Microdermabrasion is a process where tiny exfoliating crystals are sprayed over the skin with the goal of removing brown spots, age spots, and adding luster to skin that has gone dull. During microdermabrasion, the body’s collagen production is boosted to help renew your skin to reveal a smoother, brighter complexion.
Dermabrasion versus Microdermabrasion
Dermabrasion was initially created with the idea of helping patients who had acne scars, scars from diseases, or scars from accidents. It is not effective in treating congenital skin problems such as moles, pigmentation issues like birthmarks, or deep scars that are caused by burns. Dermabrasion can only be used on people with fair skin as it causes individuals with darker skin to experience discoloration.
On the other hand, microdermabrasion can be used on people of any skin type and skin color. It is designed to make minute changes that do not affect a person’s skin color or leave scarring. Microdermabrasion is not designed to address issues like scars, wrinkles, or stretch marks.
One of the benefits of microdermabrasion is that since it is not as invasive as dermabrasion, there is minimal downtime. After the procedure, the patient will have skin that is pink, but this usually heals in about 24 hours. As patients undergo this procedure, they do not need an anesthetic, nor do they require surgery. This procedure is ideal for patients whose schedule does not allow them to take a lot of downtime.
Is Microdermabrasion Right for You?
It is best to talk to our medical team before you have the procedure performed. During the consultation, we will ask you about your skincare goals and explain to you in detail the risks and benefits that come from this procedure. We can tell you what to expect before, during, and after the procedure and may take photographs of your face before and after so that you can compare the results.
What You Should Expect after the Procedure
Microdermabrasion will leave your skin feeling tight and dry. Many patients compare it to the sensation they feel when they are sunburned or wind burned. The sensation lasts for about 24 hours, and then the skin returns to normal. During the first 24 hours after the procedure, patients should avoid applying makeup, and they should use moisturizer to protect the skin. It is recommended that patients avoid sun exposure for the few days after the procedure. After that time has passed, they should use sunscreen when they are out in the sun.
Schedule Your Consultation
Microdermabrasion is a noninvasive procedure that allows patients to regain their youthful appearance, minimize the appearance of acne scars, minimize the appearance of wrinkles, and restore youthful vigor to their face. At Guelph Medical Laser Skin Centre, we’ll work with you to determine the safest and most effective treatment plan for your skin and your aesthetic goals. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.