Microdermabrasion is a popular cosmetic procedure that uses tiny exfoliating crystals to gently polish the facial skin, followed by a vacuum technique that removes these smoothing particles. The aesthetic benefits include softer, brighter, more even skin as well as fewer brown spots, age spots, and overall dullness. Pores will appear smaller and new skin growth is stimulated on the face.
With results similar to a light chemical peel, microdermabrasion has come to replace the older dermabrasion method of removing the top layer of a patient’s skin using a rapidly rotating brush. This latter method was more aggressive, leaving temporary unsightly and uncomfortable oozing scabs on the face. By contrast, a microdermabrasion session can be completed quickly and with the only common negative side effect being a slight redness.
Microdermabrasion Should be Performed by an Expert
While it is a cosmetic procedure, microdermabrasion is not technically plastic surgery. This does not mean, however, that just anybody can do it. Microdermabrasion should be performed by a dermatologist or experienced plastic surgeon like those at Clinic 360 in Toronto. Unlike most plastic surgeries, microdermabrasion does not require an intensive consultation. Rather, on the day of your treatment, you can inform the professional performing it of your expectations, current medications and supplements you are taking, medical history, beauty routine, and previous cosmetic procedures. Candidates can be of any age and ethnic background, though they should have realistic expectations and understand that microdermabrasion cannot correct major facial imperfections.
How is a Microdermabrasion Performed?
Microdermabrasion involves spraying tiny exfoliating particles onto the face to remove the outer layer of skin for a brighter, softer, rejuvenated appearance. This takes less than an hour and does not require anaesthetic as it so gentle. Microdermabrasion works on all skin types and colours, with changes so subtle that there is no risk of scarring or alteration of skin tone. However, microdermabrasion is not effective at addressing more deep-rooted facial problems such as scarring, stretch marks, wrinkles, or acne damage. Because of this gentle nature, there are virtually no risks associated with the procedure unless the exfoliating crystals get into your eyes.
During the 24 hours immediately following your microdermabrasion, you may experience a slight redness, tightness, and dryness on the treated area. This should go away after the first day. To promote optimal recovery, wear sunscreen, use moisturizer, and avoid the sun for a few days following the procedure. Also, consult with your dermatologist to see if your regular make-up regimen could potentially irritate your newly treated skin. Microdermabrasion often requires five or six sessions over a two-week period for best results.
Cost & Financing
In terms of cost, microdermabrasion is considered an elective cosmetic procedure and, as such, not covered by medical insurance. However, a single microdermabrasion session usually begins at just $79.