What Is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is one of the most affordable skin resurfacing treatments available that offers therapeutic benefits. It also pairs well with a variety of other skin treatments like chemical peels.
While there are various types of Microdermabrasion procedures available, at WIFH we have chosen the bristle technology, DermaSweep MD, for its precision, comfort, and efficacy. Like all microdermabrasion devices, DermaSweep removes the top layer of skin cells leaving the skin soft and smooth. While most microdermabrasion treatments stop here, DermaSweep has an infusion step. After the skin has been nicely exfoliated it is open to better receive topical products. A polishing tip is placed on the hand piece and a customized serum is infused deep down into the skin with gentle suction. This is what sets this microdermabrasion apart from the others on the market. These infusion serums can help target dehydrated skin, pigmentation, oily, or acne prone skin, and revive dull skin.
Microdermabrasions are ideal for getting skin back in good health, by improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, dull skin, enlarged pores, acne, mild sun damage, and uneven texture. It’s also a great maintenance treatment.
How Does Microdermabrasion Work?
Unlike traditional microdermabrasion machines that use irritating and messy particles to exfoliate the skin, DermaSweep MD uses a patented bristle technology to give the skin a noticeable glow. The skin is left smoother as the vacuum action stimulates blood flow, cleans the pores, and removes skin debris. This also encourages collagen formation which will firm and tone the skin.
The treatment doesn’t stop there. An infusion serum will be selected based on each patient’s skin’s needs. The bristles are replaced by a soft polishing tip. The serums are delivered deep into the skin layers with suction. When the skin has been freshly exfoliated it allows for better absorption of any topical product that is applied, leaving the skin radiant.
The basis of microdermabrasion is exfoliation, and this is precisely why it pairs well with other skin treatments. As mentioned, once the outer layer of dead skin cells is removed, the skin is better able to receive other treatments and/or product.
What Are The Risks/Side Effects?
Microdermabrasion is a very safe skin resurfacing procedure that carries little risk. However, even as benign as microdermabrasion is, it can still have side effects. This is why patients should ensure they choose a reputable, experienced med spa provider for microdermabrasion treatments.
For example, since the procedure uses suction, patients could develop red, hickey-like marks, bruises, or scratches and skin irritation. In extreme cases, if the tip of the microdermabrasion isn’t clean, patients could even get an infection.
We have never seen these side effects at WIFH because we have a staff of experienced aestheticians and maintain absolute cleanliness of all our equipment.
Preparing For Microdermabrasion
The Week Before the Procedure
- 3-5 days before microdermabrasion treatment it is advised to stop using exfoliating products, acids and bleaching creams/products.
- Discontinue retinols and tretinoin (Retin-A) at least 12 hours in advance (day before).
- Do not wax or have a skin treatment like a chemical peel or IPL 2 weeks prior to treatment.
- Microdermabrasion cannot be done if patients have active acne, cold sores, or open lesions.
- Please discontinue Accutane 6 months prior to having any skin treatment or procedure due to skin sensitivity.
The Day of the Treatment
There is no real prep involved on the day of the treatment. It is always preferred that patients come in with a clean face (no make-up), however if they are coming from work, we will have patients cleanse the face once they arrive.
What To Expect During The Procedure
Skin will be cleansed and prepped for treatment. Based on the skin condition, our aesthetician will select the bristle type to use.
During treatment suction may be adjusted based on how the skin reacts. Once the skin has been thoroughly exfoliated, an infusion serum will be selected. As the tip suctions the skin up, the serums pass through the tip infusing them into the skin.
Once the treatment is complete your aesthetician will apply some additional products as well as sunscreen before you leave.
Microdermabrasion is a very comfortable treatment. Patients will feel the suction draw up the skin and the bristled wand moving back and forth, but there is no discomfort at all.
Microdermabrasion Recovery Time
Immediately following treatment, the skin may be a little pink. This will typically subside in a few hours but can last as long as 24 hours. This is normal.
It is recommended that patients keep the skin well hydrated and if a patient is going to be outside, to use sunscreen.
Patients are able to apply make-up right away although many don’t want to put anything on their skin because it looks so fresh and polished.
Use only gentle cleansers for 3 days post treatment. Do not use a Clarisonic or powered cleansing brush during that time. Refrain from using any exfoliating or acid-based skin care products for at least 3 days.
After 3 days patients can resume their normal skincare regimen.
Get a Microdermabrasion Consultation
At WIFH, we believe its important for patients to schedule a one-on-one consultation with one of our experienced medical Estheticians to assess the patient’s skin and goals for treatment.
During the consultation the Esthetician will put together a treatment plan along with product recommendations for the patient to consider. Patients are encouraged to ask questions about the process, the equipment being used, whether a specific skin tone might provide a problem, and how to deal with preparation and recovery issues.
If you’re ready to learn more about microdermabrasion in Atlanta, reach out to the skin care experts at WIFH to request your complimentary consultation.
Using a vacuum system and an assortment of treatment tips, the DermaSweep MD Microdermabrasion wand gently lifts the skin, removing the top layer and then vacuums away the dead skin. The vacuum cleans the pores and increases blood flow to the skin’s surface to encourage collagen formation. Skin specific treatments, called infusions, are then applied to the skin to address conditions such as acne, hyperpigmentation and dehydration.
- Reducing early aging lines
- Uneven skin texture
- Surgical Scars
- Uneven skin texture
- Photo damage
- Improving overall skin health
The short answer is no. Microdermabrasion does not hurt. The sensation you feel might depend on the kind of microdermabrasion you get, but none of these methods should be painful or even uncomfortable.
Microdermabrasion treatments are a ‘no downtime’ procedure. You are able to return to normal activities immediately following treatment. However it is advised to avoid sun exposure for a few days after treatment. Sunscreen should be worn daily.
Yes! The DermaSweep microdermabrasion technique that we offer at WIFH is safe to have during pregnancy.
You will notice a difference in your skin immediately following treatment. However for cumulative change you will need a series of treatments. You can have a microdermabrasion treatment every 2 weeks. Microdermabrasion can also be used as a routine maintenance treatment to enhance your daily skincare regimen.
Patients can have a microdermabrasion as frequently as every 2 weeks. Microderms are a great “maintenance” procedure to keep the skin smooth and fresh.
If patients are using an aggressive product regimen like the Obagi Nu Derm System it is recommended to have a microderm every 6-weeks or so to keep the skin from becoming dull. It’s good to get all of that dead skin off from time to time.