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Reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, scars and even enlarged pores with microdermabrasion. This skin rejuvenation technique is a less expensive, less painful alternative to dermabrasion. If you’re wondering if microdermabrasion is the right skin treatment for you, keep reading to learn more about how it works and what its primary benefits are.

What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a process that’s used for resurfacing the skin. This non-invasive cosmetic procedure starts with a skincare technician applying fine crystals to the skin with a minimally abrasive wand, which gently exfoliates the skin’s surface and removes the top layer. This treatment generally takes about one hour to complete on the face and neck.

What Does Microdermabrasion Do For Your Face?

By removing the top layer of skin from the face, surface blemishes, including scars, acne and fine lines can quickly be erased without undergoing any invasive treatments. After microdermabrasion, the face feels smoother and softer.

How Long Will Microdermabrasion Last?

The effects of microdermabrasion generally last about one month. However, the length of time you see noticeable results depends on a variety of factors, including your age, how well your skin responds to treatment and how well you care for your skin on a day-to-day basis.

Do Dermatologists Recommend Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is frequently recommended by dermatologists, particularly for those who have acne scarring, dry skin or fine lines and wrinkles. That being said, if you’ve got sensitive skin, skin conditions or are taking any medications, it’s important to speak to your dermatologist before receiving microdermabrasion to ensure it won’t damage or upset your skin.

Benefits of Microdermabrasion

The benefits of microdermabrasion are plentiful. They include:

  1. Reducing the appearance of scars, stretch marks and fine lines or wrinkles.
  2. Reducing the appearance of pores.
  3. Fading age spots and areas of hyperpigmentation.
  4. Removing blackheads.

Is Microdermabrasion Worth the Money?

Because microdermabrasion is less invasive than many other skin treatment options, many people wonder if the results will be as noticeable. While these results do vary from client to client, most feel that it’s a worthy investment. 

It’s worth noting that microdermabrasion is considerably less expensive than many of the alternatives, including surgical skin treatments and fillers, which makes it more affordable and accessible for a broader range of people. 

Will Microdermabrasion Remove Acne?

While microdermabrasion isn’t a cure for acne, it can help to reduce the appearance of mild breakouts of blackheads or whiteheads, as well as acne scarring. If you suffer from cystic acne, it’s usually best to wait for flare-ups to subside before scheduling a microdermabrasion session. It’s also a good idea for those with cystic acne or other skin conditions to discuss the treatment with their dermatologist before booking.

What Are the Side Effects of Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion isn’t invasive, so it’s usually okay to go about your usual routine after receiving treatment. However, there are minimal side effects that you might notice. That includes: 

  • Mild tenderness
  • Localized swelling
  • Redness
  • Dryness
  • Mild bruising

If you experience dry of flaky skin after your Microdermabrasion treatment, your technician will likely advise you to apply a moisturizer to your face and neck in the days following your appointment.

To learn more about microdermabrasion treatments or to schedule an appointment with our skincare technicians, give us a call at (205) 655-0200 or book your appointment online.