costs. Treatments of this nature are best left to the professionals for minimal damage and maximum results.