What is the difference between microdermabrasion and dermabrasion?
You may also have heard of dermabrasion and wonder how microdermabrasion is different. While dermabrasion can remove scars, wrinkles, and sunspots, the procedure is more invasive than microdermabrasion and often requires a general or local anesthetic. It takes longer than microdermabrasion; some treatments last up to two hours. Following dermabrasion, the skin remains red, swollen, and sensitive for up to ten days.
Non-invasive skin rejuvenation with microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion is much less invasive than dermabrasion. Your specialist will use a small, hand-held device to spray and circulate a high-pressure flow of aluminum oxide crystals onto your skin. The gentle friction removes dirt and dead skin cells, which are then vacuumed into the microdermabrasion treatment system, leaving your skin clean and smooth.
What are the side effects of microdermabrasion?
Because this treatment only affects the epidermis – the skin’s outermost layer – the procedure is minimally invasive. You will feel little discomfort and experience few side effects. Your skin may feel slightly warm and look a little flushed during the treatment, but this will resolve as soon as the treatment is completed. If you have extremely sensitive skin, you may experience longer-lasting redness, mild skin peeling, alight bruising, and minimal scabbing. However, this will quickly resolve without any long-term damage to your skin.