Microdermabrasion (Skin Polishing)
Microdermabrasion (also known as “power peel”) is more like softened sandblasting. Microcrystals are sprayed against the skin to encourage exfoliation and increase blood flow. Suction of the loosened skin particles stimulates some collagen production.
Microdermabrasion works best on superficial skin problems like fine lines, dull skin (Skin rejuvenation), brown spots, (uneven skin pigmentation) , mild acne scars,age spots and in some cases of melasma. However, it is not effective for deeper problems like scars, stretch marks, keloids, or deep acne scars.
Microdermabrasion is a nonsurgical procedure. Therefore, there are none of the risks associated with even minor surgery like dermabrasion, where anaesthetics are used and skin bleeds.
The effects of microdermabrasion can be potentiated by starting sunscreens, a topical retinoid and if indicated, a hydroquinone-containing skin fading product, as part of a rigorous skin care regimen 1-2 months prior to your first treatment. The night before your treatment, any retinoid must be stopped and can be resumed the night after.
After microdermabrasion, skin is pink and feels dry and tight (like sunburn or windburn), for about 24 hours. Moisturizers should be applied. Some types of makeup should not be applied for at least 24 hours after the procedure.
Smooth texture of the skin is noted the day after your first microdermabrasion but full effects are most obvious after a series of 3-6 treatments, spaced 3-4 weeks apart.
The time needed to see the desired effects varies from months to years.
The Contraindications of microdermabrasion are the history of phenol peel, isotretinoin (Accutane) in the past 6 months, sunburn and recent tan.
Mild redness may persists up to 24 hours .Microdermabrasion side effects may include: Crystals may get into unprotected eyes, causing irritation.
One should avoid sun exposure for a few days immediately following the procedure.