What happens during microdermabrasion?
The dermatologist uses a handheld device that gently removes the top layer of skin. You may feel a sanding sensation, but this is not painful. It takes about 30 to 40 minutes to treat the entire face and about 20 minutes to treat the neck.
After the treatment, a moisturizer is applied.
What will I need to do after microdermabrasion?
You may need to apply a moisturizer or other skin care product at home.
You will be given a skin-care plan that includes sun protection. Protecting your skin form the sun helps ensure the best possible results and reduces the risk of side effects.
Is there downtime?
You will not have downtime or a recovery period. Some patients’ skin turns pink or red. The skin can swell a bit. These side effects are similar to having a sunburn or windburn for a day or two. During this time, some patients feel uncomfortable returning to work or being in public.
When will I see results from microdermabrasion?
Most patients need a series of treatments to see results. To treat signs of aging, a dermatologist may treat a patient weekly, every two weeks, or monthly. Most patients receive between 5 and 16 treatments.
After a series of treatments, patients usually say they have smoother skin and a more-radiant complexion.
How long will the results last?
The results tend to be temporary. Patients who protect their skin from the sun and follow the recommended skin-care plan will maintain their results for a longer time. Yet, no matter what we do, our skin continues to age. Follow-up treatments are usually necessary to help retain smoother skin and a more radiant complexion.
What are the possible side effects?
After microdermabrasion, your treated skin may be pink or red and slightly swollen. This tends to disappear within a day.
In some cases, the skin can bruise, burn, sting, or become extremely sensitive to sunlight. These will go away without treatment.
When can I safely get another treatment?
Microdermabrasion treats only the top layer of the skin, so the skin recovers quickly. Most people can safely have another treatment a week later. Some patients, however, need several weeks to recover.