The word “microdermabrasion,” by definition, is pretty straightforward. “Abrasion” means “the process of scraping or wearing something away” and most know that “derm” means “skin.” As a it result, it roughly translates into “scraping of the skin”
When you combine the terms together. It’s only done on the outermost layer of skin, the stratum corneum as the “micro” refers to the scale of the treatment. Though it may sound scary, it is a safe and beneficial treatment. Today, we at Open Door Med Spa would like to answer the frequently asked questions many clients have.
Why Get a Microdermabrasion Treatment?
Exfoliation plays a key role as well, just like cleansing and moisturizing are important steps in your routine. Because it uses a device to remove dead skin cells, improving tone, reducing congestion, and minimizing fine lines, microdermabrasion is considered a physical exfoliation. Keep in mind that microdermabrasion can’t solve skin marks and damage like birthmarks, freckles, or moles.
What are the Typical Expectations for Microdermabrasion?
According to experts, while noting it’s much more comprehensive than any at-home machine, microdermabrasion is an intense scrub-meets-vacuum. Dead skin cells or dulling debris is gently buffed and polished by diamond tip wands. Stimulating lymphatic drainage and giving your skin a smooth, refreshed appearance, the sloughed-off debris is removed through a vacuum setting.
Is Microdermabrasion Painful?
Though you may feel a bit flushed afterwards, as if you’ve spent a day in the sun, it is a professional form of exfoliation and not painful. You’ll immediately notice a rosy glow since it removes the outermost layer of your skin and gives your circulation a boost. While not painful, but perhaps not the most enjoyable either, we typically compare it to a cat licking your skin in terms of sensation. All facials start with a skin analysis to ensure it will benefit your skin and help reach your skincare goals, your esthetician will assess if microdermabrasion is right for you, ultimately.
How Do I Prepare My Skin for Microdermabrasion?
You should stop using any exfoliants or prescription topicals, like retinoids. Otherwise, it would cause your skin to be sensitive at least a week before your treatment. You’ll still want to avoid products that can potentially lead to a negative reaction even if you’re used to microdermabrasion. Depending on their skin type and skin goals, clients should plan on getting a facial every four to six weeks. Letting you know whether to expect it monthly or keep it to every other facial, the expert is the best judge in terms of microdermabrasion.
What Steps Do I Take Post-Treatment After Microdermabrasion?
It typically kicks into full effect after three days, so relax and enjoy your glow. In the days following your treatment you should boost hydration and sun protection. For 24 hours following the treatment be sure to avoid sweaty physical activities or harsh conditions, like a sauna. It needs to be handled like you would a baby’s skin, though microdermabrasion is still controlled trauma to the skin. It is encouraged people let their skin heal. You may experience small breakouts due to trapped debris coming up the surface and shouldn’t linger. A hydrating or a cooling sheet mask paired with a jade roller, chilled in the fridge are often post-treatment product. Your professional will usually recommend follow up products to help maintain comfort, hydration, and healing.