When to Get Microdermabrasion: Is It Right for You?

There are many factors to consider if and when to get Microdermabrasion treatments. In this article, we offer 10 questions to consider before you decide to get a microdermabrasion. Find out if it’s right for you!

1) Is microdermbabrasion suitable for me?

Are you looking to get rid of acne scars, uneven skin, large pores, age spots, or fine wrinkles? Do you want a better texture of skin? If so, you may wish to investigate microdermabrasion. It revitalizes dead skin and increases its elasticity, allowing the skin to thicken with increased collagen production.

However, microdermabrasion cannot completely remove severe scarring or spotting, as it removes just the top layer of skin. For deeper skin discolorations that reach into the epidermis, you may have to consider a medium to deep chemical peel, laser treatments or dermabrasion.

It also cannot remove tattoos, and isn’t recommended for patients with active rosacea, warts, acne, psoriasis, and fragile capillaries. Microdermabrasions can be added to any skin care regimen and can be done as often as every 2 weeks.

2) Do you understand what microdermabrasion entails?

Microdermabrasions have evolved over the years. Once upon a time the only type of microdermabrasion available used a powered hand-held tool to spray micro-beads of crystals onto your skin at a high rate of speed. These crystals, often made of aluminum oxide or sodium chloride, exfoliated and blasted away the top layer of skin to reveal new skin underneath. This method, which is still in use today can be messy and cannot be done prior to receiving other skin treatments.

Now there are other types of microdermabrasion. The 2 most common are diamond cut and bristle technologies.

Diamond cut or some may call it Diamond Peel uses a tipped wand. There are various levels of coarseness for different skin types and skin conditions. The tip is made of natural diamond chips which polish the skin and simultanesous suction removes the dead skin cells. This type of microdermabrasion can be immediately followed by other skin treatments such as peels or products.

Bristle mircrodermabrasions are also very popular. Similar to the diamond peel, the bristles come in varying degrees of coarseness for different skin types and conditions. The bristles remove and polish the skin while suctioning the loosened dead skin away. The simultaneous suction helps to bring blood to the surface of the skin and also stimulates collagen production.

After the skin has been abraded a soft infusion tip is placed on the wand and your skin profession will determine the best infusion serum to aid in your skin care goals. You can also follow up with peels, products or laser treatments after having this kind of microdermabrasion.

3) Can you come in for a series of treatments?

You should consult your skin care professional for a general idea of how many treatments you need, but you will need multiple visits. Most people say they see improvement after the first two sessions, but many experts suggest up to 10 treatments, scheduled several weeks apart so that skin has time to recover. Even after your recommended sessions are complete, you may wish to schedule maintenance treatments every several months to maintain the effects.

4) Do you have a great cosmetic physician or skin care professional available to provide services?

Aestheticians offer microdermabrasions and other skin care services, they are pretty easy to come by, they are in every local salon and spa, but beyond being licensed there is limited regulation for this profession. Be sure to select one that is very experienced. There are also medical aestheticians that perform services in medical offices and therapeutic spas that have direct oversight by a physician.

This is a huge benefit because the doctor can examine your skin to make sure you’re a viable candidate, and can and can offer knowledge and safety in case of a medical emergency. They also tend to use more potent products that aren’t available for use in a regular salon or spa. Medical grade cosmeceuticals offer more therapeutic value and can help achieve your skin care goals in a short amount of time.

5) Have you done your research?

It’s important that you understand exactly what you’re getting into. Ask questions. Know exactly what the process entails, what equipment your provider uses, whether your skin tone might provide a problem, and how to deal with preparation and recovery issues. Make sure you are capable of following the instructions your skin care professional gives you.

6) Can you handle low levels of discomfort?

Microdermabrasion is usually gentle and painless, although some patients experience itchiness or an initial stinging sensation post treatment depending on whether or not any products were infused into the skin. Your skin does get used to the process so the more often you have it done the more acclimated your skin will become. You may notice a little redness in the skin for a couple of hours post treatment. If you are super sensitive this could last a day or so. Overall this is a very safe procedure with minimal side effects.

7) Should you waxing or sunbathing prior to treatment?

While there are minimal pre-treatment requirements, your skin care professional may ask that you to discontinue using certain alpha-hydroxy products with glycolic acid or lactic acid, salicylic acid products, retinoids, and benzoyl peroxide, and to avoid aspirin-based or anti-inflammatory medications for a couple days before having your microdermabrasion.

Once your skin acclimates to microdemabrasions you may be allowed to continue these products before and immediately following your treatment, but this will all depend on how your skin reacts. Your skin care professional will probably advise no waxing and sun exposure just before and a few days after treatment.

8) Can you afford it?

The price of microdermabrasion varies widely based on areas treated, expertise level of your aesthetician, your geographical location, and extra products or services being provided, so you should check with your cosmetic practitioner. Ask how much one treatment will cost, how many treatments. Often treatments are packaged in a series for a discounted price. You probably already guessed it, but insurance does not cover cosmetic procedures.

9) How much downtime do you have?

One of the advantages of microdermabrasion is a short recovery time, and fast-appearing results. Other, more invasive procedures may offer more dramatic results, but with downtime, which isn’t real convenient. If your lifestyle is conducive to longer, deeper treatments, you may wish to consider more aggressive options.. If not, microdermabrasions are an excellent choice.

10) Do you have a major event coming up?

If you are getting married or have an event you need to look great for, consider the timing. You can experience some flaking and peeling post microdermabrasion and that doesn’t look good in pictures, so you’ll want to schedule your treatments well in advance of any big parties, or make sure they come afterwards. Doing anything new to your skin isn’t a good idea prior to milestones events like these, so take that into account when scheduling your treatments.