Microdermabrasion started gaining popularity in the 1980s and is still a favorite among consumers because of its non-invasive nature. A non-surgical procedure, it helps to keep skin smoother, improve the appearance of fine lines and prevent wrinkles, and helps to eliminate hyperpigmentation or freckles and liver spots.
In other words, it’s a somewhat more effective form of exfoliating treatment, but is also milder than dermabrasion. Microdermabrasion works by “blasting” the skin with minerals so the regeneration of skin cells is promoted. The treatment can last between 15 minutes to an hour, depending on the skin type. After treatment, the skin may look pink and may feel sensitive. Sun exposure is not recommended for skin fresh from the treatment, and the application of sunscreen with no less than 30 SPF is required after the treatment.
In-clinic vs. home kits
There are two basic differences between in-clinic microdermabrasion and home kits: the price and the efficacy. Most of the time, home kits can only give you the same results you can enjoy in two in-clinic treatments after 11 or so sessions. However, in-clinic microdermabrasion can be very pricy. Usually, a single in-clinic microdermabrasion costs ten times more than a home kit would. If you want faster results, though, you’d prefer the in-clinic treatment.
What it can’t do for you
While microdermabrasion in general (whether it’s a home kit, or an in-clinic treatment) can improve the appearance of fine lines and early signs of wrinkling, it can’t treat deep grooving wrinkles. This is why it’s not exactly a top-treatment for wrinkling per se. However, if you’re worried about discoloration and acne scars, especially if you’re only in your 20s and your skin still repairs itself relatively fast, this procedure can do wonders for you.
Those who have deep wrinkles as their main problems might find that they need to have microdermabrasion along with other wrinkle treatments. Microdermabrasion does improve the way the skin absorbs wrinkle creams like retin-a. However, microdermabrasion can’t be considered as an active treatment against severe wrinkling.
If you’re well into your 40s, 50s, or 60s, and would like to take the years off your face, you might find that there are other treatments which cost just as much which are more effective for firming the skin. Microdermabrasion is ideal for people in their 20s or 30s, considering the price.
When you go for a microdermabrasion treatment, you won’t have to be injected with anesthetics. While you may feel a slight tingling during the treatment, you won’t experience too much swelling, itching, reddening, or pain. Of course, you should still submit to preliminary tests, especially if you have very sensitive skin.