Microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive skin-exfoliation technique crafted to address issues like sun damage, scars, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. Beyond its aesthetic advantages, microdermabrasion promotes improved circulation and lymph flow. Results manifest immediately, and patients can promptly resume regular activities without downtime. This in-office procedure eliminates the need for anesthesia and can be seamlessly integrated with other treatments such as chemical peels or laser therapy.

In contrast to the more intensive dermabrasion, which is employed for treating severe skin conditions, microdermabrasion involves a significantly gentler approach. Dermabrasion, a surgical intervention involving the removal of multiple skin layers, is reserved for addressing more substantial skin concerns.

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The Microdermabrasion Procedure

Typically administered by an aesthetician, the microdermabrasion procedure involves using a handheld device to disperse minute aluminum oxide crystals across the designated treatment zone. These crystals, along with dead skin cells, are subsequently suctioned away using a vacuum tool, revealing rejuvenated underlying skin. A session can range from five to 60 minutes, and the effects of a single treatment are transient. To sustain improvement, it is advisable to undergo microdermabrasion every 2 to 4 weeks.

Risks of Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is generally considered safe for all skin types, including Asian and dark-skinned patients prone to skin discoloration with other treatments. While there are no significant risks associated with microdermabrasion, some individuals may experience mild redness and irritation. Patients over 70 may have a slightly heightened risk of bruising and skin abrasions. Sun exposure should be avoided post-procedure to safeguard the skin, as some of its natural protection may have been removed.

For individuals with a history of cold sores, microdermabrasion could reactivate the causative virus. In such cases, it may be recommended to avoid treatment around the lip area or take preventive antiviral medication before undergoing the procedure.

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