Microdermabrasion is done by spraying microcrystals, or droplets of aluminum oxide crystals, on the surface of the skin. Then, the microcrystals will be rubbed to remove the top layer of skin (epidermis). The body will assume the skin has been injured, so the body instantly replaces the skin with new skin. Currently, microdermabrasion can be done with two tools, the handheld and the stick with the tip shaped like a gem. Both devices are equipped with a vacuum system to suck crystals and dead skin cells lifted by crystals. Patients do not need to be given anesthesia, because the procedure is painless, only a slight discomfort. Before the procedure, patients will be given a remedy so they feel calm. This procedure will usually last for 30-45 minutes, depending on the amount of stain that needs to be removed. Patients may go home and move as usual, because microdermabrasion does not require recovery time. Visit our website to get the best microdermabrasion machine.
It is possible that the patient is not allowed to undergo microdermabrasion because of the possible complications and risks of this procedure. Examples are pregnant women and patients who have recently undergone chemical peels or collagen injections. Patients with dark skin should also choose other skin care, as their skin is more at risk of injury or discoloration due to microdermabrasion. Patients who have recently undergone other facial treatments also need to wait for 2-3 weeks before they can undergo microdermabrasion. Symptoms usually experienced by patients during and after microdermabrasion are:
Somewhat itchy when the doctor starts to clean the dead cells on the skin surface
The skin feels vibrant
Skin is sucked to remove dead skin cells that have been released
Bruises for several days, usually due to skin cell suction process
Sensitive to sunlight
The skin is red
Skin is cracked
Erythema or red spots
Edema or swelling due to fluid accumulation
After microdermabrasion, patients are advised to protect the skin by using sunscreen for several days, especially when traveling during the day. Patients should also avoid waxing, tanning, and makeup for several weeks. In addition, dermatologists can provide special moisturizers to protect and improve the outcome of the procedure. However, these symptoms are only temporary and can heal by itself in a matter of hours, days, or weeks. The most commonly lost symptom is redness, which is about 6-8 weeks after the procedure.