Microdermabrasion is a safe, controlled non-surgical cosmetic treatment that exfoliates the surface of the face. The procedure uses fine crystals and a vacuum to remove dead skin cells to rejuvenate the skin.
The purpose of the microdermabrasion is to reduce the appearance of fine lines and blemishes that develop on the skin over time. It is suitable for all skin types and shouldn’t caused any skin colour changes, damage to the skin or scarring.
The treatment is carried out by a specialist with a device that directs a stream of crystals over the targeted treatment area, removing the outer layer of skin and dead cells. The Vacuum on the device will then clear away the dead cells and unveil your new and rejuvenated skin.
If you have an uneven skin tone or are concerned about acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, hyper-pigmentation, liver spots and other signs of aging, microdermabrasion may help to alleviate some of these issues. An assessment with a specialist can answer any questions on your mind and determine whether this treatment can achieve the results you’re looking for.
The benefits of microdermabrasion treatment
- Effective exfoliation treatment that can remove more dead skin cells than another equivalent non-surgical treatment
- No recovery time. Return to you usually daily activity immediately
- Suitable for any skin type
- Treatment can be tailored to the individuals needs
- Better skin that remains elastic and smooth for longer
What can microdermabrasion be used for?
Microdermabrasion is normally carried out on the face, and can be used to treat fine lines and minor skin blemishes.
Specifically, microdermabrasion may be used to treat:
- Fine lines around the eyes
- Fine lines around the mouth
- Fine wrinkles caused by the aging process
- Fine wrinkles due to sun exposure
- Acne scarring – assessment of the condition may be required
- Some spots, freckles and dark patches
- It can improve the overall look and feel of facial skin.
Cost of microdermabrasion
The microdermabrasion will vary depending where you choose to have the treatment and the extent of the procedure. According to NHS data, the cost of microdermabrasion in the UK is around £40-80 per session.
In order to get a cost for your treatment you’ll have to request a quote from a clinic. They will get back to you with an exact price for the treatment, based on you their assessment of your needs, and explain what is included in the price. Be sure to clearly review what is and isn’t included in the price so there are no unwanted surprises later.
Limitation and safety concerns of microdermabrasion treatment
Microdermabrasion isn’t a 100% effective at treating scars, stretch marks, deep wrinkles or acne scars. However, you should still notice improvements. For more severe skin conditions, alternative treatment may be available, but you’ll need to see a specialist to get an expert opinion on your condition.
Being safe and aware of risks associated with any medical or cosmetic treatment is important. Make sure you’re prepared for treatment by speaking to a specialist who can talk you through the procedure in more detail, going through risks and side effects, and helping to set expectations about what can be achieved with microdermabrasion.
What does the microdermabrasion involve?
This procedure doesn’t require any anaesthetic, but you may be offered some medication to relax you before the treatment begins.
A handheld device is used to deliver a fine jet of abrasive crystals on to the area of the skin that is being treated. The treatment will scrape away dead skin cell, encourage and stimulate blood flow and rejuvenate the skin.
The whole treatment should take around 30 minutes per session. Multiple sessions will be recommended for the complete treatment, usually four to six. Your practitioner will advise on the best course of action to meet your needs.
After your microdermabrasion procedure and recovery
After having microdermabrasion treatment, you will experience some redness and swelling. You may also feel a bit tender, but these symptoms will disappear very quickly.
You may see some bruising caused by the suction device and some dry flakiness on the surface of the skin.
You will be able to return to your normal daily routine immediately after your treatment, however, you will need to be careful if you’re out and about.
Like a lot of skin rejuvenation treatments, your skin will be more sensitive to the sun for the first few days after treatment. You should try to avoid exposing your face to sunlight when possible or apply sunblock.
Your practitioner should provide specific details about what you should or shouldn’t do during your recovery.
Risks and side effects of microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion is considered to be a very safe and low risk non-surgical cosmetic treatment. After a successful procedure the main side-effects you could experience are some tightness around the face and redness. Dry skin and flakiness may also appear, but these effects should go away after a day or two.
Possible risks of microdermabrasion include:
- Acne breakout in acne sufferer
- Uneven tone on darker skin – only on high intensity treatments
- Doesn’t completely remove some skin blemishes
What if something goes wrong?
If, after microdermabrasion treatment, you feel you have encountered a serious problem and the results are not what you expected, reach out to your practitioner.
Contact the clinic that performed the procedure and explain the situation, especially if you’re experiencing discomfort or any unusual symptoms that were not explained to you during the consultation.
Things to consider before your procedure
Opting for any form of cosmetic treatment requires a lot of careful thought and consideration. You need to really understand the reasons for choosing the procedure you want and set realistic expectations of the outcome.
Once your mind is made up, are you confident that you are fully prepared for the treatment?
Here are some things you should think about:
- How many sessions do you need to achieve the outcome you desire?
- How long is the recovery time for your treatment?
- Do you need time off work?
- When will you start to see the results you expect?
- How to maintain the results of your treatment?
- When will you fully recover and resume your usual activity?
Start your search
You may or may not be ready for microdermabrasion treatment, but it’s never too soon to reach out to a clinic or hospital, or a doctor, to start a conversation. A major part of your research into the procedure you’re looking for should include direct communication, and a consultation, with an expert. Feel free to contact multiple care providers and experts. The more information you gather about your procedure and surgeon the better decision you’re likely to make.