Microdermabrasion restores the skin’s texture to a soft, smooth, and youthful condition by breaking apart cell layers that have died and accumulated on the surface of the skin. The advanced skin resurfacing treatment offers the best results when it is received in a series and on a bi-weekly schedule. The skin care professional administering the treatment can only do so much in removing aging spots and signs of sun damage. After and between sessions, the client will need to properly care for the new and exposed skin.
Knowing how to best care for your skin following microdermabrasion treatments will go a long way in maximizing the revitalizing effects. A light cosmetic procedure, microdermabrasion exfoliates the outermost layer of dead cells from the skin’s epidermis using a mechanical medium. The non-invasive procedure is performed in office. After an exfoliating material such as diamond flakes or crystals is applied to the skin, a small suction machine, operated by a trained skin care professional, lifts the skin, much like a vacuum’s detaching hose sticking to an area rug.
In the days and weeks following a microdermabrasion treatment, wide-brimmed hats and sunscreens with a strength of SPF 30 or greater are recommended to protect the fresh skin. Regularly applying fragrance-free moisturizing lotions and creams will help the exposed skin properly regenerate and assume a rejuvenated look and feel.
The treatment is fairly painless, simple and easy, but some products that can be irritating should be avoided immediately following a treatment session. Products like Alpha Hydroxy Acids, glycolic acids, Retinoid products, as well as fragrant lotions and creams could be irritating to the treated skin in the hours following the procedure. The skin often experiences a minor sensitivity after a session, but most people usually return immediately to their normal daily schedule after the session. Non-irritating creams and makeup can often be applied right away, and they will certainly be safe a few hours after the treatment.
Very few to minimal complications or side effects are possible from microdermabrasion, but some people may experience a temporary sun sensitivity, mild dryness, a slight redness, and extremely rarely, a patient may have temporary scratches or bruises in the treated area.
To avoid exacerbating any sensitivity that may follow a session, avoid damaging elements such as wind and sun exposure. Using a self-tanner before all the old, dislodged skin cells have flaked away can result in uneven results.