microdermabrasion tip

Is the continuous application of microdermabrasion tip dangerous?

Microdermabrasion is an easy-to-perform procedure, which is considered generally safe with very mild to no side effects.

It can be performed by your dermatologist, your aesthetician or by yourself if you have bought a microdermabrasion machine. If performed properly, even a single microderm session guarantees fresher, more youthful skin. Now, let’s assume that the dermatologist/aesthetician is qualified enough to provide this service, without damaging your skin. Let’s assume you own a microdermabrasion kit and are a bit worried what could possibly go wrong

There are some basic steps that should be taken into account before using a microderm device

  • Perform a test before using your MDA machine on your facial skin. You can try it on your hand or elsewhere, where the skin is less sensitive. Use the lower settings when using your microdermabrasion for the first time
  • Your skin should be completely dry before applying the microdermabrasion tip to your skin. Otherwise, the effect of your treatment wouldn’t be as satisfying.
  • If your skin is already prepared for the treatment session, you can begin by pulling your facial skin gently (using your free hand). With your dominant hand, turn on your microderm machine and start rubbing the tip of the machine on your skin.
  • Prolonged application of the crystal/diamond tip should be avoided. No not apply for more than 2-3 seconds per area

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  • 1-2 passes on the same area are perfectly enough and you don’t need to apply additional pressure, while the skin is in contact with the tip of your device.

Apart from the diamond/crystal exfoliation, microdermabrasion machines and kits usually have a vacuum feature, used to focally stimulate the blood circulation, which may provoke mild swelling in the skin. The vacuum collects the used crystals or dead skin in a receptacle for easy disposal.

However, if the procedure is performed more aggressively (this includes prolonged applications of high-pressure settings), bruising or pinpoint bleeding may occur. Such unwanted effects are rare and the damaged tissue usually recovers within the next few hours.

To minimize the potential side effects of the continuous application of a microdermabrasion tip, it is highly recommended to moisturize the skin immediately after the treatment session and apply sunscreen on top.

This way, the freshly uncovered skin layer will get enough hydration while being protected from the harmful sun rays.

Vanessa Micoff MD

Dr. Vanessa Micoff received her Bachelor of Science degree in Venereology from the University of California, Riverside and her M.D. from the University of California, San Diego. She is a member of multiple dermatology associations and lecturer. More about her here.

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