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What to Expect During and After Microdermabrasion Treatment


Microdermabrasion is a skin treatment that helps rejuvenate dull skin. The treatment involves the use of tiny exfoliating crystals or a special wand to enhance the skin. The procedure helps bring out a new, smooth skin layer to replace the one being treated. Microdermabrasion works effectively on all skin types and complexions. This popular skin treatment can be performed at the dermatologist’s office, spa, or salon.

About Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion treats dull skin, age spots, and dark spots. The treatment produces subtle changes and does not cause scarring or changes in skin color. This makes the treatment effective for all skin colors.

The treatment does not require anesthesia or surgery, and it needs a little downtime. Microdermabrasion is not effective for treating deep acne scars, stretch marks, deep wrinkles, and other deep skin problems. For severe scars and skin issues, the more invasive dermabrasion is more effective.

Types of Microdermabrasion

An esthetician or a dermatologist can perform this procedure. Two types of microdermabrasion can be used to exfoliate the skin. There is crystal microdermabrasion that involves the use of tiny crystals that are shot over the skin.

Using a small tube, the dermatologist shots out the micro-crystals and vacuums them back up. The second type of crystal-free microdermabrasion involves the use of a special diamond-tipped wand that exfoliates the skin. Both types of microdermabrasion have their benefits.

During Microdermabrasion Treatment

Microdermabrasion treatment is painless and takes between 15 to 30 minutes. Just one treatment can leave the skin looking noticeably radiant, smoother, and feeling soft. During the procedure, you will lie on a bed as the technician cleans your face to prepare it for the treatment.

The microdermabrasion is performed, and the face is then cleaned again to remove any crystal residue. After cleaning the face, moisturizer and sunscreen will be applied to complete the treatment. In some cases, microdermabrasion may be performed as part of a complete facial treatment.

After Microdermabrasion Treatment

Microdermabrasion works on the skin surface, and the treatment does not produce major side effects. However, there may be some minor bruising, swelling, or tenderness. The skin may look pink after the treatment, but this will usually fade after a few hours.

The skin may also have the sensation of a minor sunburn for a day or two. Avoid applying toners, acne treatments, and medicated cleansers soon after microdermabrasion, as they may cause stinging or burning.

Number of Treatments Needed

Getting a series of treatments helps improve skin tone and texture. They can reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles, enlarged pores, sun damage, and even fine stretch marks. The number of treatments that you will need will depend on your end goal.

Think about the condition of your skin when planning the treatments. If you have a specific skin issue that you would like to address, you may need several treatments to get positive results. A single treatment is adequate for someone who simply wants to feel rejuvenated. Microdermabrasion is safe for most people.

To learn more about microdermabrasion treatment, visit East Bay Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Our office is in Oakland, California. You can call 510-451-6950 today to book an appointment.