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Microdermabrasion and At-Home Microdermabrasion

June 16, 2021 3 min read

Microdermabrasion is a kind of intrusive technique used for rejuvenation of overall skin texture and tone.  Various skin-related conditions including wrinkles, fine lines, sun damage, acne scarring, age spots, and melasma. A specific applicator having a scratchy surface is gently used to remove the outer thicker layer of skin for its restoration. Another technique can also be used for microdermabrasion includes the use of sodium bicarbonate or aluminum oxide along with a vacuum to remove the old skin. It is deemed as a safe technique for skin of various types and kinds. The procedure was first approved in 1996 by the Food and Drug Administration of the USA.  

Applications of Microdermabrasion

People can go for various concerns of skin including:

  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Age spots and hyperpigmentation
  • Blackheads and enlarged pores
  • Acne scars and acne
  • Stretch out marks
  • Dullness of skin
  • Variable tones and textures of skin
  • Skin damages due to sun
  • Melasma

Dermatologists also recommend its use along with skin bleaching and anti-ageing products for the enhancement of their results. The procedure can be helpful in the skin penetration of these products.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), microdermabrasion is a less invasive procedure that should not be painful and the maximum time for application of such techniques on the face and neck should not be more than 40-60 minutes. The symptoms of swelling and sunburn-like might be observed a few days later. For rejuvenation of skin, the patient must visit their consultant skin specialist 5-16 times for treatment depending on the condition. People can visit dermatologists with the interval of 7 days, 15 days, or 30 days depending on the condition.

According to ADD guidelines, before the application of the procedure, the patient must visit their consultant dermatologists and may discuss the expected outcomes, required number of treatments, risk factors, potential side effects, and cost of therapy.

Preparation for Microdermabrasion and how it works?

It is a non-surgical but little intrusive technique therefore preliminary preparations are needed. Early discussion with a skin specialist is required about previous skin conditions and cosmetics applied. It may be advised to use mask and avoid cream applications, sun exposure, and waxing before treatment.

The skincare specialist performs microdermabrasion about in one hour along with the use of numbing agent like anaesthesia. Following the application of such procedure, a moisturizer will be applied along with the application of sunscreen. Following its approval from FDA, various devices have been introduced for it. Some of the devices used for microdermabrasion are the diamond-tip handpiece (exfoliated dead cells and vacuum them), crystal microdermabrasion (spray and crystal rub to remove the aged skin), and hydra dermabrasion (spraying, rubbing and exfoliation of old skin).  

In-office and at-home microdermabrasion

  • With multiple session of microdermabrasion at-home kit, skin has almost the same results without the expensive costs of skin specialist at on visit.
  • More convenient and practical
  • Microdermabrasion at home with kits is more safer as compared to in-office procedure
  • With the help of microdermabrasion kit, procedure can be performed in the comfort of your own home

Microdermabrasion kits are innovations with high efficacy and they work by increasing the pooling of blood towards skin. The circulation of blood along with this smart tool, the procedure accomplishes skin brightness, rejuvenation and enhances the renewal of skin cells for smoother skin.

Liz C.
Liz C.