It’s a fair question – that is if you know what microdermabrasion is! Many people are new to the phenomenon. Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure that involves a skincare specialist removing the top layer of skin with a small hand-held device. A certain “planning” of the skin if you will.
Often people will seek this cosmetic option to have a more even skin texture and tone. It’s a noninvasive procedure, usually done by a specialist, where small crystals are applied to the skin with a want to exfoliate dead skin. Ultimately, this will make your skin appear younger.
It’s not painful and only takes about 30-40 minutes on average for the face and approximately 20 minutes on the neck. Yes, your skin may get a little red and irritated – to be expected when you are grinding crystals all over it, but after the exfoliation process, it begins to heal and die down within a few days.
Those who are after reduced signs of aging (which, who isn’t?), may have to go through around 10 or more rounds of treatment to see drastic results. But patients all claim it is definitely worth the commitment to the process. The options really vary though, depending on your skin type and the results you are after. You should realize, results aren’t permanent so that’s why most people continue to get the treatment as much as they require or prefer.
But microdermabrasion isn’t just about anti-aging, it has a whole host of benefits. People often request microdermabrasion to address dullness in the complexion, uneven skin tone, uneven skin texture, age spots, dark spots that can form after acne clears up, melasma and scars.
So realistically, how often should you get it? It truly depends on the outcome you are seeking. Someone with scars will have deeper skin tissue to deal with rather than someone who is just trying to address the dullness in their complexion. There is no real answer. The best thing you can do is see your dermatologist or a dermabrasion specialist who can discuss the benefits, the timeline, your budget, the side effects, and how aggressive with the therapy you want to be.
Often times, dermatologists will recommend against microdermabrasion for a variety of reasons – especially if you have sensitive skin. The reaction may be too harsh or even make your skin condition worse.
So, while you may be hearing the hot term “microdermabrasion” all over the place, you also may want to step back and research about it a bit more before you empty your pockets and put yourself out of commission (and submit yourself to the reactions) for a few days.
Yes, microdermabrasion can make you look gorgeous – no doubt. That is why it’s a multi-million-dollar industry, but it simply isn’t a magic fix for all skin problems. One of the best ways to start the conversation is to literally talk to your friends, colleagues, or family members who have had the treatment and discuss what their process and experience was like. This may lead you one way or another. You should also do your homework on the dermatologists and providers in the area who are specializing in microdermabrasion. Take a good look at before and after pictures. Ask about the materials and equipment they use. Compare pricing. These are all important aspects of the microdermabrasion process.
Hopefully, you’ll be able to come to a determination whether microdermabrasion is right for you. Ultimately, you want to look and feel better – but there are a variety of skin care treatments out there that may be more suitable for you and your lifestyle.