You may have heard of a novel treatment called Microdermabrasion that people have been using to revitalise their skin, treat signs of aging, and reduce discolouration.

But what exactly is it? In this blog, we’ll discuss what microdermabrasion is, how it’s used, and what to expect from the treatment, during and after.

What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion, sometimes abbreviated as MDA, is a non-invasive procedure that utilises a mild abrasive effect on the outermost layer of skin to achieve a more smoother skin complexion. It is a pain-free process that generally takes less than an hour and can be completed in a variety of settings.

While the process always entails the same concept—that by gently abrading the outermost layer of skin, called the Stratum Corneum, your body can rebuild it quickly and more evenly, which results in reducing the appearance of dark spots, wrinkles, and fine lines—there are a few ways this effect is achieved.

There are at-home systems, but many people prefer to see an experienced licensed skin care professional to carry out the procedure in a more spa-like setting. A small handpiece is held to the skin where it is being treated, and in some systems, small crystals are gently blown at the skin, while in other systems, the handpiece contains tiny diamonds embedded in it that create the same effect. In both systems, a gentle vacuum suction is applied at the same time, removing debris and dead skin, and the handpiece is generally passed over the target area a few times to achieve optimal results.

How Does Microdermabrasion Feel?

In general, microdermabrasion is a pain free process. It’s been described as similar to the feeling of being licked by a cat or sitting on a beach on a windy day, and it can even be a relaxing process, especially in a salon setting. You might be put in a reclining chair and have a handpiece gently pulled across your skin as a skin care professional carries out the procedure. As it has just been thoroughly exfoliated, your skin may feel a bit tight following treatment.

What Does Microdermabrasion Do For Your Skin?

For such a relaxing procedure, the results can be surprising. Microdermabrasion can do a lot for your skin!

By gently removing outer layers of debris and dead skin cells, the process allows your newly refreshed skin to appear brighter, reduces visibility of wrinkles and fine lines, reduces the visibility of dark spots.

How Long Does Microdermabrasion Last?

With such exciting benefits, you may be wondering something important: how long do the effects of microdermabrasion last?

The first thing to know is that everyone is different, and skin is no exception. Generally speaking, the results can be expected to last between 2 weeks and a month, but for some people it may be notably longer or shorter. The time that treatment lasts, in part depends on factors such as age and genetics, but also on how much damage your skin receives from things like sun exposure.

You can discuss a treatment plan with your skin care provider, who may offer insight from experience and help you tailor the right treatment for you.

How Often Should You Have Microdermabrasion?

Like how long it lasts, how often you might choose to repeat the treatment differs from person to person. People often choose to repeat the treatment every four weeks, but it isn’t uncommon for someone to have it done every two weeks, or even every six to eight weeks.

It all depends on how long the treatment lasts for you, your desired results, and, of course, your own schedule.

What Not To Do After Microdermabrasion

While microdermabrasion has very few side effects and is a gentle process, with virtually zero downtime after treatment, there are a few things to be aware of after receiving microdermabrasion that will help you have the best possible experience after treatments.

There are a few things not to do immediately after receiving treatment.

Irritate Your Skin

The first thing to avoid is irritating your newly refreshed skin. Be sure to avoid using irritating or exfoliating products on the area after receiving microdermabrasion treatment.

You’ve already exfoliated your skin thoroughly, so you want to avoid further irritating it while it is being repaired.

Get Sun Damage

Your skin will be especially sensitive to UV radiation following your treatment, so be sure to wear sunscreen and avoid getting sunburned after your treatment to avoid causing sun damage to your refreshed skin.

The treatment is aimed at repairing damage often caused by the sun in the first place, so avoiding further damage from the sun will help ensure the best possible results!

Dry Your Skin

Moisture is essential to the healing process after microdermabrasion, and you’ll want to keep your skin thoroughly moisturised for the best results. Be sure to keep your skin moisturised a few times a day or as needed, following your treatment.

Your skin care provider may provide you with a moisturising mask following the procedure to help keep your skin hydrated and happy.

You may also consider avoiding caffeine and alcohol, which can contribute to dehydrating your skin.

Microdermabrasion At Home Or At A Salon

With so many advances in medical technology, perhaps it’s no surprise that there are some devices available for at-home treatment. While at-home devices offer some level of flexibility, going the professional route and getting treatment at a salon offers its own benefits. For one, at-home treatments have a steep learning curve, and are often less powerful than the devices your skin care professional might have. 

When it comes to getting a professional treatment, you can expect an experienced professional to carry out the procedure with expert care, and offer related skincare advice before, during, and after. In a salon setting it will also be a more relaxing procedure, as you simply sit back and relax while your skin care provider takes care of the procedure. They will know exactly how much pressure to apply and which treatments might work best for you.

In a salon setting, your skincare provider may also be able to provide a deeper cleaning with more advanced equipment, and of course will have more experience achieving optimal results.

The Benefits of Microdermabrasion

For a procedure with virtually no drawbacks, microdermabrasion has a lot of benefits! The procedure offers a way to enhance the appearance of your skin in a healthy way. After getting treatment you can expect your skin to appear lighter, smoother, and more even, all after a very short procedure that’s both non invasive and pain free.

Compared to concealers and harsh chemical treatments, microdermabrasion is a clear winner when it comes to smooth skin.

The Bottom Line

Microdermabrasion is a great way to treat your skin when it comes to scar tissue, dark spots, lines and wrinkles. With almost no downtime, easy aftercare, and being a relaxing experience, the procedure offers one of the best ways to achieve clearer, more even, smoother skin.

If you’ve been wondering about getting microdermabrasion treatments yourself, or if you’re excited now to learn more, and you’re in the Brisbane area, Chantal Louise Skin Therapy offers a multitude of great treatment options, including microdermabrasion!