What is Microdermabrasion?
When you hear the word abrasion, it may not sound like something you’d want to do to your face, or any part of your body, for that matter. But add micro, and now we’re talking about one of the most effective ways to minimize the signs of aging, and help you regain your bright, smooth, youthful skin.
Your skin sloughs off old cells every day. However, aging slows down this process, which means dead skin sits on your face longer than it used to. This makes your complexion appear dull. Microdermabrasion speeds up this natural process by essentially “sanding” the top layer of your skin, removing dead skin cells, and revealing new, healthier skin underneath. At Evincy, we perform traditional microdermabrasion, as well as the triply effective “wet” form treatment.
How is Microdermabrasion Performed?
First, we invite you to come in for a free consultation so our professional aesthetician can examine your skin, discuss your concerns with you, and make a recommendation for treatment.
The microdermabrasion treatment is like getting an intense facial. Your aesthetician will first gently cleanse your skin. Then, the microdermabrasion is performed using a small, handheld device that uses aluminum oxide crystals to “sand” off the uppermost layer of your skin, removing dead skin cells, and revealing new, smoother skin underneath.
Although your concern may appear in just one area of your face—for example, age spots on your forehead—the microdermabrasion procedure will be performed on your entire face to maintain an even skin tone. Your aesthetician will then treat your skin with a calming toner, a moisturizing cream, and a sunblock.
Treatment sessions usually last about 30 to 45 minutes. The time required will depend on the extent of your skin condition, the number of areas to be treated, and the sizes of those areas.
Some skin conditions may require multiple sessions to achieve optimal results. Most patients see full results after four to six treatments, each performed about two weeks apart. However, you should see noticeable improvement after just one session.
The most common side effects of microdermabrasion are a temporarily pink or reddish skin tone, a feeling of tightness, and sun sensitivity, so be sure to wear sunscreen after your treatment (and always). Also, do not exfoliate your skin for a few days following the microdermabrasion procedure. There is no downtime required, and you will be able to resume your normal daily activities immediately following each session.
What Does Microdermabrasion Treat?
- Clear cellular debris, and smooth bumpy, uneven skin
- Brighten dull skin
- Minimize fine lines and wrinkles
- Minimize the appearance of acne scars
- Minimize the appearance of pores
- Minimize the appearance of sun damage
- Stimulate the natural production of collagen in the skin in the long-term, making the skin look more youthful, smooth, soft and healthy
Most patients seek microdermabrasion for the face, but the procedure can also be performed on the hands, neck, back, feet, and décolletage.
Traditional microdermabrasion is appropriate for most skin types. Your aesthetician will discuss any particular concerns with you during your initial consultation.
If you have particularly sensitive skin, you may want to consider the other treatment instead. It’s much gentler on the skin. However, you may still experience a bit more redness after a treatment, and it may take a little longer for it to subside.
In addition, if you’ve had any sort of viral infection such as a cold sore or shingles, or you have a recurring skin condition such as eczema, psoriasis, or rosacea, be sure to notify your aesthetician. You may need to wait a couple of weeks before undergoing any form of microdermabrasion.