Microdermabrasion – research, news and advice

This website is exclusively dedicated to microdermabrasion [maɪcrodermabreɪʒn] treatment – one of the latest beauty innovations, proven to revive your skin, making it softer, smoother and glowing! With the increasing popularity of microdermabrasion or microderm, for short, more and more women became curious about the benefits of the procedure, how much does it cost, or is it painful?

On our website, you’ll have the answers of these and many other questions, explained by 4 professional aestheticians with long work experience in the dermatology field. We will delve into the details and explain all the benefits and lesser-known advantages microderm technique offers.

Microdermabrasion means advanced skin resurfacing technique, targeting the skin of the face, neck, and shoulders to restore your healthy, youthful, blemish-free appearance.

Microdermabrasion therapy is considered to be one of the most effective non-invasive deep skin exfoliating methods, which is why women prefer to invest in their youthful appearance instead of using fillers. Microderm is able to completely reduce or eliminate wrinkles and fine lines on the face over time, while achieving a smoother, tighter skin texture.

In addition, it refreshes and regenerates the skin, removes age spots, acne scars, and uneven pigmentation. All this makes this method a successful cosmetic procedure that many people use at the comfort of their own homes.

So, what exactly is microdermabrasion?

As mentioned above, this is a non-invasive procedure that is practically painless and harmless. It uses fine particles to remove the superficial epidermal layer of the skin – composed of dead cells and other impurities, clogging your pores. The procedure makes the skin healthier and younger. What makes it even more special is that microderm promotes the production of a new layer of skin cells with higher levels of collagen and elastin. This, in turn, improves not only its appearance but also its elasticity and overall health.

It is worth mentioning that unlike the standard Dermabrasion procedure, Microdermabrasion is a much safer and gentler procedure – there is no swelling or bleeding and any risks of infections and scarring are non-existent. The recovery process after a microderm session is quick and is not associated with a painful, burning sensation or discomfort.

Microdermabrasion can be adapted for all skin types thanks to the different intensity modes and is proven beneficial for:

  • The reduction of surface wrinkles
  • Improving acne scars and newly formed stretch marks (less than a year old)
  • Eliminating hyperpigmentation, sun damage (including age spots)
  • Reducing the appearance of liver spors
  • Effectively treating photo-damaged skin
  • Evening out skin complexion
  • Enhancing the natural glow of the skin

The advantages of the procedure include:

  • Easy control of the peeling depth
  • Short recovery period with fewer to no side effects
  • If existent, side effects are very mild – redness or a tingling sensation right after the procedure
  • No anesthesia required
  • Requires 20 to 40 minutes of your precious time

Frequently Asked Questions

How is the procedure performed?

Whether you have your own microdermabrasion device of you have an appointment in a beauty salon, microdermabrasion is performed, following these important steps:

  1. The skin should be thoroughly clean, using a fragrance-free, oil-free product. Avoid using cleansers that are too harsh or may dry out your skin, as it may provoke hypersensitivity
  2. Before the procedure, the skin should be dry. This will make the microdermabrasion procedure more effective
  3. You or the aesthetician should turn on the microdermabrasion device and with gently pull one skin area tight. The hand-held device should be rotated onto the skin in an upward circular motion, making sure to do 1 or 2 passes only in order to avoid damaging the skin
  4. This step should be repeated until the entire face, neck and shoulders are successfully exfoliated
  5. After the procedure, you or the aesthetician should apply a gentle moisturizing cream, lotion or serum. The product shouldn’t contain irritants or harsh chemicals
  6. The application of sunscreen is highly recommended during the next few days, as the skin becomes more vulnerable to the harmful UV rays
What happens to the skin during a microderm procedure?

During a microderm procedure, the dead skin cells, environmental contaminants, sebum and makeup residue are removed from the skin surface. This is possible thanks to the fine particles used for that purpose – fine crystals, which are being sprayed or a diamond tip wand is used. Meanwhile, there’s a vacuum feature that helps eliminate all contaminants.

A single procedure is enough to reveal a fresh skin layer, looking more youthful and radiant.

When am I going to see the effect of the treatment?

You’ll be able see the effect of the procedure right after the session is completed. The kin will be visibly smoother and rejuvenated. Usually, mild redness is observed but nothing to worry about – it will be gone within the next few hours.

You can apply your favorite cosmetic products (including a moisturizer, a sunscreen and even makeup) immediately after the microdermabrasion session, which is both time-saving and comfortable.

The effect of a single session lasts up to 4 weeks but if you have serious skin problems, such as deep scars or wrinkles or clearly pronounced pigment spots, it may take more than one treatment to eliminate the imperfections.

How often to perform microdermabrasion?

It depends on your skin’s tolerance and the device you are using. Generally, the procedure is done as frequently as weekly or up to every eight weeks.

Most people choose to start with weekly treatments until they obtain optimal results, then change to monthly treatments. Monthly treatments can be viewed as maintenance regimen.

Overexfoliating by not leaving enough time between sessions is not recommended. It can damage your skin and temporary increase sensitivity.

What are the risks and limitations of microdermabrasion treatment?

Microdermabrasion is not recommended if you have the following skin conditions:

  • In inflammatory process, such as active acne, active shingles and open wounds in the treated area;
  • Immediately after skin treatment with a chemical peel or laser;
  • During pregnancy

Common microdermabrasion myths debunked

Myth #1 One procedure will give you the perfect skin you always dreamed of

If that’s your idea of microdermabrasion, you’ll be disappointed to learn that a single session won’t solve your skin problems at once. Indeed, microdermabrasion uses wands but those are not magic wands and you should have real expectations after the first procedure.

After the first procedure, the skin will be indeed refreshed and more radiant, the skin tone will be more even, blemishes will be less visible but these changes won’t be super dramatic. You won’t resolve all your skin problems once and for all. You’ll need at least a couple sessions before you can see the optimal effect of microderm treatment. But wait, there’s more!

Myth #2 After you get exactly-this-many-treatments your skin will look perfect

Everyone’s skin is different and reacts differently to a microdermabrasion. For instance, if your friend’s skin looked perfect after the second microdermabrasion session, it doesn’t mean that you’ll have the same experience. Your skin may need more consecutive treatments before you can enjoy the optimal effect of the treatment.

Myth #3 Microdermabrasion is the same as exfoliation

Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells on the skin’s outermost surface (that are located closest to the skin surface). Exfoliation is actually just a part of the microdermabrasion process. It will also remove sebum and dirt builds up, thus unclogging your pores.

But microdermabrasion does more – it stimulates the regrowth of a healthier skin layer, which is smoother and softer as the procedure provides a better balance between the different sections of your face, neck and shoulders.
By improving the blood circulation and removing all contaminants from the skin surface, your skin is finally able to breathe and get the maximum benefits from the beauty products you are applying.

Myth #4 Microdermabrasion is too expensive and time-consuming

It depends on one’s point of view – there are people who would rather spend their lunch break in a beauty studio and spend some money on their looks. A single procedure in a salon usually costs from $60 to $150 and most women enjoy the microdermabrasion experience. Consecutively, it would make them feel happier and boost their self-esteem, just like when you get a new haircut.

But if you this too expensive for you and there’s no beauty studio near your office, there are easier and cheaper options. You can buy your own microdermabrasion device, which will cost you a bit more than a single session in a salon but you can use it for unlimited treatments. Another benefit of having your own microderm machine is that you can use it in the convenience of your own home – there’s no need of scheduling appointments or worrying about how long it would take.

Myth #5 Microderm is a medi-aesthetic procedure, therefore it is painful and will damage your skin

Many still believe that all skin resurfacing procedures are related to painful experience. And that’s almost correct. Except for microdermabrasion – most women actually enjoy the sensation during the procedure. It’s even funny because you can feel your skin rejuvenating.

As for the pain, there are women with more sensitive skin, who can experience mild irritation or a slight burning sensation but nothing to be worried about. The worst case scenario means that you will experience increased skin sensitivity during the next few hours, which is nothing compared to dermabrasion or laser treatments.