Microdermabrasion is a simple, straightforward, non-invasive procedure that revitalizes dull skin, reduces large pores, erases fine lines, wrinkles, and most acne scars, and reduces mild pigment irregularities (hyperpigmentation), stretch marks, and age spots. Microdermabrasion is equally effective as other skin treatments (on superficial imperfections) and most importantly, it allows you to get back to your daily routine immediately after treatment.
Your skin is made up of two main layers, the epidermis, and the dermis. The epidermis is the layer closest to the outside. It’s a set of dead skin cells on top of another layer of cells that are in the process of maturing. The topmost layer is called the stratum corneum. The stratum corneum mostly acts as a barrier between the outside world and the lower skin layers. It keeps all but the smallest molecules from getting through to your body.
When you put all sorts of lotions, creams, and sunblocks on your skin, some of the moisture passes through the stratum corneum, but not all of it. This layer is where many minor skin imperfections exist like fine wrinkle lines and pigmentations.
All of the action in microdermabrasion takes place at the level of the stratum corneum. Since it only really targets the epidermis (and not the dermis). Affecting deeper layers of skin would be painful and harmful, and it would risk permanently embedding the tiny grains into the skin.
In a microdermabrasion procedure, the technician uses a handheld device that sprays fine crystals onto the surface of your skin, providing gentle abrasion, or “polishing,” to remove the outer layer of dead cells. Each treatment takes about 60 minutes. Five to twelve microdermabrasion treatments at one- to two-week intervals are recommended for the best results.
Microdermabrasion is often called a “lunch hour” treatment because it’s a quick procedure that can be performed during your lunch hour with little or no discomfort with the best results. The treated skin may be pink after the treatment, but this will usually fade away within a short time. You can apply makeup soon after undergoing microdermabrasion to conceal any visible signs of the treatment. Microdermabrasion recovery and results are among the most popular of all the noninvasive facial treatments available today.