What Is Microdermabrasion?

Women with a yellow flower in her hair undergoing a microdermabrasion procedure, while laying her head on a purple towel.

Microdermabrasion is a skin resurfacing technique that has results similar to a chemical or laser peel — but is faster, less invasive and less uncomfortable than these treatments with comparable results. Unlike a chemical or laser peel, a microdermabrasion process doesn’t require any recovery time. You can go in for a microdermabrasion procedure in the afternoon and still be able to hit the town that very night with fresh, smooth, younger-looking skin.

Microdermabrasion is no more invasive or time-consuming than a massage or a manicure. This fast turnaround has made this procedure a very popular treatment. Here’s what to know.

History of Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a distinctly modern procedure that proves that high-tech thinking has a place in the beauty world. The modern version of this unique skin treatment as we know it now was developed by a pair of Italian doctors in 1985, and has since caught on all over the world.

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Microdermabrasion Process

The process is completed using  an exfoliating technique that removes the fine outer layer of skin with a moving instrument, revealing a fresh, young-looking complexion and causing the face to quickly regenerate new layers of smooth, flawless skin. In the microdermabrasion process, a device sprays extremely fine aluminum oxide crystals over the surface of the skin and then the tool applies gentle circular pressure, working the granules against the face to loosen the outer layer of skin. After this is complete, light suction lifts the old layer of skin away. This entire procedure usually takes between half an hour to an hour.

Post-procedure, take care of your skin with moisturizer and sunscreen, since your new skin will be much more sensitive to light and heat.

This process removes the outer layer of skin, and doesn’t go as deep as getting a chemical peel. Microdermabrasion might be a better option for a person with certain conditions or whose skin might not be as receptive to a chemical peel with good results. 

Why Microdermabrasion?

If you have superficial skin conditions such as light scars, slight pits, dents, acne, age spots or uneven spots, microdermabrasion can remove or help eliminate the appearance of these unsightly issues.

This process can also reduce the appearance of wrinkles and other fine lines, which is great for anyone looking for a way to may their face appear younger. A few half an hour sessions of microdermabrasion can wipe away the damage that has accumulated over a period of many years.

Are you interested in learning more about microdermabrasion, or have other questions about any of our services? Maybe you’re ready to book an appointment. Contact Athré Facial Plastics today and let’s get started.