Microdermabrasion uses tiny exfoliating crystals that are sprayed on the skin or tiny diamonds that are gently drawn over the skin. It works best on problems such as dull skin, brown spots, and age spots.
Microdermabrasion works on all skin types and colors. It makes subtle changes, causing no skin color change or scarring. It is not effective for deeper problems such as scars, stretch marks, wrinkles, or deep acne scars.
With microdermabrasion, there is minimal down time compared to dermabrasion procedures. Skin is temporarily pink but fully recovers within 24 hours. It doesn’t require surgery or anesthetics.
In crystal microdermabrasion, tiny crystals are sprayed onto the skin to gently remove the outer layer of your skin. This technique is less aggressive than dermabrasion, so you don’t need numbing medicine. It is simply an exfoliation and skin rejuvenation procedure that leaves skin looking softer and brighter.
What Happens After Microdermabrasion?
After microdermabrasion, your skin will be pink and feel dry and tight (like sunburn or windburn) for about 24 hours. Use moisturizer. Certain makeup should not be applied for at least 24 hours after the procedure.
Are There Side Effects and Complications With Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion side effects may or may not include irritation from crystals getting into unprotected eyes.
Care After Microdermabrasion.
Use moisturizers and sunscreens. Avoid sun exposure for a few days immediately after the procedure.
With dermabrasion, a physician “sands” your skin with a special diamond impregnated instrument. The procedure makes way for a new, smoother layer of skin to replace the skin that’s been treated.
Dermabrasion was developed to improve acne scars, pox marks, and scars from accidents or disease. It’s not effective in treating congenital skin defects, most moles, pigmented birthmarks, or scars caused by burns.
Dermabrasion is generally only safe for people with fair skin. For people with darker skin, dermabrasion can result in scarring or discoloration.
Dermabrasion is done in the doctor’s office. You may get medication to relax you before the procedure starts. Your skin will be thoroughly cleansed, and you’ll get shots of numbing medicine to anesthetize the area to be treated.
The doctor will use an instrument with an abrasive wheel or brush to remove the outer layers of your skin and improve any irregularities in your skin’s surface.
After a dermabrasion procedure, your skin will feel as though it has been severely “burned” for a few days. Your doctor can prescribe or recommend medications to ease any discomfort you may feel. Healing usually happens within seven to 10 days.
Your new skin, which is pink at first, gradually develops a normal color. In most cases, the pinkness largely fades by six to eight weeks. You can use makeup as soon as the skin is healed.
Generally, most people can resume their normal activities in seven to 14 days after dermabrasion. You should avoid sunlight for a few weeks after the pink color has gone away. When outdoors, use a sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher, and wear a wide-brimmed hat.
Dermabrasion side effects may or may not include:
Uneven changes in skin color (temporary or permanent).
Formation of a scar
Darkening of the skin (usually temporary but may be permanent). This is caused by sun exposure in the days and months following the procedure.
You will have a follow-up appointment soon after your dermabrasion. Do not drink alcohol for 48 hours after the procedure. Do not take aspirin or any products that contain aspirin or ibuprofen for one week afterwards. Do not smoke.
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