Wednesday, December 15th, 2021
Microdermabrasion is a popular skin treatment that removes the outer dead cell layer of the skin. If you’ve never had this service but are aware of how it works, your first inclination may be to assume that it hurts to have microdermabrasion performed. Because we know how microdermabrasion works, and also what it can do for the skin, we know this is an idea that must be discussed. We’ll do that here, as well as answer a few other common questions people asks if they decide if microdermabrasion is right for them.
A microdermabrasion treatment is done to remove the dead cells that have stuck abnormally to the skin’s outer layer. These cells can obscure the skin’s natural glow and may even clog pores, creating acne or causing small milia or cysts. The process works by “spraying” the skin with micro-fine crystals. The crystals are delivered through a narrow tube so they can be focused on one small area of the skin at a time. As quickly as the crystals the skin, they and the dead cells knocked loose are vacuumed away. Just one treatment can restore the skin’s radiance. Multiple treatments scheduled about 2-4 weeks apart can substitute for daily exfoliation in some cases. Each treatment may take approximately 30 minutes. Before performing the treatment, the provider cleanses the skin. After the treatment, they cleanse the skin again and may apply sunscreen or a serum.
It’s possible that you may want more than one treatment. This depends on what you want to achieve. Many people schedule a one-time microdermabrasion treatment as a pampering service or before starting a skin care routine that could cause moderate peeling. Doing so is a treat for the skin! Others do microdermabrasion on a regular basis to reduce the need for exfoliation or to simply help in exfoliation. It is exceptionally helpful if you have multiple small cyst or milia. Remember, though, the effects of microdermabrasion are cumulative. The more consistent you are with treatments at regular intervals, even if that’s every couple of months, the better your skin will age.
Now to that big question. Does Microdermabrasion Hurt? It does not. The applicator tip never touches the skin. There is no pulling or puncturing, just a spray of ultra-fine crystals. Patients describe it as more of a gritty sensation than irritating or painful.
Schedule your microdermabrasion treatment at our Highlands, NC office by calling (828) 526-3783.