Acne scars, wrinkles, and sunspots can greatly affect your confidence. You can overcome this through microdermabrasion. This is a non-surgical and effective way of exfoliating the upper layers of the skin with the use of a microdermabrasion machine. There are no laser beams or chemicals used in this process. The doctor will only use micro crystals to sandblast your skin and leave it fresh and smooth.
Other than that, this procedure helps in stimulating the production of collagen. Therefore, your skin will rejuvenate faster.
What is involved in the use of a microdermabrasion machine?
Your dermatologist will use a special cleansing gel on your skin. After that, the micro abrasion procedure begins. The micro crystals are sandblasted through a tiny tube that is pressed against your skin. The crystals will exfoliate the dead skin cells while the tube vacuums them, together with the used crystals.
As soon as the device makes contact with your skin, the crystal flow begins. Your dermatologist will move the wand not just on the areas you need to be treated, but all across your face. This is done to ensure you do not have inconsistent skin color or texture.
Once that is done, they will use a nourishing sun blocking cream to soothe your skin, hence your ability to resume work immediately after treatment. Given that it is a procedure that can be done in around an hour, you can visit your dermatologist over lunch hour. There is no downtime expected, hence some people refer to it as the lunchtime peel.
What are the risks of using the microdermabrasion machine?
Virtually, the procedure is risk-free. Using a microdermabrasion machine is mild and non-invasive. It is important, however, for you to get the procedure done by experts. This is because they have to sterilize the equipment and replace the disposable parts before you use them. This reduces any chance of infection.
What can I not achieve with a microdermabrasion machine?
You have to be realistic about the outcome when it comes to such cosmetic procedures. You cannot cure deep spots or severe scarring on your face or other parts of your body through this. This is a process that generally works for the top layer of your skin.
In case you have problems that go beyond the top layer, you would need other alternatives. Unlike dermabrasion or laser surgery, this machine cannot reconstruct your epidermis.
If you have tattoos, you cannot remove them with this machine. Dark pigments on your skin cannot disappear either, and if you have severe burn scars, those will not heal through this process.
Where can I use the microdermabrasion machine?
This is a very simple procedure and can be done as an outpatient process. You can, therefore, have it done in a spa, at home, at a dermatologist’s clinic or a cosmetic center. Whichever the case, consult your doctor before using a microdermabrasion machine. They are in the best position to advise you on the best microdermabrasion kit for your skin, given the possibility of allergic reactions.
On the same note, make sure you have trained personnel carrying this out for you. This can be any of the following:
- Plastic surgeon
- Beauty specialist
- Yourself (if you have a home kit)
Aluminum oxide is used in the microdermabrasion machine. Is it safe?
Yes, aluminum oxide crystals are safe. Even if you were to accidentally ingest them, they are not toxic. Since they are not carcinogenic, they will not cause serious skin reactions. Your doctor will, however, cover your eyes as a protective measure during this process with special glasses. Because of the vacuum action of sucking back the used crystals and dead exfoliated skin cells, you have a very slim chance of inhaling aluminum oxide.
How long will the microdermabrasion machine be used on me?
Facial microdermabrasion generally takes around half an hour. In case you need other parts of the body treated, you could use up at least an hour. If you have a home kit, you can do this in a few minutes, which includes preparation and cleansing after treatment.
What happens during consultation before the use of microdermabrasion machine?
Your consultation (the first one) should only last a few minutes. You will discuss with your doctor your medical history among other things. The goal is for your doctor to advise you on whether this procedure is right for you in the first place. They will consider your type of skin, any allergies or the level of sensitivity of your skin before they can discuss your expectations and the reasonable goals.
On your part, before you agree to using the microdermabrasion machine, ask your doctor about possible side effects and risks involved. Ask to be shown some of the before and after photos of the doctor’s previous patients, so you know how realistic the outcome could be.
Remind the doctor about your personal convictions regarding the use of sterile equipment, and ask about any precautions you need to take before and after the procedure. Once that is done, you can set a date for your treatment.
How do I determine if the microdermabrasion machine is perfect for me?
The best way to answer this is to consider your goals. Generally, micro dermabrasion is perfect for individuals who struggle with the following:
- Blotched skin
- Superficial acne scars
- Large pores
- Aging spots
- Uneven skin tone
- Uneven skin texture
- Fine wrinkles
If you have anything more complicated than these, you might need something like laser removal. On the bright side, however, the microdermabrasion machine can be used to treat all types of skin and skin colors. Your whiteheads and/or blackheads will be eliminated, dull skin will be revitalized and you will have an even skin tone.
Your skin will be more elastic, look and feel fresh and smooth once you are through with treatment. Given that there is no pain/discomfort and recovery time, for a procedure that costs anything between $75 and $200, you should definitely give it a shot.