Microdermabrasion Treatment Review

Microdermabrasion is the process of exfoliating the skin using tiny crystals. The crystals are sprayed on the face and moved around to polish the skin. It works well on dull skin, brown spots and age spots. Black heads can also be improved using this treatment. With a treatment, fine lines and wrinkles can be reduced, and large pores can be eliminated. The appearance of stretch marks can also be diminished. Acne can be treated using microdermabrasion. It works well on all skin types and colors. There is no scarring or skin color changes. There is not much down time with microdermabrasion. Usually it takes about 24 hours for the skin to heal, as there is usually a pink tone to the skin. With microdermabrasion, the procedure is not as aggressive as dermabrasion, so no numbing creams are needed. 

Microdermabrasion is being dubbed as an instant facelift. The procedure is not costly like plastic surgery, but will deliver impressive results. It can be done on the face, hands, arms, neck or chest. It works to thicken the collagen in your skin, which will give the effect of younger looking skin. Collagen makes skin taut and tight. As children we have lots of collagen in our skin. As we age, collagen does not produce like it did when we were younger, and skin begins to become lose and create uneven patches. Microdermabrasion is a long lasting treatment. Many patients opt to have two treatments monthly in the beginning stages, then go to one treatment per month for maintenance of the skin. 

Mircodermabrasion is not for everyone. Those with active rosacea should avoid a treatment. Anyone with open sores, warts, eczema, psoriasis, skin lesions, dermatitis, and lupus should not have microdermabrasion done. Also anyone who is taking anti-coagulants should avoid this procedure. 

There are only a few concerns with microdermabrasion. If the crystals enter the eyes, there is a possibility for irritation. In order to not have this concern, the eyes should be protected at all times. Redness and swelling may take place after the procedure is done but they are short lived. Flaky dry skin can appear a few days after the treatment. Bruising can also occur due to suctioning the skin. The bruising could last for a few days. 

After a microdermabrasion procedure is done, the skin will be pink. It will also feel tight and dry. It will feel similar to a windburn or a sun burn. A moisturizer can help to relieve any dry feeling. Some makeup will not be allowed to be worn for at least 24 hours after the treatment. A good sunscreen should also be applied if going outdoors. However, for the first few days, one should avoid sun exposure.

When having an initial consult with the plastic surgeon performing the microdermabrasion, ask questions that will help you better understand how the procedure will work for you. Ask him or her what the expected outcome is for the area you will have the microdermabrasion. Ask who will perform the procedure and what training the person has. Ask how long the recovery period will be and if there are any risks and complications that are associated with the procedure. A great plastic surgeon will be forthcoming with all this information and will be glad that you have asked. 

Microdermabrasion costs about $150 on average but the treatment costs could vary. Prices could be based on the experience of the doctor performing the treatment, as well as the location of the clinic. The time and effort could also be taken into account, as well as the type of microdermabrasion procedure performed.