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How safe is microdermabrasion?

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1) What are the advantages of Microexfoliation?
  • Non invasive. No injections. No anaesthesia
  • No downtime / recovery period.
  • Painless, Low risk
  • Quick procedure with almost immediate results
  • Regular multiple treatments yield lasting results.
  • Reduces pore size, hence benefits acne prone skin
2) What are its disadvantages?
  • Since human skin typically regenerates at approximately 30-day intervals, skin improvement with microdermabrasion is temporary and needs to be repeated at average intervals of four weeks for continued improvement.
  • Side effects, if any, are minimal – slight skin tightness, redness, occasional dryness.
3) What ages are appropriate for microdermabrasion?
There are no specific age or sex restrictions, typically children over age 12 up to adults age 65 can get microdermabrasion. While there is no age maximum, mature skin over age 70 may have slightly higher risks of bruising and skin abrasions.
4) How often should I have microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion can be done as frequently as weekly or up to every eight weeks depending on your skin’s tolerance and desired cosmetic effects.
5) Is crystal better for me or diamond tips?
Crystal microexfoliation uses a high-pressure stream of inert crystals. These may get blown into the nose and eyes. Diamond tip microexfoliation uses finely ground diamond chips for exfoliating skin. This eliminates the risk of accidental inhalation.
6) What does the vacuum do in microdermabrasion?
The vacuum part of microdermabrasion has three basic roles:
  • It gently pulls and lifts a small section of skin for micro abrasion.
  • It focally stimulates blood circulation.
  • It collects black heads, white heads and exfoliated dead skin in a receptacle for easy disposal.
7) What should people expect before, during, and after microdermabrasion?
Before starting the microdermabrasion treatment, the skin may be prepared and cleaned of makeup and oils. No topical or local anesthetic is required. The hand piece is moved over the skin with repeated single, smooth passes. Usually, two passes per area are sufficient.
Mild pinkness of the skin is the desired outcome and usually resolves within minutes to hours after microdermabrasion. Application of sunscreen is recommended as photosensitivity may be increased after treatment. Generally, softer and smoother skin that feels fresher and more rejuvenated is the expected outcome after microdermabrasion.
Microdermabrasion may help stimulate the production of collagen, thereby helping skin rejuvenation. As age spots from photoageing and fine lines are diminished, the skin may become softer and smoother.
8) Does microdermabrasion help with acne scars?
Microdermabrasion may be very useful for people with mild acne discoloration and superficial or raised acne scars. Dermatologists may also use microdermabrasion to help unclog pores and clear acne.
Individuals with deeper acne scars may expect better results with fractional laser resurfacing treatments followed by microexfoliation.
9) Can microdermabrasion help with melasma?
Yes, microdermabrasion can be helpful in treating early melasma and other types of hyperpigmentation. Best results will be achieved in conjunction with lightening serum and creams.
Always remember:
Consult a Qualified Medical Practitioner.
Best results are achieved with multiple treatments in combination with usage of sunscreen, skin-appropriate serums and creams.
- Dr. Abhijit Desai
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